This Month in Suffolk – Newmarket August 1750

Race Horses

Oldest Recorded Horse Race

It is believed that the earliest recorded horse race took place on Newmarket Heath on 29 August 1750. The Earl of March and the Earl of Eglinton bet 1,000 guineas against Theobald Taaf that four horses could pull a four wheeled chaise carrying one person 19 miles in under an hour. The route started at the 6 mile house, went through the running gap and then took

The Art of Packing

Moving House? We have some tips on efficient packing

It is estimated that 90% of people underestimate both the time they need to pack properly and the number of boxes required. Packing is not something that can be left to the last minute, i.e. removal day.

Historical Importance of Preserving Photographs

Preserving and storing photographs is important for historical research. Photographs are of immense value to scholars in many fields, not only for historians, as a visible record of many aspects of life throughout the centuries, they also have great sentimental value for families and individuals throughout their own lives.

The older they are the more vulnerable to damage photos become. Printed on paper and given a coating of chemicals they are sensitive to light, heat and even to touch.

Paper can become brittle and yellow if exposed to too much light. Handled too often photographs can become

Rented Self-Storage Can Save and Prolong Marriages?

It may seem surprising but rented self-storage can play a bigger role in people’s relationships than we might expect.
When two people in a relationship decide to move in together it may be that each, having lived independently for some years, has accumulated furniture as well as other, personal possessions.
How do they decide what stays and what goes?

Modern Experience Of The Internet

Sharing Experiences

Sharing our experiences with others via the internet is now such a normal part of everyday life. Whether it is posting photos from your evening out with friends; the sarcastic one liners letting everyone know you are not best pleased with your partner, work colleague, friend, mother; or the “selfie” from the department store changing rooms as you try on that new dress (!) So normal are these little glimpses in to friends and families hour by hour lives, all flashing before us on

Imagine a World Without Paper

Imagine a World Without Paper

The introduction of internet technology was meant to also be the dawn of a new age, the paperless society.
We were told this would be good for the environment because we would no longer need to cut down huge swathes of forest every year. We would no longer need massive amounts of storage space and archive material. But it hasn’t turned out to be quite like that, though, and how realistic is it?

This Month in Suffolk – Lowestoft June 1665

The Battle of Lowestoft took place on 13 June 1665 during the Second Anglo-Dutch War. The two opponents were, at the time, struggling to dominate the ‘carrying trade’. A fleet of more than a hundred ships of the United Provinces commanded by Lieutenant-Admiral Jacob van Wassenaer Obdam attacked an English fleet of equal size commanded by James, Duke of York forty miles east of the port of Lowestoft in Suffolk, England.