Suffolk Horse Society The Charity that cares for the Suffolk Punch Founded 1877
Patron HRH The Princess Royal

Heritage Archiving Project

Heritage Lottery Grant

More support for the Society from the Heritage Lottery Fund
Archive Project will explore the heritage of the Suffolk Punch

The Suffolk Horse Society is delighted to announce its success in securing a grant of £85,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund to safeguard, catalogue and use its extensive archive and collection dating back to 1877, to discover more about the heritage of the Suffolk Breed and provide significant volunteering and learning opportunities.

The project focuses on the extensive archive and collection owned by the Suffolk Horse Society. The archive and collection comprises some 22,000 items. These include: books; Trade catalogues; correspondence, ledgers and similar documents; other documents; photographs; paintings, art works and prints; record cards, stallion cards and other horse lineage records. Other artefacts and ephemera which constitute part of the archive and collection are currently stored in a variety of sealed boxes and crates and have not yet been assessed.

Commenting on the award Jeff Hallett, who is the current SHS President and council member leading the project, said:

“We are enormously grateful to the HLF for this award. It reflects the importance of the Suffolk Punch to the history and heritage of our region and the role an archive of this kind can play in telling this story to future generations.”

He went on:  “The project has a wide range of outputs. It will:

  • reveal, review and effectively catalogue and store the archive and collection;
  • digitise and make selected catalogue items, and the catalogue itself freely available on-line;
  • research, develop learning materials and showcase the archive and collection through the production of ‘pop up’ exhibitions;
  • offer exciting volunteering opportunities;
  • support the long-term sustainability of the archive and collection, and the Society as a charity.”

In talking about the project Robyn Llewellyn, Head of Heritage Lottery Fund, East of England said:

“I’m delighted that, as well as cataloguing and conservation, national lottery players’ funding will support pop-up mobile exhibitions so that many more people will discover this rich historic archive.”

The application to the HLF was supported by Suffolk-based heritage consultants Oakmere Solutions Ltd. Outlining the importance of the project Oakmere Director Dr Peter Funnell said:

“The Suffolk Horse Society archive and collection is a good example of a small specialist resource that provides unique insights into the historic significance of the Suffolk Punch breed and the developing nature of agriculture and the land based economy during the 19th and 20th centuries. It has intrinsic heritage value which is worthy of safeguarding.”

He went on:

“The project will deliver benefits to the heritage, to people and to communities. To achieve its aims the project will work effectively with other heritage agencies and develop key sustainable links with schools, colleges and elders groups.”

A project officer will be appointed to co-ordinate activities and recruit, train and support volunteers.
The project will run for two years.

About the Heritage Lottery Fund

“From the archaeology under our feet to the historic parks and buildings we love, from precious memories and collections to rare wildlife, we use National Lottery players’ money to help people across the UK explore, enjoy and protect the heritage they care about. ”

News from the archive team - click here to find out more

Latest news from the Archive Project can be found here.

Foal Watch

To be updated shortly for 2017.

If you have a foal born this year, please send a photograph and a few words on how the foal is doing, to the SHS Office for sharing here.

IMPORTANT - Horse Passports

Attention all Suffolk horse owners.

Is your Equine Passport up to date? UK Equine Passport legislation changed on 1st January 2016.  You MUST tell us IMMEDIATELY if

  • your horse has died and you have not returned the passport
  • if you have bought a horse and not arranged for the passport to be endorsed into your name

Trading standards can fine owners in possession of incorrect passports.  Click here to see the Legal Responsibility of Owners.

Get in touch

Tel: 01394-380643

Latest news



In conjunction with our spring magazine article, we have added a button to take you direct to the Equine Grass Sickness Surveillance reporting page. Please help the monitoring of grass sickness with a view to future prevention. Click on the button.


The dates for this show are Wednesday 28th and Thursday 29th June 2017 this is a correction to the details shown in the spring issue of the Suffolk Horse Society magazine.

Contact details for the show are:

Ms Kim Austin, Equine Co-ordinator

Royal Norfolk Agricultural Association, Norfolk Showground

Telephone: 01603 731963 Email:

 The Royal Welsh Spring Festival on 20th & 21st May, is for the first time holding 2 heavy horse classes; in hand class & ridden heavy horse.

Venue: the Royal Welsh Showground, Llanelwedd, Builth Wells, Powys, LD2 3SY

Contact the show at

 Forms for Turnout Grants now available here!

Turnout Grants

Events Calendar UPDATED for 2017!!

Visit our Events, Calendar page for all events dates & details for 2017. 

Heritage Lottery Fund - New Grant