From the very beginning of the Ipswich Maritime Trust in 1982 we have relied on the help of hardworking volunteers. As a 100% volunteer-run charity organisation, volunteers are at the heart of what we do. As such we are always looking for passionate people to join our team. Does this sound like you?

“I’ve never really thought of what I do as ‘volunteering’ – more simply indulging in what I love doing!”

Perhaps you can give a few hours a month to research into the stories that come from the items in our collection, spare some time to help set up and run our exhibitions, or help fundraise and promote our causes. Then we need you!

You don’t need to have special expertise or knowledge of the maritime history of Ipswich to volunteer. It can be a great way to make new friends and if you have some expertise in the maritime world, so much the better, as we’d love to hear about your experiences too.

The first step is to let us know that you’re interested. Please get in contact with us if you would like to be involved in any way or to find to out more details.

You can contact us on by email at info@ipswichmaritimetrust.org.uk

Current Opportunities

  • Trustee
  • Window Museum Volunteer
  • Conservation and Collections Volunteer
  • Research Volunteer
  • Marketing and Communications Volunteer
  • Administrative Volunteer

What our volunteers say!

“Volunteering for the IMT helps to keep me fit and active in body and mind. Meeting new people and passing on knowledge is rewarding, and the story of Ipswich and its maritime heritage is a fascinating one that we can help bring to a wider audience.”


“The people I have met and the knowledge and friends I have gained, since being involved with the IMT from the 1980s, has hugely enriched my life. The reward for being involved in the work of the Trust, the festivals, the exhibitions, lectures and Window Museum has been to see a greater public awareness of Ipswich’s maritime heritage. There is still more work to be done and I am glad to be able to contribute.”


“It was brother Mark who first persuaded me that I should join IMT, having spent much of my childhood sailing with him in the early 1950s. This also led to a life-long interest in the dock ever since my brother kept his boat on Ransomes Quay in the 1950s. My first contribution was to help negotiate the planning condition that gave us our Window Museum, since when I have enjoyed the regular challenge of putting on over 19 displays. A love of photography proved an asset when I began to develop the trust’s image archive. This has now taken on a life of its own, and I find myself making new contacts around the world and that is something I never foresaw happening in my retirement.”