What we do

We work to promote the maritime history of Ipswich and the River Orwell, through our Window Museum, research, lectures and local partnerships. Over the last 35 years we have developed an ever-growing collection of local maritime artefacts, which we display within our Window Museum and at exhibitions and events across Ipswich. We also work in close collaboration with organisations such as the Sailing Barge Research Association, Ipswich Borough Council, Ipswich Museums and Art Galleries, Associated British Ports, the Association of Dunkirk Little Ships, University of Suffolk, Ipswich Society and many more to engage people with the extraordinary stories of Ipswich maritime past.

We support local historic vessels and local maritime causes. Currently this includes campaigning to maintain navigation rights and access to the historic heart of Ipswich, St Peters Dock. We hope to establish a Heritage Harbour here to become a key feature of the new and improved entrance to the waterfront and a central part of Ipswich’s ongoing maritime heritage

We encourage and support a wide range of educational activities for all ages to engage with activities on the water. We support other local maritime charities such as the Sea Change Sailing Trust, Adventures Offshore and many more.  Through financial support we also help young sailors with the cost of competing at national and international level and obtaining sailing experience; this also extends to enabling disadvantaged groups to access maritime activities.