The latest news from the Ipswich Institute

Update For Members

It has been a number of weeks now since the Institute had to close its doors but we have been working away behind the scenes planning for the time when we can finally re-open and welcome members once again.

The Institute takes the safety of members and staff very seriously and we want to make sure everyone feels safe and comfortable when we re-open. Over the past few days we have been sourcing items to put this into place, including perspex screens for counters, clear visors for staff and plenty of hand sanitiser.

We hope you all remain well and look forward to seeing you soon.

Jo Rooks
General Manager

posted Fri, 29 May 20

Update For Members

Today a small group met (virtually) to begin the planning process for re-opening the Institute in the future. We are waiting to hear from Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Sunday about the UK's plans for coming out of lockdown, which will provide guidance on how we move forwards and what measures we will need to put in place.

As soon as we know more from the government we will be communicating with all our members by letter or email to let you know how we plan to start re-opening whilst keeping everyone safe.

Many of the Institute staff have been furloughed but you can still get in touch with us via email,

I hope you are all well and looking forward to joining us again at the Institute when we can re-open.

Jo Rooks, General Manager

posted Thu, 07 May 20

Welcome to Jo

Monday 20th April sees the start of a new regime at the Institute as we welcome Jo Rooks to the role of General Manager, allowing Hugh Pierce to slip quietly into retirement. The handover period was to have been two weeks – to the end of April - but given the current circumstances, Hugh has promised to be available for as long as is necessary to support Jo and the team in successfully reopening the Institute when the time comes.
Jo was previously a very successful Learning Officer for the Museum of East Anglian Life and we are sure Institute members will wish her the very best as she changes her focus from Stowmarket to Ipswich!

posted Mon, 20 Apr 20


Our events programme is currently suspended.

Members Annual Meeting

The Annual Members' Meeting, due to take place in April, has had to be postponed.

The trustees have agreed to post the audited Trustees Annual Report and Accounts for 2019 here:

2019 TAR & Accounts


All courses are currently suspended.

For information, Spring 2020 programme details can still be found below

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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