Monday September 2 2019

Sharing Suffolk Stories is an initiative developed by the Suffolk Archives, the county’s archive which maintains a historical record of Suffolk and its people. It is the perfect opportunity to uncover the hidden stories of people and places dating from the middle ages up to the present day.

Britten’s High Street: The history of shopping in Aldeburgh is a project that has come out of this initiative in partnership with the Foundation and we are looking for local residents, or people with an interest in the history of shopping in Suffolk, to delve into the financial receipts of Suffolk composer Benjamin Britten and his partner, the singer Peter Pears. Britten and Pears saved all their purchases from the late 1940s to the early 1970s which are held at the Foundation’s archive and offers a fascinating insight into shopping trends of the time.

Benjamin Britten buying fish in an Aldeburgh fish shop in the early 1970s. Photographer unknown.

Participants will be supported by archive staff to rediscover the stories of Aldeburgh High Street and share your findings to the wider community through creative interpretation, an exhibition or even a heritage trail – the choice is yours!

A launch event will take place at The Red House on Saturday 21 September from 2pm. Drop in are welcome.

For more information about the project please email brittenshighstreet@gmail.com