Evening Meetings

                                are now held at:   Kesgrave Community and Conference Centre,                                                                          Twelve Acre Approach, Kesgrave, Ipswich,  Suffolk, IP5 1JF. 

                                Starting at 19:15  -  Refreshments available during the interval


                                                                2017  Meeting Topics


                17 January 2017   "Elizabeth Garrett Anderson"  Mark Mitchels – Lecturer and author

        21 February 2017   "Saving Country Houses"  Ben Cowell – Director General of the Historic Houses          Association and formerly Regional Director – East of England, National Trust

                   21 March 2017  The National Trust – Playing our part in the east of England
Paul Forecast – Regional Director - East of England, National Trust

                                25 April 2017    "More Stories from the Tower"
Horry Parsons – Construction Team Leader for the Millennium Tower of St Edmundsbury Cathedral

          16 May 2017    "More than just beer and football – the Cobbold family’s contribution to Suffolk"

Anthony Cobbold – Cambridge graduate who founded the Cobbold Family History Trust in 2004


           19th September 2017  "A Power in the land - Garretts of Leiston and the Long Shop"

Stuart Hines -  of the Long Shop Museum at Leiston.

             17th October 2017 "Ipswich Wet Dock - A story of rags to riches and back again"

John Field - Town planner who not only practised in Ipswich but is a native of the town.

                 21st November 2017 " Navigating the Royals - Ark Royal and Britannia"

Captain Peter Chapman-Andrews RN Retired - Director of the Royal Institute of Navigation.


                                                      2018 Meetings

         16th January 2018 "Samuel Pepys and the making of the Royal Navy"

                                         Mark Mitchells Lecture and author


             20th February 2018 "Layer Marney Tower: past, present and future"

                                                 Sheila Charrington

 13th March 2018 "No - one ever actually ever read any of these books did they?" 

                                   John Gandy - librarian at Blickling Hall

                                 17th April 2018 "The Treasures of Ipswich"

            John Field - Conservationist and architectural and landscape historian


          15th May 2018 "Stately Homes of England - The Gentleman's Country Estate"

          Peter Lawrence - Education Tutor in Local History and Environmental Studies

                      18 September 2018  "Beatrix Potter’s Secret Code Breaker"

Andrew Wiltshire – Retired mechanical engineer and business man now an author and lecturer