Our archives stretch back through generations of pupils from Culford and the East Anglian Schools, encompassing the history of Culford and its parkland.
Decades of school photographs, commemorative cups and trophies, old school uniforms, volumes of school magazines and journals - our collection constitutes a unique and fascinating resource. For many years it has been stored away in our cellars, inaccessible to alumni, pupils and local historians. Now we plan to bring it to life by transforming an historic room in the Hall into the Culford Archive and Heritage lounge, where prized items will be on display and material will be accessible online.
What were the East Anglian Schools?
In 1881, the Methodist Board of Education opened the East Anglian School for Boys in Bury St Edmunds. It outgrew its original site and in 1935 succeeded in buying Culford Hall. The East Anglian School for Girls eventually joined us in 1972. We are now home to EAS and Culford alumni and our archives include material from all of the schools.
What is the Archive and Heritage Lounge?
We plan to refurbish Big Hartley, once a boys’ dormitory, into an exhibition and display space where our historic materials and digital archive will be available to visitors. This stunning room needs major structural work before we can begin its transformation into an Archive and Heritage Lounge. It will also host reunions and other events.
Watch a short video about Culford's project to bring the archives to life.
The Digital Archive Project
We have begun to digitise our archive materials to make them available online. This will include old school magazines, photographs and other memorabilia. Eventually, we aim to produce a fully searchable and comprehensive online resource covering the history of the schools and the historic Culford estate. Each page costs £1 to scan. With copies of The Culfordian averaging 50 pages, the cost of digitising all the archives, which includes magazines, books, letters, photographs and reports, quickly mounts up. Year group photographs require gentle and time-consuming handling and cost, on average, £20 each to scan.
You can help by donating from just £20 to pay for 20 pages of a publication or for a year group photograph. Every gift counts and you can request digitisation of material relevant to you.
Support the Culford Archives
If you would like to support the digital archive by donating from £20 please follow this link to donate online or contact the Foundation team on 01284 385310 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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