In spite of the economic gloom and somewhat unreliable weather
Ipswich has enjoyed some great festive events at the Waterfront
On 25 June the Pin Mill Sailing Club held their 50th Annual Barge
Match and this special occasion was marked by the IMT with an
evening of celebration at the Old Custom House. The largest
number of barges seen for many years was on show in the Wet
Dock dressed overall. They had made their way up-river prior to
the day of the race and made a truly impressive sight, "A Parade of
On 24 July the IMT hosted a reception to mark the Sea Cadets' and
Ipswich 13th Sea Scouts' Water Sports Event. We were treated to
demonstrations of rowing, sailing, canoeing and motor-boating by
youngsters between the ages of 10 and 18. They were joined by
three Dutch vessels with a total of over 100 officers and crew, some
of whom were invited to our evening's hospitality.
We were pleased to see so many people enjoying the Maritime
Festival in August. It reminds us that we have a great asset in our
Our Museum Window located at The Mill on Albion Wharf continues
to attract interest and appreciation. The subject of the themed
display this autumn is "The Port of Ipswich and its Trades". More
material from the public for inclusion in our museum storage facility
is welcome. Anyone wishing to discuss contributions can contact the
IMT at email@example.com
The IMT has financially supported the publication of The Port
of Ipswich, its Shipping and Trades by Richard W Smith and
Jill Freestone. Copies can be purchased at the Ipswich Tourist
Information Centre and at College Gate Bookshop in Silent Street.
Just a reminder that our autumn/winter programme of lectures
continues at the Royal Harwich Yacht Club, Woolverstone on
Wednesday evenings (planned never to clash with Ipswich Society
lectures). Professor John Midwinter will discuss "Alternative Energy"
on 2 November and Jonathan Betts will be talking about "The Work
of Greenwich Observatory" on 7 December. Everyone is welcome
and there is ample car parking.