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 Last edited 1st December 2023

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                                                       An Appeal from our Chairman-Sylvia Kerridge

Now that the Ipswich & District Historical Transport Society is sixty years old, we hope to spend this year in celebration of this momentous achievement. At the next AGM Meeting on Wednesday 27th September, we will launch the proceedings which we hope as many members will come to this special event.  We are again appealing for more volunteers to help as committee members. It is now vital that we gain more support from the membership or new members in running the society. We have reviewed roles within IDHTS, and we are proposing to change the structure of our committee make up. We have not filled some of the past vacant posts for over two years. In addition to this, David Kerridge has now expressed that though he will continue with the role as Treasurer and assist with the administration of the Society, he wishes to end his role as Programme Secretary by the end of this year. So, it is essential that we fill the new position of Meetings Coordinator in the coming months. If you feel you could help us, please give me a call or email me to find out more on how you may be able to assist in keeping the Society running. Without more help from others, we may not be able to continue in the way we have in the past.

           Upcoming IDHTS Meetings 2023/24

                                               Autumn Programme

Ipswich & District Historical Transport Society Event-Wednesday November 29th The IDHTS November meeting will be holding a presentation on The Leiston Works Railway- ‘Reviving Leiston's Railway Heritage’ Presented by Julian Warner & Roger Graham (Rail). The L.W. Railway Trust are working to restore the line that once served the now-closed Richard Garrett Engineering Works, and which represents an important but currently incomplete part of the rich industrial heritage of this small Suffolk town.


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 carparking & 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.



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 and refreshments available. Entrance fee £2.50. (Non-members 4.00) Non-members always welcome. http://www.ipswichanddistricthistoricaltransportsociety.co.uk or on the IDHTS Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/Ipswichanddistricthistoricalsociety/  

IDHTS 2024 Spring Programme :

28-02-24 – The History of the Charles Burrell Museum - Presented by Teresia (Manager) & Richard (Trustee) Stock from the Charles Burrell Museum. (Steam Traction) 


20-03-2024 London Transport Museum Depot ‘A Transport Treasure Chest’ – Presented by David Kerridge (Rail/ Bus).


24-04-2024 - Airship Trust- Presented by Andrew Lawson-The Golden Age of British Airships, and focus on the R101 and R100 story, along with the history around the Cardington airship station. (Air)


 29-05-2024 The Norfolk Railway Society- Content to be confirmed. (Rail)


Further details will be on website of our facebook page in the early spring and to be confirmed in next edition of TM.


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 IDHTS wishes everybody a Merry Christmas                      and a Happy New Year