Windows into the Past

Open 24/7 365 days a year our museum come rain or shine tells the fantastic and extraordinary stories of Ipswich’s rich maritime heritage, stretching right back to the town’s Anglo-Saxon beginnings. So next time you are down on Albion Quay, come to see our current display. Our exhibitions are regularly changed by our enthusiastic volunteer team.

The Window Museum is easy to find along the Waterfront between Stoke Bridge and the Old Custom House, on Albion Quay, right next door to La Tour Cycle Café.

If you are interested in helping us with this unique and exciting museum project to protect and promote the town’s maritime heritage, call us on 01473 690090, or email us at


#TheLastGrainRace 19


It is now 80 years since the Abraham Rydberg brought a cargo of grain from Australia to Ipswich on what was to be termed the ‘Last Grain Race’. This display celebrates Abraham Rydberg’s final visit, along with the many other great sailing ships that carried their precious cargo around the globe to Ipswich before the Second World War. By using the power of wind and ocean current alone, the crews of these magnificent square-rigged ships competed to be the winner of the ‘Great Grain Race’ by completing their course to the UK in the fastest overall time.


This display focuses on the Ipswich and the Australian Grain Trade and the many sailing ships that brought their cargo to Cranfield’s Flour Mill at the head of the Wet Dock on the site of this Window Display.


A model of the 4 masted Barque the Herzogin Cecilie is displayed with a brightly painted white hull, it was kindly donated by the National Maritime Museum. Herzogin Cecilie was the most triumphant vessel during the Grain Races recording 6 victories.

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