Due to the success of the Fore Street Exhibition at UCS in 2015 The Ipswich Society is staging a smaller version of the Exhibition at the Ipswich Tourist Information Centre in St. Stephen’s Church for three weeks in March.
Leading up to the Queen’s visit to Ipswich in 1961 to open the new Ipswich Civic College an improvement scheme was inspired by The Ipswich Society, itself barely a year old, with a meeting of the occupiers of Fore Street. The idea was taken up with considerable enthusiasm and a committee was elected to carry it into effect.
We revisit 1961 Ipswich in this exhibition and look back to the historical importance of Fore Street when it was a major shopping area. Given its close links to the maritime activities on the dock, it is unsurprising that Fore Street boasted many public houses and alehouses as well as pawn shops and other less salubrious premises.
The Exhibition will be showing contemporary photographs and architect drawings with a short film made in Fore Street in 1961 of the project, with memorabilia relating to the work carried out on the buildings and paving (and decorations) in one of the town’s most historic streets.
The Fore Street Facelift 1961 Exhibition by The Ipswich Society will be held at the Ipswich Tourist Information Centre from Monday 14th March until Friday 1st April.
This exhibition is free and open to all. A preview of the exhibition can be found at www.forestreetipswich1961.co.uk