The latest news from the Ipswich Institute

Institute goes modern!

We've finally succumbed to 21st Century pressures and joined the social media circus.

You can follow us on Twitter at @Ips_Institute or on Facebook at IpswichInstitute

Please bear with us - we're new to this!

posted 20 Jul 17

Autumn Programme

Our Autumn Term programmes are now available.

Details of all the courses can be found on this website. And we can send you a pdf copy of both the Day Programme (for members) and the Evening Programme (for all). Phone or email us if you are interested.

Enrolments for autumn term evening courses are being taken now.

posted 04 Jul 17

New Angle Readers' Choice

In conjunction with Suffolk Libraries, we have just launched a Readers' Choice competition to run alongside our New Angle Prize for Literature.
The shortlist can be found on the New Angle webpage (click on the tab above).

To vote for the book which you consider represents the best of the region’s literature from the past two years copy and paste the following url into your web browser

posted 05 Jun 17


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

Life Drawing Day

Paul Vousden
Birkbeck Room

22 Jul 17 9.30 - 3.30

£35 (Institute members) £40 (non-members) includes coffee and sandwich lunch

Open to any level of experience, this practical study day with a professional life model will include some demonstration and discussion of techniques, principles and approach using appropriate examples from art history.
“…things that can be gained from the practice are personal visual language, composition and spatial awareness. As humans it is only natural that depicting our form should play an important role as subject matter.” (St Ives Drawing School)
Please bring your preferred art materials, paper and drawing board. Some materials and papers will be available for purchase from the tutor on the day.

Public Event

Improvers' Guide to Solving Cryptic Crosswords

Tim King (aka Encota)
Birkbeck Room

21 Sep 17 10.15 - 12.15

£6.50 (Institute members), £7.50 (non-members)

Crosswords and especially cryptic crosswords are a brilliant means of keeping our brains active, for improving problem solving skills and for expanding our vocabulary.
This workshop is designed for those who have had some experience of cryptic crosswords and are keen to learn more; ideal if you attended the previous workshop or you regularly solve some of a daily national cryptic puzzle.
Tim, an expert crossword solver and setter, will guide us into the mystery (and history) of the cryptic crossword with time split between presentation and practising solving.

Public Event

Spain 1937-39: a fight to the finish

Catherine Dell
Birkbeck Room, Tavern Street

25 Nov 17 9.30 - 3.30

Cost: Members £17.00
Non-members £19.00

Following on from 1936: Spain in Crisis, this study day continues the story of the Spanish Civil War from 1937 onwards.
Through the witness of combatants, medical teams, war correspondents, and civilians, our focus covers key events such as the bombing of Guernica (and Picasso’s response), the battle of Teruel – fought in sub-zero temperatures, the audacious, but doomed, offensive across the river Ebro, the fall of Catalonia…and the plight of 500,000 refugees.
For the Republicans, the war’s end in April 1939 brought disillusion and defeat.
For the country as a whole, division and dictatorship.
Note: It is not necessary to have attended 1936:Spain in Crisis

Public Event


Courses for All

Our Evening Learning Programme of courses is open to the public, with discounted fees available to Institute members.

view courses

Members' Courses

Over fifty daytime courses are available to those who pay an annual Institute membership subscription.

view courses

designed and developed by three&me