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Sarah E Doig

BMus (Hons), DipLib





After a twenty-year career in the Foreign Office, I moved back to Suffolk, where I had spent my formative years, and made a radical shift to being self-employed. Using my postgraduate training, many years of genealogical research experience and distance learning studies with the Institute of Heraldic and Genealogical Studies, I launched a research service in 2010. The following year I started offering talks on family, local and general history subjects to clubs and societies across East Anglia. I am now an established and popular speaker on the circuit. A complete list of the talks I currently offer can be found on the relevant website page.

In 2012 I teamed up with a small group of local historians to bid for a Heritage Lottery Fund grant. This money enabled us to research and publish a range of books on different aspects of the group of villages in north Suffolk in which we live. We have continued to produce further books with the proceeds from the initial series.

My local history writing now takes up the majority of my time. My first book was published in 2013 followed by a second in 2015. Two further books were published in 2016. Details of these and of the magazine articles I have written can be found on the relevant website page.

I am a Council member and trustee of the Suffolk Institute of Archaeology and History and also a trustee and current Vice-Chair of the Friends of Suffolk Record Office.

I combine all the above activities with my professional music-making and I can be seen performing across East Anglia and further afield.


I have contracts for four local history books - on aspects of Suffolk, Ipswich, Norwich and Cambridge - with two publishers. And I also have an undertaking with a third publisher to write a series of four books on Suffolk towns.

As a result of increasing my writing activities, I am not currently taking on any new commissions for family and house history research (except for existing clients and fellow researchers).