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Exhibition Researcher: House and Home

We are developing plans for an exhibition which will explore our sense of place and identity in Suffolk.

We will look at records and photographs relating to local buildings and architecture, examining change in community through time from the point of view of one street or address. Posing the question of what makes a home?

You could help in the early stages to shape the direction of the exhibition, and what original content we use. Starting by looking into estate plans, architect's specifications, property deeds, plans, drawings, and photographs.

This challenge could involve coming into any of the Suffolk Archive Branches (Ipswich, Lowestoft, Bury St Edmunds) to access the collections, and/or could be done from home using online sources.

What's involved?

Working with the Exhibition and Interpretation Officer:

  • Conduct contextual and archival research to discover stories and archive documents to include in an exhibition exploring the importance of house, home and identity
  • With the Exhibition and Interpretation officer develop key themes for the exhibition and expand potential content within these.
  • In liaison with the Exhibition and Interpretation Officer, create an effective system to log research carried out by volunteers.
  • Opportunities to work on developing content into display plans.
  • Opportunities to develop content into display text and captions.
  • Support evaluation of the exhibition and volunteering with requested project information and feedback.

Why get involved?

  • Opportunity to develop research and critical thinking skills
  • Opportunity to discover hidden, or previously untold histories
  • See research developed through into display
  • Chance to meet volunteers and the general public
  • Enjoyment and fulfillment
  • Travel expenses are funded

How to get involved?


  1. Sign into your account or sign up to Volunteer Makers.
  2. Accept the challenge.
  3. Await a response from Suffolk Archives with more information.

Ideal Skills

  • Archive cataloguing
  • Copywriting
  • Reading/Storytelling
  • Research
  • Working independently
  • I'm based near Lowestoft
  • I'm based near Ipswich
  • I'm based near Bury St. Edmunds

Ideal Interests

  • Archive cataloguing
  • Creative and Arts
  • Exhibition Installation
  • I'm based near Lowestoft
  • I'm based near Ipswich
  • I'm based near Bury St. Edmunds

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