The latest news from the Ipswich Institute

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.
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posted 18 Aug 16

Autumn Programme

Our Autumn programmes of Day and Evening Courses and other events are now published. Please call, or email if you would like a copy.

posted 14 Jul 16

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If you are not already an Institute Member but would like to be informed when our next termly programme is published, please send us an email. We will happily add you to our distribution list.

posted 23 May 16


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



30 Aug 16 Coach leaves at 9.00am

Tickets £30.
Non-member tickets available for this trip - £35.

A chance to visit the premier out-of-town royal residence. Built in 1870 by the Prince of Wales (later King Edward VII), Sandringham House is surrounded by 60 acres of glorious gardens.

Ticket includes entry to the House, Museum and Gardens.

Public Event

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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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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