Suffolk Industrial Archaeology Society

The Suffolk IAS is Based in Ipswich.


Wednesday 13 December 2023 at 1930

Horry Parsons – More Stories from the Tower. 

Horry will be recalled from his talk to the society several years ago, when he recounted his time as Project Manager for the building of the tower at the Cathedral in Bury St. Edmunds, a medieval construction project in the twentieth century.  Tonight he will speak about the trades that time reasons caused to be left out last time, such as glazing, flint work, and the construction and installation of the vaulted ceiling. 

Wednesday 10 January 2024 at 1930

Borin will be known for his excellent historic lettering website illustrating trade signage adorning local buildings, and may be recalled from his previous visit to speak to us.  This evening he will delve further into his collection.

Wednesday 14 February 2024 at 1930

Chris Turland – The Maritime Activities of R&W Paul.

Chris returns with another presentation, this time on the fleet of the Ipswich malsters R&W Paul.  Paul’s operated a large fleet of Thames barges until the very end of trading by this type of vessel.  Even then, they retained one barge for hospitality until the costs of restoration resulted in its sale.

Wednesday 13 March 2024 at 1930

To be confirmed.

Wednesday 10 April 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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