All branches of the Suffolk Record Office operate under the County Archive Research Network (CARN) scheme, and to look at documents you will need a CARN reader ticket. These can be issued on your first visit, after providing suitable proof of identity. The CARN card can be used in any participating Record Office in the UK.
NEWS ITEM: The “County Archives Research Network” (CARN) access card scheme, which allows access to 68 local archives at the moment, is under threat and scheduled to close on 30th November 2018 — read more about it here.
NEWS ITEM: National Lottery funding approved for ‘The Hold: A Suffolk Archives Service for the 21st Century’ — read more about it here.
In January , Suffolk County Council announced plans to replace the record office based at Lowestoft Library with an unmanned access point by the end of 2019, and move the archives currently stored there into a multi-million pound facility in Ipswich. The current record office in Clapham Road South is not considered to be sustainable, because its basement is prone to flooding and damp hazards, and mould growth — whilst fire resistance is not up to the current standard. Suffolk County Council’s Cabinet Member for Health, Tony Goldson, said the safeguarding of archives was the key concern.
Following a campaign by the Save Our Record Office (SORO) group, with a petition which now has over 7,000 signatures, the County Council announced it would be putting the plans on hold while a public consultation takes place, which is due to formally start in late spring. Waveney Councillors have backed a proposal to prioritise renovation of Lowestoft Town Hall as a possible home for the Record Office.