About us

We are a registered charity which came to life following the Maritime Ipswich 82 celebrations. We were formed at a time when the Wet Dock was in decline and our original aim was to find ways to help bring the Wet Dock, now the Waterfront back to life, something largely achieved over the last 35 years.

The Trust arranged the Sail Ipswich event in 1997 which was the beginning of the now ever popular Ipswich Maritime Festivals. The Trust continues to support Ipswich Borough Council with this event. 

Today our principal aim is to protect and promote the astonishing maritime history and heritage of Ipswich and the River Orwell, reaching right back to the 7th Century. The Trust encourages and supports a wide range of educational activities for all ages, including support for other local maritime charities such as Sea Change Sailing Trust.

We also maintain our own Window Museum on Albion Quay near Dance East on the Waterfront which is open 24/7 365 days a year. We are always looking for passionate volunteers to help look after Ipswich’s maritime heritage and could not function without them or a growing body of members.