© Ipswich and District Historical Transport Society

Welcome to the IDHTS’s website

 Last edited 8th February 2021


Our History:

Robert (Bob) Pratt, a well known local businessman and amateur historian had the idea to form a Society to provide a forum for all those interested in the history of transport. Bob had already been involved in the formation of two local historical organisations, the Suffolk Photographic Survey & the Suffolk Local History Council (both are accessible via Suffolk Local History Council link). Bob assembled a small group of local transport enthusiasts who formed the Ipswich and District Historical Transport Society in 1963 to cover transport by air, road, rail and water.

The initial format of monthly meetings, with the exception of June, July and August, has continued almost unchanged until the present day.  The meetings are addressed by invited locally and nationally known speakers.

Visits are also made to local venues of transport interest.

The Ipswich and District Historical Transport Society publishes a quarterly newsletter 'Transport Matters' (ISSN 0306 0187), this publication includes accounts of lectures given and articles on transport subjects.

   General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) May 25th 2018

In order to comply with the above legislation we need members’ permission in writing to use your personal details, such as name, address, e-mail etc, for club purposes.

To achieve this a form has been created. EVERY MEMBER will receive 2 GDPR forms BOTH to be SIGNED-1 to be returned to Treasurer Pat, the other to be retained for your own records.

If you don’t do this we cannot use your details to contact you so you will be deemed to no longer be a member of the IDHTS.

Click on this link for the form.

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        URGENT - Cancellation of Meetings (March & April).

It is with regret that due to the current Coronavirus situation, that we are cancelling both the March & April IDTHS Meetings. We hope to organise both presentations (Tallboy VS Tirpitz & The Huntley Meetings) later in the year. For those that have already purchased tickets for the Huntley Presentation, these tickets will still be valid for what we hope will be held in the October meeting (28-10-20). If you prefer a full refund, that will be available. We have delayed a decision on the May Meeting which currently still planned to go ahead, but we will review this in due course.

The committee has not taken this decision lightly or in panic but following the current government guidelines of seating large gatherings to two metres apart, this would not be practicable nor desirable. We are also aware that further government restrictions are likely to be put in place later this month. Other local Transport Societies have also cancelled forthcoming meetings.

We will continue to update the Facebook page & website as further developments take place. Keep Safe & Well & thank you for your understanding.

Kind Regards

Sylvia Kerridge
Ipswich and District Historical Transport Society

               Press Release from Ipswich Transport Museum

Click on the link to read the press release from the Ipswich Transport Museum concerning re-opening.

Press Release

                 Latest update from IDHTS Chairman (Dec 20)

Click here to read Sylvia’s Update

         An invitation to NRS Zoom Meeting on Thursday 18th March at 7.30pm

From: Norfolk Railway Society <norfolkrailwaysociety@gmail.com>
Sent: 08 March 2021 10:32
mervyn.russen1@sky.com; david.kerridge2@ntlworld.com
Subject: Invitation to IDHTS from Norfolk Railway Society to an online talk


Dear Mervyn and David,


It is unfortunate that due to Covid we will once again miss out on our joint NRS/IDHTS meeting. It does seem a long while ago that I together with David Pearce, Graham Kenworthy and Brian Kirton last visited IDHTS in Ipswich.


You may be aware that we have been running a series of online NRS meetings and we thought our next one may be of interest to you and your members. It is not specifically a railway talk and the speaker, Jeremy Batch, is someone Brian Kirton was aware of and recommend to us - details below.


The meeting is on Thursday 18th March starting at 7.30pm. We hold our meetings on Zoom.  If you and any of your members would like to attend you will be very welcome. All I would ask is that people who would like to join please email me at norfolkrailwaysociety@gmail.com  to request a link which I will send out the day before the meeting. No special software is required to 'attend' the meeting and I can provide a short guide to using Zoom if anyone would like it.


Click here for more details of the meeting and author


I hope you and your members are keeping safe and well.


Kind regards,





Andrew Wright


Norfolk Railway Society