Town Lectures & Concerts

Covid 19 and Lockdown, Ipswich Arts Association will monitor the ongoing situation
and updates for future Lectures & Concerts will be posted here as available.

Town Lectures & Concerts – News and updates – 2021 Season:


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Thursday 13th May 2021 – Lecture (via Zoom).


Wolsey vs Cromwell: Who Did for Ipswich Theatre?
with Ivan Cutting, Artistic Director, Eastern Angles


In 1504 the Annals of Ipswich record “Granted to John Stangilts, 20s 8d yerely for 12 yeres to find the stageing for Corp’ Chr’i  play”. And yet, in 1531 they include the command: “Corpus Christi play laide for ever aside by order”. So, what happened in those 27 years to prompt this change of heart?
Why was this important and popular piece of street theatre shelved?
Ivan Cutting of Eastern Angles takes a journey of discovery through this crucial period
of history and speculates on the town’s theatrical heritage tourist appeal.

Anyone interested in attending the lecture will need to register in advance (for zoom link).
Please email Vera Rogers at:  to express your interest.

Mystery plays could have been a source of inspiration for medieval carvers. This wood relief comes from Bristol Cathedral.

Ivan Cutting, Artistic Director, Eastern Angles.

Previous Lectures 2021


Town Lecture – Public Art in Ipswich – Robin Gaylard 

IAA are pleased to share this video of the Lecture given (via Zoom) by Robin Gaylard
from The Ipswich Society. Recorded during the live lecture on April 8th this year.

Thursday 8th April
Lecture – Public Art in Ipswich – Robin Gaylard

In January The Ipswich Society published a 32-page guide to the most notable works of public art in Ipswich. We don’t go in for statues of the great and the good often seen in other towns and cities, perhaps because of a history of non-conformism and radicalism in the town. There is much to celebrate here and, it is to be hoped, there will be more to come in the future.

Robin Gaylard will present a lecture about Public Art in Ipswich, the subject of his recent publication. Robin will give his talk via Zoom.

Robin Gaylard

Public Art in Ipswich – Cover

Town Lectures and Concerts

The annual series of popular lectures presents Ipswich, its history and cultural
background through the eyes of Suffolk-based speakers. Once again, the series incorporates
performances from local musicians presenting different styles of music through the ages.

The following information regarding the venue is subject to confirmation and ongoing Covid legislation.
Lectures and Concerts (unless marked otherwise) take place on Thursdays at
Museum Street Methodist Church (entrance in Black Horse Lane), Ipswich.
Lectures and Concerts start at 1.00pm and end at 1.50pm.  Doors open 12.40pm.

ADMISSION IS FREE – Donations invited on admission.
Donations of at least £2.00 per head are valued to maintain the series.

The Town Lectures and Concerts series is an IAA initiative, co-ordinated by Vera Rogers
and Joy Bounds. For further details contact Vera Rogers on 01473 836972.


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