For those interested in researching the history of a company, in industrial archaeology, textile design and fashion, changing technology, or simply finding out about the working life of a family member, these records offer a mine of information.

Business records are among the most under-utilised of archives, yet they represent some of the richest sources available to historians. The records of Suffolk companies, those deposited in the county’s three record office, in archives elsewhere, or held privately, are no exception. The book does not attempt to provide a comprehensive list, but it does represent a wide set of sources available from the manufacturing industries.