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‘Arrivals: Celebrating Migration to Suffolk’ – The Hold, Ipswich

November 24, 2023 - April 10, 2024

Suffolk Archives’ latest exhibition Arrivals: Celebrating Migration to Suffolk’ is now open at The Hold in Ipswich, and explores historical and contemporary experiences of migration to Suffolk since the end of World War II.­­­­

‘Arrivals: Celebrating Migration to Suffolk’ has been co-curated by Suffolk Archives, a Suffolk County Council service, with local community groups. Made possible by The National Lottery Heritage Fund, the free exhibition includes items from Suffolk’s archive collections, as well as items on loan from communities across the county that celebrate different foods, clothing, traditions, and culture.

Exhibition highlights include:

  • New oral history recordings from a wide range of individuals from diverse communities
  • A section exploring and celebrating migrant entrepreneurs and their Suffolk-based businesses
  • Archive materials from Ipswich and Suffolk Council for Racial Equality
  • An exploration of Jewish refugees living in Suffolk during World War II including The Orbach Family
  • A deep dive into the migration story of Polish soldier Marion Laskowski, including his suitcase
  • Archive materials relating to the Windrush generation including documents and correspondence from Cranes Limited
  • Examples of traditional costumes and clothing from across the globe

As an extension of the exhibition, Suffolk Archives has also been working with local groups, artists and schools, on a community art installation called ‘The Journey’. The installation has been created from 125 birds made from sustainably sourced plywood, which are decorated to represent stories of migration in a creative way. The flock of birds is on display in The Street area of The Hold.

Exhibition opening times are 10am-4pm Monday to Friday, with late opening until 9pm on Thursdays. 10am-4pm Saturday and Sunday.

You can book free tickets for the Arrivals: Celebrating Migration to Suffolk’ exhibition by visiting: www.suffolkarchives.co.uk. Alternatively, just turn up and depending on the capacity of the exhibition gallery you will be admitted as soon as possible.

The Café at The Hold is also open daily for visitors to drop in for refreshments.

There is also a programme of events accompanying the Arrivals: Celebrating Migration to Suffolk’ exhibition. These are ticketed and can be booked in advance by visiting: www.suffolkarchives.co.uk.

(Credit: Suffolk County Council)


November 24, 2023
April 10


The Hold
Ipswich, IP4 1LN United Kingdom + Google Map