Suffolk Industrial Archaeology Society

The Suffolk IAS is Based in Ipswich.


Wednesday 13th September 2017 at 7.30pm – John Barbrook: The Crane family, from Normandy to Nacton Road.
As producers of pipe fittings and valves, Cranes – American owned and dominated – were one of the largest manufacturing companies in Ipswich. John Barbrook has researched the history of the family behind the business.

Wednesday 11th October 2017 at 7.30pm – John Norman: Ipswich Icons
A return visit from John, whose ‘Ipswich Icons’ column in the East Anglian Daily Times has covered much of Ipswich’s past, including substantial references to its former industries.

Wednesday 8th November 2017 at 7.30pm – Annual General Meeting, followed by:
John Jones: Industrial Archaeology in the Netherlands
Sites visited on a recent IA-themed visit to the country.

Wednesday 13th December 2017 at 7.30pm – Linda Sexton: A Stagecoach Through Ipswich
Another revisit from a popular speaker. Linda’s researches into the Ipswich to Yarmouth Southtown turnpike road resulted in further research into the stagecoaches which served Ipswich prior to the advent of railways.

Wednesday 10th January 2018 at 7.30pm – To be arranged.

Wednesday 14th February 2018 at 7.30pm – To be arranged.

Wednesday 14th March 2018 at 7.30pm – Graham Mack and Peter McGee: The Lost Aerodrome of Elmswell
With the centenary of the Great War being remembered in 2014, the Elmswell History Group began a project to discover more about the Royal Flying Corps aerodrome located in their village. With Zeppelin raids on England commencing in 1915, Home Defence Aerodromes, including that at Elmswell, were built for the protection of the capital.

Wednesday 11th April 2018 at 7.30pm – To be arranged.

Venue: All indoor meetings are held at the Ipswich Transport Museum, Cobham Road, Ipswich, IP3 9JD. Parking and access is via the rear of the museum.

More details of the events may be found in the Events Diary


John Jones, Hines Farm, Earl Stonham, Stowmarket, IP14 5HQ (01449 711448) Email:

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