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Job Vacancy!

The Institute has a vacancy for a part-time Finance Officer (minimum 12 hrs a week). A knowledge of SAGE accounts and pay systems is required.

A Job description is available on request - see below for contact details.

Application by CV and covering letter.

posted 04 Feb 16

Authors' Talks

The Suffolk Book League's programme of authors' talks for 2016 has been published.

All events take place in the Institute Reading Room at 15 Tavern Street.

For details see: SBL

posted 01 Feb 16

Photography - places still available

Another of our popular How to Enjoy your Camera courses begins on Wednesday 13 January from 18.30 - 20.30. This is a great course if you are a little daunted by those buttons and dials on your digital camera.
Why not treat yourself for the New Year?

posted 05 Jan 16


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

William Pretty & Son. Corset manufacturer

Roger Kennell
Birkbeck Room

16 Feb 16 14.00 - 15.00

Tickets £3.50.
Members may bring non-member guests to this event.

Footman Pretty in Westgate Street, now the site of Debenhams, was one of the major department stores of the county town. Roger Kennell will tell the story of William Pretty, and his son, also William, who was given charge of the associated corset factory located at the rear of the store. William Junior was the largest corset manufacturer in the country, exporting to many parts of the world, but had to contend with social changes which affected the business.

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The Life and art of Sir Alfred Munnings

Marcia Whiting
Admiral's House

10 Mar 16 15.00 - 16.00

Tickets £3.50
Members may bring non-member guests to this event.

Marcia Whiting, curatorial associate of the Munnings Art Museum in Dedham, will explore the artist’s wide ranging subject matter including portraits, landscapes and rural scenes as well as the horse paintings for which he was so well known. Images shown will range from early childhood works to those of his later life.

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1936: Spain in Crisis

Catherine Dell
Birkbeck Room, 15 Tavern Street

12 Mar 16 9.30 - 15.30

£17. Ticket includes morning coffee and lunch
Members may buy tickets for non-member guests.

In 2016 it is 80 years since the outbreak of the Spanish Civil War and, to mark the anniversary, this study day focuses on that fateful year, 1936. First, we explore the immediate cause of the conflict from the Popular Front’s election victory in February through to the assassination of Calvo Sotelo in July. Then we consider the early stages of the war itself, examining how a military coup escalates into a national catastrophe with international dimensions.

By the end of 1936, Spain is engulfed in a devastating tragedy that will change the course of its history forever.

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