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The Trust is fortunate that, from its earliest days, the Wet Dock attracted pioneers experimenting with the newly invented science and art of photography.  Most of the earliest known photographs to survive are of scenes in London and Paris, or in the homes of their inventors, and so it is remarkable that those taken in and around the then new Wet Dock in Ipswich are among the rarest images ever taken.

For the last ten years Stuart Grimwade, a director of the Trust, has devoted much time to the digital restoration of these and many other early pictures of the Dock now kindly donated to the Trust. The Trust now therefore has a comprehensive Image Archive including whole collections such as that of Leonard Woolf, who has spent a lifetime collecting picture postcards of the Port and its River in Victorian and Edwardian times.  

A large selection of the images have been made publically available on the Flickr website at: www.flickr.com/imt_image_archive/albums

We are very keen on adding any information which people may have regarding the images and IMT members are able to add comments, tags and suggest titles to the images via the Flickr website. Non-members, or those who do not wish to register on the site, are welcome to email us at:


with their comments and suggestions.

If you have photographs or images which might be of interest to the Trust, or if you are interested in a particular time or place around the dock from around 1850 onwards and wish to enquire about their availability for educational or similar purposes supported by the Trust, then please also contact us at:


Click here to read about the background to the Image Archive and information of the contributors.

Click here to view an archive image representing each decade from the opening of the Wet Dock in 1843 to the present day.  

Click here to view a short historical tour around the Wet Dock, also illustrated from the Image Archive.