Welcome to the IDHTS’s website

 Last edited 17th February 2020


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  26th February 2020 and is Moving abnormal loads (R.Norman Transport)-illustrated by Steve Huggins.

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)

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Ipswich & District Historical Transport Society

Saturday 11th July 2020

Lowestoft Museum (Oulton Broad)

& East Anglian Transport Musuem, Carlton Colville

including a Classic Bus Ride Around The Area, plus Evening Meal.

 Details of excursion click here.

 Meal details click here.

Ipswich and District Historical Transport Society


An Evening of Eastern Steam Nostalgia

Presented by

Amanda Huntley

Archivist of the Huntley Film Archive

Join us at Salvation Army Citadel, 558 Woodbridge

 Road, Ipswich IP4 4PH

                              On the 22nd April 2020 at 7.30pm Entrance Fee: £5

To see more detail click here

        Change of topic for IDHTS Meeting 26th February 2020

We were to have a presentation on Norman Transport but unfortunately we cannot bring that to you.  We have arranged an alternative programme which is shown below:

Shotley Pier History and Restoration by John Davitt and D-Day 75 by David Kerridge.


David Kerridge

Secretary IDHTS