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Our Aims

 

The Suffolk Historic Buildings Group was formed in 1993 to foster an interest, understanding and knowledge of historic buildings (primarily in Suffolk) from earliest times to the present day. No building category is outside our interest – from medieval castles through to the most modest of peasant dwellings.

 

We aim to provide knowledge and understanding of how our historic buildings were built, why they were built that way, and how they were used and adapted over time. We believe that this knowledge will protect historic buildings from hasty, ill thought out and poor quality renovation, which can create rather than solve problems and cause harm to our heritage for future generations.

 

As there is no naturally occurring stone in Suffolk, our focus is normally on vernacular timber framed and brick buildings, but no interesting building of any period, including the 21st century is excluded from our interest.

 

We do this through our members and other experts, who share their research with us at winter talks, and we make summer visits to buildings that do not normally allow access. We publish a biannual newsletter, the Eavesdropper.

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