History of the Museum
The Ipswich Transport Museum was founded in 1965 as the Ipswich Transport
Preservation Group, and since that time a collection of over 85 vehicles
has been built up to give a fleet of exhibits second to none in the country.
We have one of the widest ranges of commercial vehicle types in any Museum
collection and this is even more remarkable when you consider that all our
exhibits were used in or around the Ipswich area, with a significant
proportion of them actually being built in the Town.
Until 1988 this fine collection was housed in a wide number of different
storage places around Ipswich, ranging from sheds to barns and some in open
storage areas. The frequent moves from one place to another, coupled with
the problems of vandalism and weather damage has made their survival even
In 1988 the Museum was granted a licence to occupy two thirds of the former
Priory Heath Trolleybus Depot, and this enabled the many exhibits to be
gathered together under one roof for the first time in their lives.
Since 1988, volunteers have transformed the redundant building into a valuable
leisure and educational resource. A 175,000 pound scheme renewed the roof
and three sides of the building, incorporating new doors. This has provided a
weatherproof, insulated shell to protect the exhibits inside. Many of the
exhibits on display have been carefully restored, whilst others await attention.
Many are rare and are recognised as being of national as well as local importance.