Welcome to the IDHTS’s website

 Last edited 28th July 2019


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.

                                 Next Meeting

Our next meeting is on Wednesday 25th September 2019 and is

AGM followed by The Shotley Pier Preservation Society illustrated by Sally Chicken

Please note the new venue:

The Ipswich Citadel

The Salvation Army

558 Woodbridge Road

                              Ipswich IP4 4PH

Additional car parking is now available adjacent to the Salvation Army premises at the HiQ car centre by kind permission of the HiQ manager.

Please no parking in front of side up & over door (24 / 7  access required at all times)

                                  Rex Grayston

It is with sadness that I have to inform you that Rex died peacefully on Saturday 06 07 2019 in a Hadleigh nursing home where he had been for some time.

Members & friends of the society will remember Rex as being part of the refreshment team for many years alongside his "best mate" & colleague Ralph Sharman.

The funeral will be held on 31st July @ 10:45 am at Ipswich Crematorium

Sincerely & thanks


                                Ralph Sharman

It is with great sadness that I have to inform the membership of the death on 12 07 2019 of Ralph Sharman.

Ralph along with "his best mate" Rex Grayston were for so many years dedicated gentlemen whom dispensed refreshments at our meetings. Both were also great supporters of society excursions along with their wives, Brenda & Jan respectively. Co-incidentally both have died within a week of each other.

The funeral will be held on 14th August @ 11:45 am at Ipswich Crematorium.

Sincerely Martyn

                                Chairman Appointment

Following a committee meeting on 23 07 2019 the committee are pleased to announce that Sylvia Kerridge has been appointed as the next IDHTS Chairman.

Sylvia will take up her Chairmans duties at the society AGM on 25 09 2019 replacing retiring Chairman Martyn Hunt.

Please give Sylvia your support in this important society role.

Martyn Hunt (retiring Chairman)