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Welcome to the IDHTS’s website

 Last edited 10th August 2022

The IDHTS

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.

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                        Meeting programme for 2022

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                                  IDHTS Excursion 2022

Lowestoft Museum (Oulton Broad)/ Nicholas Everitt Park and East Anglian Transport Museum on Saturday 16th July.

Evening Meal included.

Click here for Excursion details.

Click here for Menu details.

Ipswich & District Historical Transport Society September Event-Wednesday 21st September

The IDHTS will be holding their Annual General Meeting. We are hoping to attract additional committee members to help with running the society, if you would like to help or would like to find out more, please contact Sylvia Kerridge, Chairman of IDHTS. After our short AGM, this will be followed by free refreshments, then we will have a presentation by Chris Turland on Canals & Canal Boats: From Brinkley to British waterways and Scotland to south coast. The story of the development of transport throughout the inland waterways, the boats, the canals and the people.

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 carking available. Entrance fee £2.50. (Non-members 4.00) Non-members always welcome.http://www.ipswichanddistricthistoricaltransportsociety.co.uk