Our Friends

As a Community Interest Company we endeavour to maintain relationships with, or promote support for, a variety of local heritage groups and societies and a range of other businesses with a view to increasing interest and investment in the heritage of Suffolk and East Anglia.

Heritage societies and organisations


Hands on Heritage

Created in 2009 with Heritage Lottery funding and set in Forestry Commission woodland the Hands on Heritage experimental archaeology centre at Tunstall, Suffolk was directly supported for several years by Suffolk Archaeology until late 2018. A charitable heritage organisation predominantly staffed by volunteers it provides educational visits for schools, youth and adult groups and gives visitors the chance to learn about our heritage, and experience how our ancestors lived and worked from prehistoric times through to the Anglo-Saxon period.

Suffolk Institute of Archaeology & History

Suffolk’s largest and oldest archaeological and historical society which, through its journal, newsletter, lectures and excursions, plays an important role in encouraging and publishing research on Suffolk’s past.

Suffolk Archaeological Field Group

An amateur group, linked to the Suffolk Institute of Archaeology & History, that carries out documentary research, fieldwalking, metal detecting, geophysical surveys and small excavations on sites across Suffolk.

Friends of Suffolk Record Office

A registered charity aiming to promote the Suffolk Record Office and to facilitate the acquisition and conservation of archival material of relevance to Suffolk.

Suffolk Historic Churches Trust

Founded in response to the growing awareness of the threat to our historic churches the Trust raises and distributes grants to help with their repair and maintenance.

Suffolk Family History Society

A group of amateur genealogists promoting and encouraging the study of family history, genealogy, heraldry and local history in Suffolk.

Suffolk Local History Council

A registered charity encouraging and supporting the study of local history in Suffolk.

The Eighth in the East

The Story of the 8th United States Army Air Force in the East of England.

Local groups

Aldeburgh and District Local History Society

A group concerned with the local history of the area covered by Aldeburgh, Thorpeness, Leiston, Snape, Iken, and Sudbourne. Partners of Suffolk Archaeology in the Barbers point excavations.

Hoxne Heritage Group

Local group of people interested in discovering and preserving the history of Hoxne, a village with a wealth of history and famous archaeological sites, for future generations.

Ipswich Archaeological Trust

The Ipswich Archaeological Trust was formed in October 1982 to inform the people of Ipswich about, and involve them in, archaeological work being undertaken in the town and surrounding area.

Lowestoft Archaeological and Local History Society

Newmarket Local History Society

Stour Valley Community Archaeology

Waveney Valley Community Archaeology

A community archaeology group for the wider Waveney Valley, from Diss to Lowestoft and beyond.

Other businesses and organisations

Quay Place

Wellness and Heritage centre and conference venue in the restored Church of St Mary on the Quay, Ipswich. The venue for the 2017 Suffolk Archaeology conference!

Ipswich Town and Waterfront

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