Suffolk Industrial Archaeology Society

The Suffolk IAS is Based in Ipswich.


Wednesday 13 September 2023 at 1930.

The Architecture of the Inland Waterways

A talk by Steven Worsley.         

The resumption of the indoor meetings season, and your chairman’s retirement from talks continues to be on hold, largely because no other speaker could be found.  Following our look last season at the Architecture of Ports, tonight we will continue inland with the built environment of the UK’s canals and river navigations.   

Wednesday 11 October 2023 at 1930.

The Stowmarket Navigation – The Fall and Rise of the River Gipping.

A talk by Gerry Crease.             

A visit this evening from the River Gipping Trust, who are committed to reviving the Stowmarket Navigation, which allowed the inland town to grow substantially in the 19th century and gave a boost to its industry.  Apologies for scheduling two inland waterway meetings in close succession, but it is a case of availability of speakers on the dates in question.     

Wednesday 8 November 2023 at 1930.

Annual General Meeting.

To be followed by a talk by John Jones on Portugal

John has just returned from the recent Heritage of Industry tour of Portugal, which despite its reputation as a rural country with a large tourist industry, does have some very interesting industrial archaeology. 

Wednesday 13 December 2023 at 1930.

To be confirmed.

Wednesday 10 January 2024 at 1930.

To be confirmed.

Wednesday 14 February 2024 at 1930.

To be confirmed.

The venue for indoor meetings is the Ipswich Transport Museum, Cobham Road, Ipswich, IP3 9JD.  We are now able to meet in the ‘Savoy’, aka the Portabcabin, which is capable of being heated prior to the start of out meetings.  It should thus be more comfortable in the winter months than the open space within the museum which we have used since the pandemic eased.

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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