What is The Suffolk Medal?

The Suffolk Medal has been created as the highest award that can be made by Suffolk to an individual.

The purpose of The Suffolk Medal is to recognise, reward and champion the exceptional contributions of people that have made a fundamental and lasting difference to the county of Suffolk and its people.

Suffolk is asked to proactively seek out and nominate individuals from all areas of county life in the public, private and voluntary sectors, and across all activities of historic and future importance to the county.

Those eligible for consideration will have gone above and beyond expectations in making a significant individual contribution to our community and, indeed, will have made a similar impact on the Suffolk of today as the finest achievements of the very best of our forebears who inspired Suffolk in the past. A clear demonstration of outstanding volunteering, either as a single feat, an accumulation of personal impact over a period of time or, indeed, a lifetime of selfless service will all be key elements for consideration.

The Suffolk Medal has been exquisitely designed by the internationally renowned Suffolk artist, Maggi Hambling, reflecting her view of Suffolk. The medal is contained in a presentation box made of local walnut. Boxes and supporting certificates are individually numbered to personalise the receipt of The Suffolk Medal.

Suffolk Community Foundation is very grateful to Barnes Construction for its support with the costs to administer the medal awards.

Process and decision making

A panel representing key institutions in the county, assesses the strength of candidates in nomination and creates an annual shortlist. A unanimous decision from ...

Award Ceremonies and administration

Following the selection process in November, an award of the Suffolk Medal takes place on Suffolk Day (21st June) or at another significant event ...


If you are a current resident of Suffolk, you can make a nomination here