The Friends of Suffolk Archives (FOSA) was formed in 1983 as the Friends of Suffolk Record Office (FOSRO), when we 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:
• to promote the archives service provided by the County Council; and
• 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 Archives (formerly the Suffolk Record Office). In many cases these might have been lost to the county without our action. For instance, we saved the Walton 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.

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

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