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Autumn Term Course enrolments

Some of our courses are now fully booked. Please call or email if you want to enquire about a particular course.

posted 09 Sep 16

Cafe Re-opens!

Our Pages Café, behind the Reading Room at 15 Tavern Street, has been closed for refurbishment for the past few weeks. The transformation is complete and we are delighted that the Mayor of Ipswich, Councillor Roger Fern, will be 'cutting the ribbon' at 10am on Tuesday 13th September.
The café will be open this weekend for Heritage Open Day visitors.

posted 09 Sep 16

Evening Classes

Our autumn programme is open for enrolments.
There are beginners evening classes in subjects as varied as Astronomy, German, Lino Cut Printing, Creative Textiles and Using Camera Flash. And second year courses in French, Italian and Guitar Playing still have places available.
Call us now.

posted 18 Aug 16


Below are a selection of up-coming events, click here to see more

Saturday Study Day 'Miguel de Cervantes (1547 - 1616) his life and times'

Catherine Dell
Birkbeck Room, 15 Tavern Street

01 Oct 16 9.30 - 3.30

Cost £17.00
Includes morning coffee and lunch

After the Bible, Don Quixote is the world’s most translated book. Such success has guaranteed “the knight of sorrowful countenance” global recognition, but his creator, Miguel de Cervantes, remains more elusive.

This study day explores the life of an extraordinary man. Relentlessly pursued by debt, ill-fortune and failure, Cervantes was variously an adventurer, soldier, hostage, spy, purveyor, tax-collector, would-be poet, frustrated playwright… Then, towards the end of his life, he wrote Don Quixote and became instantly famous (though never rich).

Alongside our biographical focus, there will be an overview of the historical and literary contexts as well as an introduction to Don Quixote itself. (Haven’t read the book? Doesn’t matter.)

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Ipswich Identity

Michael Taylor
Admiral's House

06 Oct 16 15.00 - 16-00

Tickets £3.00. Members may bring non-member guest to this event.

Michael Taylor, a Borough Council conservation officer, will talk about the distinctive character of Ipswich highlighted during the course of a four year study. The Urban Characterisation Study looks at those parts of the town outside the conservation areas and therefore often overlooked and identifies the distinctive characteristics which should be protected from insensitive development.

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Julia Blackburn

Suffolk Book League Author's Talk
Reading Room

19 Oct 16 19.30

Suffolk Book League members £4. Non-members £8.

Julia Blackburn is a writer of novels, travel books, biography and memoir. Threads: the delicate life of John Craske is a “wonderfully eccentric biography” which “paints vivid pictures of both artist and biographer”.

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Courses for All

Our Evening Learning Programme of courses is open to the public, with discounted fees available to Institute members.

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Members' Courses

Over fifty daytime courses are available to those who pay an annual Institute membership subscription.

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