The Ipswich Archaeological Trust was formed in October 1982 to inform the people of Ipswich about, and involve them in, archaeological work being undertaken in the town and surrounding area.
The archaeological deposits which underlie Ipswich town centre are of international importance. Excavations carried out since 1974 demonstrate that Ipswich is one of the earliest English towns and one of the first in north-west Europe. The town was probably founded by the East Anglian Kings buried at the famous Sutton Hoo cemetery in the early 7th century. The archaeology of Ipswich provides a unique opportunity to understand the early development of our present-day urban society.
The Trust's activities depend partly on what is happening in archaeological exploration at the time but they comprise:
- lectures on archaeology in general, work in the town and elsewhere
- newsletters giving up-to-date information about sites being excavated, finds and activities
- exhibitions about the archaeology of Ipswich
- walk and talk activities covering the general history of Ipswich
- visits to excavations and sites in the town and elsewhere.
Anybody wishing to join should contact the Ipswich Archaeological Trust's Membership Secretary: Mrs Eileen Ward, Campion, Chapel lane, Belstead, Ipswich, IP8 3LR
Annual subscriptions are £8.00 for individual/Family membership and £5.00 for senior citizens/ junior membership.