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Welcome to the IDHTS’s website

 Last edited 23rd June 2024

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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 David Kerridge, 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.

If you’re running out of ideas or just need a stocking filler! then think about one of our mugs or calendars. Only £7.50 a mug, £5.00 a Calendar or £12.00 for both. Available from davidkerridge123@gmail.com.

The Society meets at the Ipswich Citadel, Salvation Army, 558 Woodbridge Road, Ipswich IP4 4PH at 7.30 p.m. (doors open from 7.00). Free car parking & refreshments available. Entrance fee £2.50. (Non-members £4.00) Non-members always welcome.

The Committee reserve the right to amend the programme due to non-availability of the presenter/s. Please always check our website or facebook page for up-to-date details of events.

60th Anniversary Summer Lunch Event Update

As announced at the IDHTS April Meeting, the disappointing news is that our Special 60th Anniversary Summer Lunch has had to be cancelled due to lack of take up. We had hoped by holding a local summer lunch event, that some our older present or past members that normally are unable to attend meetings might like to attend this event. However, even though for the last three months we advertised in TM, we again emailed in March over 70 members and promoted this event at the last three meetings, we still only had a 30% direct response, many of these were not able to join us for several reasons. So reluctantly, we have had to cancel the venue booking. Thanks go to those members that had expressed interest in attending and sorry for any disappointment caused.

IDHTS last Meeting of the 23/24 Season: Ipswich & District Historical Transport Society Event-Wednesday 29th May 2024.

Presentations from the Norfolk Railway Society will include: 

East Croydon to Kimberley Park: 50 Years of Railway Reflections by Martin Care. Presentation Synopsis: Moving from a childhood laced with a healthy interest in both
model and full-sized railways Martin will reflect on his career in the railways over nearly four decades and most recently a move into railway station restoration at Kimberley Park alongside the Mid-Norfolk Railway. The talk will be accompanied by some artefacts to help illustrate the story. 

Followed by Just a Boring Little Shunter?  by Richard Adderson Presentation Synopsis: A personal pictorial look at the class 03, 04 and 08 diesel shunters, set against a background of the ever-changing East Anglian railway scene over the last fifty plus years. 

Stop Press! Mammoth Book Sale on 29th May 2024. All Books for £1 or less! Please visit Chris at the book stall during the break.

Dates for Meetings 2024/25 Season

25-09-24 (Includes AGM), 30-10-24, 27-11-24, 26-02-25, 26-03-25, 30-04-25 & 28-05-25. Further details of the 24/25 programme will be in the Summer TM, on the IDHTS website & facebook page in September.