Ipswich Pleasure Beach to Modern Port focuses on the history of Cliff Quay in Ipswich. After the First World War the Victorian Wet Dock had become too small to accommodate the 20th century’s new and larger ships. The bold decision was taken to build a brand-new quay in the tidal river. Cliff Quay was developed in stages starting in the 1920s to become a modern facility that now handles a wide range of bulk cargo from all parts of the world. Today the Port of Ipswich handles over 3 million tonnes of cargo each year, making it the UK’s largest handler of agricultural products.
The display includes a splendid model of today’s Cliff Quay made by our fantastic volunteers Ben Bendall and Colin Waters.
Most of our Window Museum displays have featured the Wet Dock, and so one which looks at what happens outside the historic Wet Dock has been overdue. Cliff Quay was developed in stages over a large part of the 20th century starting in front of the Cobbold Brewery in the early 1920s from where, some years earlier, John Cobbold had a shipyard and built prefabricated pubs to be transported by sea up the Suffolk coast to remote locations such as Shingle Street, and samples of some of the huge variety of products traded to and from ports world-wide are also included, along with large colour images of the quay’s history from the Image Archive.
There is also a fine model of the ARKLOW WAVE, the green Arklow shipping vessels which are regular visitors to Cliff Quay for many years. This display will be changed in October so if you have not already seen it there are a couple of months to make your way down to the Waterfront to view it. Not only does our diorama of Cliff Quay samples of some of these cargos are displayed, shipped to and from the many ports listed on the window reveals of this display.