Welcome to the Suffolk Records Society

For over sixty years, the Society has been committed to producing books that bring Suffolk’s rich historical literature to a wider audience. Covering a period of 700 years these volumes of letters, diaries, maps, accounts and other archives have made a major contribution to historical studies of the county and are a useful tool for both professional and amateur historians, as well as being a source of information for anyone interested in Suffolk’s history.

Every year, the Suffolk Records Society produces at least one new book throwing light on some fresh aspect of the county’s history. There are two series of volumes, the General Series, for which we publish a regular annual volume, and the Charter Series, for which we publish occasional volumes of Suffolk charters and cartularies.

The Society’s members share a passion for Suffolk and its history and it is their support and subscriptions that have made possible this remarkable opening up of the historical landscape. Come and join us!


JOHN BLATCHLY (1932-2015) 

The Suffolk Records Society acknowledges with deep sorrow the death of Dr John Blatchly, the Society’s Chairman from 1988 to 2013, a quarter century of service to the Society which saw the publication of nearly forty new texts. During this time he gave strong direction, leadership, wise counsel and unfailing generosity with his wide knowledge of so many aspects of Suffolk history. He also edited three volumes for the Society, the last of which was published earlier this year.

Dr Blatchly’s work for the Society was only one part of his contribution to historical studies, both in Suffolk and beyond, and the Society joins with many other organisations in expressing the greatest sadness at the loss of both a guiding light and a friend.