Lilian Jane Redstone (1885-1955) was born in Woodbridge and had a long and distinguished career as an archivist and preserver of records. She was the first Ipswich and East Suffolk Joint Archivist and her work is regarded as being the foundation of the Suffolk Record Office and many of the archive indexes bear her name.
She received an MBE in 1919 for her work during World War I in the Historical Records Section at the Ministry of Munitions. During World War II she worked to salvage and preserve documents moving them to a place of safety. She was adviser to academics worldwide, particularly The Chaucer Society in the USA. She was author of a number of publications including Ipswich Through the Ages.