Global Events: Suffolk Stories

Photo: girl with USA flag at RAF Mildenhall

The inaugural exhibition at The Hold, the flagship new heritage facility for Suffolk on Ipswich Waterfront.

This exhibition explores how the Suffolk community has responded to different international events throughout history. Focusing on the arrival of American service people during the ‘Friendly Invasion’ of WW2, the rising tensions and public messaging of the Cold War period, and the collective community response to COVID-19 during 2020.

Through original archival documents, photos, music, and film, visitors can explore the similarities and differences between these three global events, and understand how Suffolk has changed as a result.


Adult: £5pp
Children (4-16yrs): £3pp
Concessions: £4pp

Click here to book your tickets and entry time. Time slots are available every 30mins from 10am to 3pm.


Face coverings are required throughout the exhibition gallery and The Hold unless you're exempt for medical reasons. Please make sure to follow the one-way system in place. Groups are welcome to the exhibition however they must be of six people or fewer.   


The Hold, Fore Street, Ipswich, IP4 1LN


The Hold


02/10/2020 - 10/01/2021