Study Room

The Study Room offers visitors and museum volunteers alike the opportunity to research the family and community history of Halesworth and surrounding area and there is a variety of resources available for this purpose.

We have copied pages from local trade directories 1793 to 1967 which enables the researcher to trace individuals and trades relevant to Halesworth.  We have files containing information about individuals who lived in Halesworth and the surrounding area which is constantly being updated and general files on local subjects alphabetically arranged.  We are lucky to have amongst our collection burial records of Halesworth Cemetery carefully collated by the Halesworth WI.  We are also currently developing files which contain research on the various buildings in Halesworth.

We have a database available logging all newspapers and cuttings currently held at the Museum which are readily available.  There is a database containing details on all the public houses in Halesworth and the surrounding area from past and present. Any new information is very much welcomed.  Also in the study room is a database containing all the objects and photographs housed in the museum, both on display and stored upstairs.

There are other files, census return copies, Halesworth railway information and a collection of books and maps selected to aid family and community history research.

In addition to all of this the Museum is always happy to undertake research on behalf of anyone interested in Halesworth’s rich and interesting past.

Study Resources

Museum Library
The Museum has a library of books of local interest as well as some general books on history and archaeology. Our catalogue is sorted in three orders, author, title and museum location (the prefix of sr indicates that the book is in the study room and available without . Click the text below to download a pdf document:

Author Order   –  Title Order  –  Museum Location Order

Newspaper Collection
We have a colection of news papers, mostly copies and cuttings from the Halesworth Times. You can download our Newspaper Cataloge by clicking here: Newspapers Index. If you want to look at any of our news papers can you book in advance, as they are kept in our secure store.

Halesworth Boys’ School Admission Book
Download admissions from 1859 to 1862:   Admission Order  –   Surname Order

Halesworth Infants’ School Admission Book
Download admissions from 1879 to 1888:   Admission Order –  Surname Order

Local Directories
We have a large range of local and county directories. Some (including copies of Halesworth Pages) are in the Study Room, others are in our secure store and will need to be ordered in advance.

We hold the following directories

Postal Directories
Kellys Directories (including the Post Office Directories) – A trade directory covering the whole of Suffolk, some include Norfolk. Information listed in alphabetic order by Town or Village. 
White’s Directories – Trade directories listed alphabetically by small areas.  There is a list of all the towns and villages featured in Suffolk and a number is given to each to aid locating them at the front of the book.

1844   Whites Directory1879   Post Office Directory1885   Whites Directory
1888   Kellys Directory 1896   Kellys Directory 1900   Kellys Directory
1904   Kellys Directory 1908   Kellys Directory 1916   Kellys Directory
1922   Kellys Directory 1925   Kellys Directory 1929   Kellys Directory
1933   Kellys Directory 1937   Kellys Directory

Gales Almanack
A Halesworth trade directory which includes a list of households either by street or alphabetically.


Halesworth & Southwold Directory

1964- 19651966

Also a copy of:- Records of Halesworth (Second Edition)

Lambert’s Almanack
Features general information of towns in East Suffolk


Records of Halesworth (Second Edition) Compiled by Frederick C Lambert – General historical information regarding Halesworth Church and other significant buildings.