Registered Charity No. 288042

Helping to preserve Suffolk’s archival heritage

FOSRO John Blatchly Appeal Leaflet.pdf


Further information and details on how to donate are given in our special leaflet which can be downloaded here. You can donate online at the MyDonate website by clicking on the logo to the right

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The Friends of Suffolk Record Office (FOSRO) was formed in 1983, when they played a key role in raising £250,000 to buy the Elveden manuscripts, now held at the Ipswich branch. As a registered charity, our twin aims are first, to promote the records service provided by the County Council, and lobby on its behalf, and second, to facilitate the acquisition and conservation of archival material of relevance to the historic county of Suffolk.

Since our formation, the Friends have purchased many other fine archives for the Suffolk Record Office. In many cases these might have been lost to the county without their action. For instance, we saved the Burrell collection of First World War military photographs, the manorial records of Waldringfield and the Shrubland Hall photographic collection. With others, we acquired the Joan Corder collection of East Anglian heraldic manuscripts and material from the Ickworth archives. We have also purchased many single items that have appeared on the market, such as the day book of a Layham blacksmith and a minute book of the Cosford Poor Law Union.

Please visit our acquisitions page to see images of some of the outstanding items we have secured for the county.

If you are passionate about preserving Suffolk’s archival heritage, please join us. Membership costs from just £12 per year.


Our 2018 Annual General Meeting will be held at Christchurch Mansion in Ipswich on Wednesday 23rd May at 6.30pm. All members are invited to attend. Please click here to go to a separate page with all the relevant AGM documentation.

We are also delighted to invite FOSRO members and visitors to a special lecture to be given after the AGM, at 7.30pm, by Dr James Freeman, Medieval Manuscripts Specialist at Cambridge University Library. Please click on the image of the invitation to the right to read full details of the talk as well as information on how to apply for a place.

FOSRO talk invitation 23 May 2018.pdf