WHAT WE AIM TO DO
The IMT is a Registered Charity whose object is:
“to educate the people of Suffolk in all matters maritime”, and less formally, to fulfil a deeply felt ambition to assist in the rescue of the Wet Dock from its gradual decline from commercial prominence – an objective now largely achieved!

WHAT WE’VE DONE SO FAR
IMT was formed in 1982 from the Maritime Ipswich Committee, which organised a year long series of events as part of the Maritime England Initiative.  These included a summer exhibition in the ‘Home’ Warehouse (now Ashton Graham HQ). IMT then prepared a visionary plan for the then run-down Wet Dock.  It would be extravagant to claim that the Trust brought about the current development activity, but it was instrumental in galvanising local opinion, and, through its many initiatives, keeping its vision in the forefront of local consciousness until commercial opportunities came to be grasped.

The following highlights significant events since the inception of the IMT in 1982:

- Responding to requests for financial assistance to support promising young sailors with the cost of    competing at national and international level, and obtaining sailing experience;
- Supporting local historic vessels and maritime causes;
- Working to promote a Maritime Centre in the vicinity of the Wet Dock;
- Mounting Wet Dock events in collaboration with such organisations as the Sailing Barge Research Association, Ipswich Port Authority, Ipswich Borough Council, Ipswich Museums and Art Galleries, Associated British Ports, and the Association of Dunkirk Little Ships, including the unilateral or joint promotion of:

2016

Launch of on-line IMT Image Archive
Collaboration with PhotoEast photo festival around Ipswich Wet Dock
Donation to PhotoEast photographic Festival - £500
Donation to EAST Waterside Community Centre - £400
University Campus Suffolk maritime history essay prize - £100

2015

University Campus Suffolk maritime history essay prize - £100

2014

Donation to Sea-Change Sailing Trust for their ‘Woolverstone project’ - £700
University Campus Suffolk maritime history essay prize - £100

2013

Donation to ‘Stem-to-Stern’ for their project to build a sailing dingy for the 5th Woodbridge Sea Scouts - £500
Passed the 250 member and 50 talk milestones
Held the International Broke Symposium at USC
Assistance with publishing ‘Sailing Barges – The Dunkirk Story’ - £700
Donation to the fund to provide a Merchant Navy memorial for Ipswich - £2000

2012

Assistance to Miss Emma White to compete I the World Cadet Sailing Championships at Hobart, Tasmania - £500
Move talks to larger venue at UCS to cope with increased attendance

2011

Sponsorship of Richard Smith and Jill Freestone’s definitive book ‘The port of Ipswich: Its Shipping and Trades’ - £2000
Started annual Thames Barge trips on the Orwell and Stour

2010

Facilitated joint event between Ipswich Sea Cadets and 13th Ipswich Sea Scouts
Formed liaison with Department of History, University College Suffolk to collaborate on local maritime history.

2009

Official Opening, and celebration Mayoral Reception for, the first of the planned five new windows which together will constitute our Window Museum
Sponsorship of a Sea Cadet for one week sailing on a tall ship - £300

2008

Visit of the historic ship 'Picton Castle', and Mayoral Reception on board 

2007

25th Anniversary Year to include Exhibitions, and special events, including the celebration of the 400th  
Anniversary of the founding of Jamestown, Virginia, USA.

2006

Spring Lectures programme extended to include an Autumn series, at the Royal Harwich Yacht Club.

2005

The Trust Council was reconstituted, and a new category of Trust Membership created, attracting a large and increasing number of new Trust household, individual and corporate members

2004

Spring Series of Lectures initiated

2003

Sailing Barge Family Heritage weekend

2002

Visit of the Association of Dunkirk Little Ships, and Old Gaffers Association

2000

Heritage Weekend opening of the Waterfront Centre, becoming an annual event.

1999

Establishment of a Maritime Centre in the ABP-restored Old Custom House (renamed ‘The Waterfront Centre’), including opening of the Centre as part of the Heritage Week-end initiative

1997

‘Sail Ipswich’  (attracting over 35,000 people, and hundreds of historic vessels to the Wet Dock)

1995

Celebration of the 150th Anniversary of opening of the Old Custom House

1992

Boat Festival to celebrate the 150th Anniversary of the opening of the Wet Dock, including a parallel Exhibition in the Isaac Lord Warehouse

1990

Celebration of 50th Anniversary of ‘Operation Dynamo’

1989

‘Education Boxes’ on barges for local schools

1988

Classic Boat Festival

1987

‘River Orwell’ booklet production and associated Exhibition

1984

Exhibition of Marine Models, and East Anglian Group of Marine Artists

1983

Summer Exhibition in the Home Warehouse

WHAT WE ARE PLANNING
On-going work includes the continuing building of our collection of marine artefacts, new displays for the Window Museum incorporated in The Mill on Albion Quay, and events to promote Ipswich maritime history.