LOWESTOFT - the British Isles' most easterly town, is situated in the north-east of the county and was mentioned in the Domesday Book. In the 18th & 19th Centuries it expanded and absorbed the adjacent hamlets of Kirkley, Normanston and Carlton Colville and has grown to a town with a population of 70,000.

Many of the major industries have disappeared but some tentative regeneration is occurring, mainly in the field of windfarm turbine building and maintenance. Two large marinas attract private yachts and cruisers from Europe. The town still manages to attract day visitors with its superb Blue Flag beaches and safe bathing


 The Maritime Museum in Sparrow's Nest Gardens houses a large collection dedicated to the now defunct fishing industry. During WW2, Sparrow's Nestiwas the home of was the The Royal Navy Patrol Service which occupied the Nest throughout the war and was named HMS Europa. The  Lowestoft War Museum, which contans a vast collection of  photographs and artefacts of Lowestoft in WW2, is alway pleased to welcome visitors.   A memorial to members of the RNPS is in the adjacent Belle Vue Park displaying the names of 2385 seamen who "have no known grave".

The Lowestoft Museum in Nicholas Everitts Park, Oulton Broad, has a fine collection of Lowestoft Porcelain.





Our Group

In 1975 Katherine Bardwell with a few like-minded individuals started a small group which was held at Lowestoft library - there was no record office there then. The launch was very successful and the Suffolk Genealogy Society was born, with Katherine as its chairman & magazine editor. Later a group at Ipswich was formed and the name changed to Suffolk Family History Society.

The group has been active over the years in promoting family history with stalls at various local events. Parish register transcriptions have been foremost and most parishes in the Waveney district have been transcribed wholly or partially. Likewise with Monumental inscriptions and most churchyards have been transcribed.

Meetings are held, usually, on the first Tuesday of each month (except Jan & Aug) at 

United Reformed Church, London Road North, Lowestoft, NR32 1HB.

Ample free parking is available and there is disabled access.
Click here for directions.

Doors open at 7pm and the meeting starts at 7.30pm with entry for SFHS members £1.50 and non-members £2.00. Newcomers are especially welcome.

We have a varied programme of interesting talks & speakers and following this tea or coffee and biscuits are served. We usually have a book stall and CDs of transcripts and other documents are available if requested.

We always like a chance to discuss Family History interests so if you're just starting or stuck and need help or advice do please feel free to ask any of the Committee.

We also transcribe Parish & Workhouse registers for the Society's current projects at the Lowestoft Record Office and if you'd like to help or know more about this, again do please ask.


Now find us on Facebook - Suffolk Family History Society - Lowestoft Branch

Royal Naval Patrol Service Memorial - The Memorial commemorates members who died during 1939-1946 and have no known grave other than the sea.

"Excelsior" LT472 - A Lowestoft smack built in 1921, this fishing vessel has been meticulously restored to her original sailing appearance.

Lowestoft Workshop and Heritage

Lowestoft Maritime Museum Sparrow's Nest

Lowestoft Museum, Nicholas Everitts Park - Lowestoft Museum collects, preserves and displays objects relating to the history of the area and its people, and promotes awareness and interest in our rich heritage.

Lowestoft Archaeological & Local History Society - meetings at South Lowestoft Methodist Church,London Road South at 7.30.


Secretary: Beryl Capps
01502 562584
or by Email:

Last Modified on 16/04/2018 by Janis Kirby


Exhibition at the Lowestoft Library

Posted by Demo Account on Tue, 2nd Aug 2016

The Lowestoft Group will be holding an Exhibition at  the Lowestoft Library staring Monday 15th August  until Friday 19th.  The Exhibition will be staffed by volunteers from 10am to 3pm, who will provide help and assistance to those trying to trace their Family History.

Visit to the Suffolk Police Museum

Posted by Malcolm Rose on Sat, 19th Mar 2016


Lowestoft enters the 21 century, at last!

Posted by Amanda Straderick on Wed, 2nd Mar 2016

Members of the Lowestoft group have just been trained in blogging. Please log in regulary to see what we're up to here in the east.


03/11/2015Lowestoft Fishing Industry
Lowestoft Fishing Industry
John Holmes
02/12/2015Research Evening
Note: No longer at Lowestoft Record Office
05/01/2016No Meeting
No meeting this month
02/02/2016Crime on the Home Front
Crime on the Home Front
Mark Mower
01/03/2016History beneath Your Feet
History beneath Your Feet
Graeme Simmons
02/03/2016Learn to bolg
The lessons are good
Kevin Pulford
02/03/2016Lowestoft Group learns to blog
They have learned well
Kevin Pulford
05/03/2016A new event
A gash title
05/04/2016John Christie of 10, Rillington Place
The infamous murderer
Richard Mann
03/05/2016Tact and Diplomacy in Family History Research
Lowestoft Group Annual General Meeting will be held before the talk
Sheila Wright
07/06/2016To be announced
Meeting to be announced
07/07/2016Research Evening
02/08/2016No Meeting
No meeting this month
06/09/2016The Witches of Lowestoft
Ivan Bunn
04/10/2016Local Interest Films
To be held at Lowestoft Movie Makers Studio Theatre, Sparrow’s Nest
Harold Whitewood
01/11/2016The Changing Esplanade
The Changing Esplanade
06/12/2016Research Evening
Research Evening for starters


For further details on the programme you should contact

Secretary: Beryl Capps
01502 562584
or by Email:

Group Contact

Secretary: Beryl Capps
01502 562584
or by Email:

Group Projects

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