Suffolk Industrial Archaeology Society

The Suffolk IAS is Based in Ipswich.


Wednesday 9 March 2022 at 1930
Bill Barton, FRAS. Ransomes and the Astronomic Telescope.
Ipswich agricultural engineers Ransomes Sims & Jefferies had a little-known sideline – the production of mountings for astronomic telescopes. The mountings for the telescopes at the Royal Observatory at Greenwich and at Colonel Tomline’s house at Orwell Park originated from the Orwell Works. The work demanded precision engineering of the highest calibre. Bill Barton, our speaker, is the Deputy Director of the British Astronomical Association’s Historical Section.

Wednesday 13 April 2022 at 1930
Graham Newman. The Lost Railways of Suffolk.
Our speaker is involved with the East Suffolk Travellers Association transport pressure group, but tonight looks at local railway lines which no longer form part of the 21st-century network.

The venue for indoor meetings is the Ipswich Transport Museum, Cobham Road, Ipswich. Not in the Sunbeam Tearooms which continue to be out of bounds until such time as the Coronavirus epidemic ends, but in the main body of the museum, as was the case at the AGM in November. As a large open space, this is ideal for social distancing but can be on the cold side. Dress appropriately!

Wednesday 4 May 2022 at 1930.
Note the change of date from our usual second Wednesday in the month slot, due to availability of our guide.
Sudbury Silk Walk, led by Claire Partner, qualified Blue Badge Guide.
Meet outside the Town Hall on Market Hill.
Circumstances caused the towns of the Essex/Suffolk border area to become the centre of the British silk industry from the 18th century onwards. Sudbury still supports a residual industry, and also retains many reminders of the heyday of silk throwing and weaving in the town. Following successful tours of Hadleigh and Ipswich in recent years led by Blue Badge Guides, we look forward to discovering this interesting town. A charge of £6.00 per head will be payable.

Saturday 11 June 2022
EERIAC – The East of England Regional Industrial Archaeology Conference.
This annual event returns, a week later than normal due to the Royal Platinum Anniversary celebrations the previous weekend, and with a Suffolk venue. More information and a booking form will be available soon.

Venue: All indoor meetings begin at 19:30 and 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


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