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Sharing Suffolk Stories: Stow Stories Researcher



Stowmarket sits at the junction of two rivers, the Rattlesden and the Gipping. Both have influenced the growth of this historic market town by nurturing the raw materials for industries that developed here.

From 1793 the Gipping Navigation facilitated the carriage of resources in and finished goods out of the town. During the 19th century the population more than doubled and Stowmarket thrived.

Stow Stories is a Suffolk Archives Sharing Suffolk Stories project, with the aim of collecting unique stories of the town and its people and sharing them with the wider community.

This is where your knowledge, skills and creativity can help! It may be that you have lived in Stowmarket for many years or have good historical knowledge or links with the town, or you may be a relative newcomer who wants to learn more about Stowmarket’s past.

If you are interested, just get in touch. Participants will be supported by archive staff to delve into the archives, create oral histories and to share your findings through creative interpretation, an exhibition or even a heritage trail – the choice is yours!

If you would like to participate or volunteer in either a research or sharing capacity, please contact us at

What's involved?

Reporting to the Community & Learning Officer (East):

  • Conduct contextual and archival research to discover the stories of Stowmarket in our archives.
  • Using Suffolk Archives and other relevant secondary sources research themes and topics as agreed with the Volunteer Project Coordinator.
  • Consider conducting oral history interviews (training can be provided)
  • With Volunteer Project Coordinator and in liaison with the Community and Learning Officer, create an effective system to log research carried out by volunteers and participants.
  • Support the Volunteer Project Coordinator to coordinate opportunities to share and engage new audiences with research findings.
  • With the Volunteer Project Coordinator, consider opportunities to write blog pages and content for Suffolk Archives' Social Media policy.
  • Support requests for information requested for the Suffolk Archives' website or media opportunities about the project.
  • Support evaluation of the project with requested project information and feedback.
  • Support the Exhibition & Interpretation Officer in curating exhibitions and events at The Hold.

Why get involved?

Benefits to the Volunteer:

  • Opportunity to develop research and project management skills, whilst enabling people to discover their own local history.
  • Opportunity to discover the hidden history of Stowmarket and share with the wider community.
  • Chance to meet volunteers and the general public
  • Enjoyment and fulfillment
  • Travel expenses are refunded

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

  • I'm based near Ipswich
  • I'm based near Bury St. Edmunds

Ideal Interests

  • Archive cataloguing
  • Learning and Education
  • Exhibition Installation
  • Local History
  • I'm based near Ipswich
  • I'm based near Bury St. Edmunds

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