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Latest Meeting Report

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. 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.

Time:                                     19:30 hours (doors open at 19:00 hours)

Admission:                              Members:  £2-50    Non-members:  £4

                                              (includes refreshments)

Further Information:                Chairman:             Sylvia Kerridge Tel: 01473 424904

                                                                          e-mail: chairman at IDHTS

                                             Secretary:              David Kerridge Tel: 01473 424904

                                                                          e-mail: secretary at IDHTS     

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IDHTS Meetings 2023/24

                                               Autumn Programme

Ipswich & District Historical Transport Society Event-Wednesday September 27th 2023

The IDHTS will be holding their Annual General Meeting in which we will be celebrating the 60th year Anniversary since the society was first formed. After our short AGM, this will be followed by free refreshments, then we will have a presentation “The V1 & V2 The World’s First Cruise Missiles.” Presented by Mervyn Russen. The presentation will include: Who designed the V Weapons, how the catapult worked that launched it,  how the missile itself worked, the woman who flew it!  How we defended ourselves against it and V1 & V2 Statistics

Ipswich & District Historical Transport Society Event-Wednesday 25th October

The IDHTS October meeting will be holding a presentation on ‘The History of the Felixstowe Flying Boats’ Presented by Chris Turland. The story of the first world war flying boat station at Felixstowe and the later MAEE, (Marine Aircraft Experimental Establishment) along with pictures and facts about these magnificent aircraft.

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. 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.


Ipswich & District Historical Transport Society Event-Wednesday February 28th .

The IDHTS February 2024 meeting will be holding a presentation: 

The History of the Charles Burrell Museum - Presented by Teresia & Richard Stock from the Charles Burrell Museum. Discover the history Charles Burrell’s works, founded in the late 18th Century, learn about the family history and the people who worked there, and the machinery produced- over 4,000 steam engines were built in golden age of engineering.

Ipswich & District Historical Transport Society Event-Wednesday March 20th

The History of RAF Bentwaters - presented by Simon Gladas. The presentation will cover the history of RAF Bentwaters from 1943 to 1993. Beginning with the origins of the airfield and the early use by the RAF in WW11, through to the arrival of the Americans in 1951, the many units and aircraft types deployed during the Cold War. For those who remember the skies in Suffolk full of jet fighters and the many airshows, it will bring back many memories and if you have wondered what did happen at one of the largest bases in the UK then this presentation will reveal all. Presented by Simon Gladas, a volunteer at the Bentwaters Cold War Museum, the talk will include many photos from the extensive archive held by the museum. (Air).

Please note this replaces  David Kerridges London Transport Museum Depot ‘A Transport Chest’ and will be re-scheduled later.

Ipswich & District Historical Transport Society Event-Wednesday April 24th

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

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. 

Please note the date for this meeting is a week earlier than normal, i.e. 20th March