2024 is the Institute’s 200th anniversary year!

On the 23rd of November 1824 an extremely well attended public meeting was held in the Council Chamber at which it was decided to establish a Mechanic’s Institute -what would later become the Ipswich Institute – by means of a library, reading room, a museum and lectures. At that meeting a committee was elected and 107 members joined straight away.

200 years later the Institute still has the library and reading room at our present site of 15 Tavern Street, where we moved in 1834, and we offer a wide range of opportunities to learn. These include courses, day trips, talks and guided walks around Ipswich.

To celebrate we will be offering a variety of FREE events that are open to all, both members and non-members.

There will also be two fundraising events – a Fashion Show and a Quiz.

Find out more below.

AUGUST 13th 2024

Join Monica Askay, Cook and Food Historian for a taste of 1824! This will be an opportunity to discover what dishes our predecessors ate and enjoyed. Dishes chosen will also have connections to Ipswich and Suffolk.

There will be a display of recipe books of the period for reference, along with kitchenalia.

This is a drop in event from 10am. 

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Enjoy an evening of fashion and fun at the Ipswich Institute!

Join the Cake & Catwalk, The Elvish Tailor and more to explore next season’s fashion surrounded by the rich history of the Institute’s Victorian Library. Doors open at 7pm and the show starts at 7.30pm. There will be opportunities to buy the clothes you see, a raffle, a free spot quiz with prizes and a cash bar. Tickets include a complimentary glass of prosecco.

Show off your general knowledge at our Quiz Night!

Join us for a quizzical evening in the Institute’s Victorian Library. Doors open at 6.30pm and the quiz starts at 7pm. Teams of up to four are welcome; you can come along in a group or create a team on the night. There will be a raffle, a cash bar and £50 cash prize for the winning team.

With thanks to the Heritage Fund for providing funding to allow us to offer free events to our members and the wider community.
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