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3D Design for Beginners

We are pleased to be offering an introductory course in 3D design using the free software package SketchUp.

The package can be used for all sorts of applications - varying from interior and garden design to video game design.

See our Courses for All/Leisure Interests for details.

posted Mon, 19 Aug 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

Suffolk Book League Author's Talk

Rebecca Stott
Reading Room

Mon, 16 Sep 1919.30

Rebecca Stott is a novelist and historian. She is a Professor of English Literature and Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia. Her eleven books include three non-fiction history of science books.

Rebecca Stott's 2017 memoir, In the Days of Rain, tells of her experience growing up in a separatist fundamentalist Christian cult.

Public Event

Constructing the Sutton Hoo Ship replica

Paul Constantine
Chapters Restaurant

Wed, 25 Sep 1919.00 - 20.30

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

What are the processes for constructing a 90ft ship?
This talk explains the background and shows the practical steps, from hewing trees to the launching of a Scandinavian ship

Members Only
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Tales from the early days of British computing

Professor Simon Lavington
Reading Room

Wed, 09 Oct 1919.00 - 20.30

£4 (£5 for non-members)

Ferranti Ltd. delivered the world’s first production computer in 1951 and for some time was effectively the only supplier of computers to countries outside the USA. In this talk we set Ferranti in the context of British and American projects, exploring the company’s relationship to other computer manufacturers. Women mathematicians featured strongly as early programmers and the careers of six of these pioneers are described. Of the nine Ferranti installations, most were applied to Cold War defence problems.  The case-history of GCHQ’s first computer is taken as an example.

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


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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