Looking Back Area

This year, to mark 100 years since the end of the First World War, Suffolk Show organisers are looking back at how agriculture has evolved over the past century and how technology will impact our everyday lives in the future.

The new ‘100 Years Looking Back’ area will take visitors on a journey back to wartime life in Suffolk, with interactive displays and nostalgic activities for all ages to explore. At the heart of the ‘Looking Back’ area will be a replica World War 1 Mk IV Tank - Deborah II - as seen on the Channel 4 documentary ‘Guy Martin’s WW1 Tank’. The Tank is travelling especially to the Show from the Norfolk Tank Museum. 

For more information about the MK IV Tank, please click here.

 ‘Looking back’ is one of the key themes for this year’s Show in commemoration of 100 years since the end of the First World War in 1918.

The theme also recognises 100 years since the Royal Air Force began.

 Alongside the Tank, there will be an impressive display of WW1 military equipment and a chance for visitors to take a look back at wartime agriculture with replica machinery, equipment, clothing and some nostalgic recipes. There will be local war documents available to browse from Ipswich Records Office.



Ipswich Records Office in accordance with Suffolk County Council


The Suffolk Record Office maintains a historical record of Suffolk and its people.

The Suffolk Record Office looks after original documents obtained from many different sources. 

They also store published works like histories, poetry and newspapers.

 Photo from: New Heritage Solutions 


The record office have their own website, Suffolk Archives, which you can use to:








 Organisations exhibiting


Ipswich War Memorial

Digitally preserving images and creating profiles on the individual Ipswich men who lost their lives at War.



Sudbury Ephemera Mueum

SEA is a registered charity aiming to preserve the social history of an East Anglian Market Town by saving the papers that are so often thrown away.





East Anglian Life Museum

With 17 historic buildings set in 75 acres of beautiful countryside, the Museum of East Anglian Life is the largest independent museum in Suffolk. The museum is an educational charity supporting the community. We care for over 40,000 objects – once the everyday items of East Anglian life. Our collection has a particular focus on the production of food and social history relating to it, reflective of the region’s strong agricultural character.



History Revisited 

We are a group of riders with a passion for history, who aim to bring to life the spirit and ethos of the historical figures and eras we portray, for the information and entertainment of the general public.



Long Shop Museum

The Long shop Museum tells an inspiring story of enterprise and endeavour in this small Suffolk town and its remarkable factory. Displays are housed in a cluster of original grade II listed buildings.



Suffolk Airfields

Suffolk Aviation Heritage Group exists to promote a wider understanding within the general public of the county's vast aviation related history and to encourage, where practicable, continued preservation of its associated heritage.  



The Royal Hospital School

The Royal Hospital School is a leading co-educational boarding and day school for 11 to 18 year olds that provides a full and broad education fit for the modern world.



New Heritage Solutions- 

A heritage lottery fund project exploring the centenary of the end of the First Word War, the surrender of the German U Boat fleet at Harwich and the impact of the submarine war on the home front. 



Tallulah Goodtimes

An international electroswing DJ, producer and singer. Her naturally high energy performances captivate the crowd, drawing them in to the vintage sounds of yesteryear and beats and bass from today – it’s goodtimes electroswing at it’s very finest, delivered with finesse and style. She skillfully combines singing with DJing, and works with her talented collective of musicians “The Goodtimes Republic” – a DJ/live electroswing extravaganza, to create musical fun and mayhem at events across the world.



Interactive activities

Other stand holders with exhibits: