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30th-31st May The Suffolk Show. WW1 IWMP Exhibit tbc
25th-28th May Dunkirk Little Ships visit Ipswich Waterfront.
27th May Sunday Parade and Waterfront memorial service (11:00 am)
1st July Music in the Park Exhibition at the Cenotaph.
Ipswich Maritime Festival tbc
tbc September Merchant Navy Day service and parade at Ipswich Waterfront Orwell Quay Merchant Navy Memorial.
27th October 2018 Ipswich and Suffolk RBL Poppy campaign Launch.(Ipswich Town Hall)
8th November Schools Fields of Honour Service (Ipswich Cemetery + Ipswich Cenotaph)
8th November 10th ,11th, 12th (tbc)Ipswich War Memorial Exhibition at the Reg Driver centre.
11th November Remembrance Sunday service.
10:25 a.m. The main Parade enters Christchurch Park at (Soane street entrance) to the Cenotaph.
10:45 a.m. Civic Parade moves off from Mansion House to Cenotaph.
10:50 a.m. Service begins
11:30+ a.m. service/ wreath laying ends
11:40+ a.m. March past and salute on Mansion house green.
18th March 2018Ipswich Remembers
IWMP Exhibition in the Foyer.
In collaboration with creative groups from Ipswich and across the region Ipswich Choral Society remembers the town’s part in the Great War. To mark the centenary of the end of that conflict the presentation will combine music, dance, poetry and animation to create an immersive, thought-provoking and moving performance.
Ipswich War Memorial Project Exhibition. Hard copy folders of all the work and the chance to meet the researchers.
Ask the Expert: Local History
When: 14th February 2018 @ 10:00am – 14th February 2018 @ 3:00pm
Venue: Ipswich Museum
Address: High St, Ipswich IP1 3QH, UK
Suitable for: Families
What to expect: Arts and Craft, Events, Handling objects, History, Science and Nature, Special, Talks and Tours
Ask the Expert days return to Ipswich Museum and Ipswich Art Gallery as part of an exciting holiday events programme which aims to inspire curiosity and creativity.
On Wednesday 14th February, bring in your own objects and photographs which belonged to your ancestors or that tell a story of local history within living memory – to show to others and learn more about them.
A range of local interest and specialist groups are joining forces with the museum team to offer a great day for all the family, including:
guided tours of the museum
art and craft
mini-talks from museum staff, local groups and members of the public (feeling brave?) – a chance to talk about the local history you love!
Experts will be on hand to chat with you about your artefacts, to offer advice about where to find out more, and to unlock the fascinating stories behind some of the Museum’s fabulous local and social history collections. Please note we cannot provide financial valuations.
Check this page again nearer the time for more details.
Free, drop-in (no need to book).
Remembrance Sunday 12th November 10:30 a.m.
On November 12th 2017 (Remembrance Sunday) an Exhibition will be held at the “Reg Driver Centre” Christchurch Park between 09:30 – 13:00 hrs.
10th November 10:45hrs
Schools Remembrance service held at Ipswich fields of honour ,Ipswich old Cemetery . All welcome
The Ipswich Poppy launch
The Town Hall steps. Mayor to open poppy shop in Sailmakers shopping mal
Ipswich War Memorial Project lecture
Hosted by the Ipswich Branch of the Suffolk Family History Society
Thursday 28th September 19:15 hrs
Co-Op Education Centre
11, Fore Street
Car park Waterworks Street Ip4 1JG
Admission £2.00 (members) £2.50 (none members)
Ipswich War Memorial Project has been running since 2014 primarily to record and identify Men of Ipswich who died during WW1. The project has now expanded to WW2 and up to 2007 coving the entire War memorial of over 2000 names creating a database and free website where families can discover more about their ancestors and the men and women of Ipswich who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country.
Families are invited to give images and information to the project, creating an insight into their lives before war, more than rank and regiment but a history to their entire life not just there sort military career.
The lecture will be on the fallen of Ipswich with rare and unseen family pictures and stories of the brave men and women of Ipswich
Come and meet the Ipswich War Memorial researchers
Saturday September 30th
SUFFOLK FAMILY HISTORY FAIR and AGM
10.00am – 4.00pm
University of Suffolk
Waterfront Building, Neptune Quay
Ipswich, IP4 1QJ
Merchant Navy Day service and parade
2nd September at 10:30–11:15 2017
Merchant Navy Day
Saturday 2nd September at Orwell Quay.
The Royal Navy Association, Royal British Legion and other
organisations are holding a Parade and Service for Merchant Navy Day
The parade will assemble at 10.30am and the service will begin at 10.45am Rev Andrew Dotchin will officiate and the Last Post will sound at 11am. After the service the company will retire to the Cult Cafe for coffee where all are welcome.
Merchant Navy / Mercantile Marine. Both services suffered heavy losses from German u-boat attacks, enemy ships and under water mines. U-boats sank 7,759,090 tons, with the loss of 14,660+ merchant seafarers 2,479 British merchant vessels and 675 British fishing vessels were lost. The sea trade was important to the war effort supplying food and materials as well as arms around the globe.
30,248 merchant seamen lost their lives, a death rate that was higher proportionately than in any of the armed forces.
The Battle of Passchendaele
31 July at 7:15–7:45 2017
The 100th anniversary of a battle that has come to represent the hideous slaughter on the Western Front during the First World War will be marked later this month by a moving ceremony in Ipswich.
The Battle of Passchendaele (officially known as the Third Battle of Ypres) began in July 1917 and lasted until November, with dreadful weather bringing a sea of mud to the Flanders trenches.
The Suffolk Regiment the 8th Battalion as part of the action took part in the battle of Pilckem Ridge losing many Ipswich men.
There will be a solemn gathering at the Cenotaph in Christchurch Park on 31st July at 7.15am and 15 minutes later whistles will be blown – just as they were 100 years ago to mark the “going over the top”.
The Royal British Legion invites members of the public to join veterans and cadets at commemorating those who lost their lives in this famous battle.
The death toll at Passchendaele was horrendous – 275,000 on the British and Allied side and 220,000 German victims. Historians still argue over the success of the campaign, which ended after the British and Canadians won a hard-fought victory at the Belgian village of Passchendaele.
However, all the land won by the Allies at Passchendaele was evacuated in the face of an impending German attack in 1918.
After the event jion us for Breakfast (at Cricketers Weatherspoons)
Exhibition at the Cenotaph “Ipswich Music Day Christchurch Park”
Thursday 11 May 2017
Town Lectures by IWM&C “The Battle of Arras” the Ipswich Men who made the ultimate sacrifice
Museum Street Methodist Church, Black Horse Lane, Ipswich 13:00hrs
THE BATTLE OF ARRAS 1917
Ipswich War Memorial Project
The Battle of Arras (9 April to 16 June 1917) cost the lives of nearly 160,000 British and Commonwealth soldiers, as well as over 125,000 German casualties. Andrew Beal examines the tactics, the battle and the story of over 80 Ipswich men who lost their lives and
are remembered on the Arras Memorial in France.…
Town Lectures and Concerts 2017
This eighteenth annual series of popular lectures presents Ipswich, its history and cultural background through the eyes of Suffolk-based speakers.
All the events take place at lunchtime on Thursdays at Museum Street Methodist Church (entrance in Black Horse Lane), Ipswich. Each event starts at 1.00pm and ends at 1.50pm.
Tea and coffee are served from 12.30pm.
Seats are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. We apologise in advance if, on your arrival, the hall is full. Due to fire regulations we must comply with maximum capacity rules.
The choice of venue and timing aim to give business people, shoppers and visitors to the town the opportunity to attend.
ADMISSION IS FREE with a retiring collection to defray expenses. Donations of at least £2.00 per head are valued to maintain the series.
Thursday 16th March 13:10-13:50
The Battle of Arras, Ipswich Men remembered
The Thursday Forum.
This is one of a series of lectures by the Ipswich War Memorial Project charting the Ipswich men who gave their lives for our tomorrow. Each lecture gives a chance to see many unseen photos and personal journeys of the brave Ipswich men as well as the chance to see research of the dead from WW1 and WW2 followed by Q&A
February 2nd 2017
Battle of Britain Tree Planting ceremony event was held in Christchurch Park Ipswich to commemorate all the Heroes who took part in the Battle of Britain, Civic heads , Polish Embassy consular ,Royal British legend members and Polish community held a short service and paid tribute to the brave men who made the ultimate sacrifice. The Mayor using the words of Stanley Chambers (A Ipswich Battle of Britain veteran) “So many men gave up their lives for our freedom.. please don’t give your freedom away!”
On November 13th 2016 (Remembrance Sunday) an Exhibition will be held at the “Reg Driver Centre” Christchurch Park between 09:30 – 13:00 hrs.
The annual Ipswich Remembrance Sunday service will take place on 13th November at the War Memorial in Christchurch Park at 10.50am.
The service, which is being organised by the Royal British Legion, will be attended by the Mayor of Ipswich, Councillor Roger Fern, veterans, cadets, civic leaders and the public, including guests from Arras. After the service, the Mayor will take the Salute at the March Past near Christchurch Mansion.
On Friday 11th November at 11am, 98 years after the guns fell silent on the Western Front in the First World War, local schoolchildren will join veterans, the Mayor and the Deputy Mayor, at the Fields of Honour in the Old Cemetery for a service of remembrance. (free event)
Each child will lay a poppy at the grave of those who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country.
Later that day, the Festival of Remembrance by the Ipswich Hospital Band at St Peter’s by the Waterfront, Ipswich.
An exhibition was held at the “Poppy Shop” in the newly refurbished Sail Makers Shopping centre preceded by the launch of the Poppy appeal launch at the Ipswich Town Hall Ipswich town centre. 29th October 2016