The latest news from the Ipswich Institute

2020 Spring Term Programme

We are working on our Spring Term programme of Day and Evening courses.

If you would like to receive a copy of the programme (to be published week beginning 18th November), please send us an email asking to be added to our distribution list.

posted Mon, 14 Oct 19

Last Minute Enrolments!

There are still a few places left on some of our evening courses which start this week.
In particular we have a ten week course on Japanese Culture starting on Thursday where you can learn about Manga, Anime and J-Pop as well as aspects of everyday life, cinema and games.

posted Mon, 23 Sep 19

Autumn Programme Published

PDF copies of our printed autumn programmes, both Day and Evening Courses, are now available by clicking on the links in the right hand column of this page.

Detailed course listings accessible via the COURSES link above will be populated over the next few days.

posted Mon, 15 Jul 19


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

Stardust: Tales from the early days of British computing.

Professor Simon Lavington
Chapters Restaurant

Wed, 23 Oct 1919.00 - 20.30

£4 (£5 for non-members)

RESCHEDULED from 9th October

The talk will tell the story of the life and times of nine Ferranti computers launched into an unsuspecting market place between 1951 and 1957. This was a family of very early supercomputers, digital dinosaurs that lumbered from Manchester to Toronto, Amsterdam and Rome, consuming a diet of applications that ranged from atomic weapons to cotton spinning.

Above all, this is the story of the men and women who struggled to tame the dinosaurs and put their primitive powers to useful work. The talk will be embellished with rare photos and intriguing personal anecdotes.

Whilst the talk does give plenty of technical details, particularly about the Ferranti installation at GCHQ, the socio-economic and human backdrop always shines through.

Emeritus Professor Simon Lavington, M.Sc., Ph.D., FIEE, FBCS graduated from Manchester University in 1962 and joined the University’s computer design group. He became Professor of Computer Science at the University of Essex in 1986.

Public Event

Rediscovering Cedric Morris, Artist & Plantsman

Diana Grace
Birkbeck Room

Thu, 24 Oct 1914.00 - 15.00

£4. Members may bring non-member guests to this event

Cedric Morris was in his time a highly acclaimed, commercially successful artist and our illustrated talk offers a glimpse into the world of this under-rated artist.

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Silbury Hill - Unplugged, with Afternoon Tea

Chapters Restaurant

Tue, 05 Nov 1915.00 - 16.00

£8. Members may bring non-member guests to this event

David Stainer and Scott Dolling play a lively mix of acoustic music at events and clubs throughout the region as well as an occasional foray into France and Belgium! They bring a selection of tunes and tales to the Institute, to be taken with afternoon tea.
Book early!

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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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Our latest course leaflet is now available to download.

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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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The Members' Programme, including courses and all other activities available to members, may be downloaded here.

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