It is a particular pleasure to see heritage taking centre stage in Ipswich in the coming month. It is supported by the town’s business improvement district (BID), All About Ipswich, and a passionate supporter of the town’s heritage (and a great media ally), Terry Hunt, editor of the East Anglian Daily Times, as well as a collaboration of the town’s borough council, UCS and the Museums Service. It is a great extension of the national Heritage Open Days, and the work undertaken locally by the Ipswich Society, which we are corporate members of. UCS has its own lectures slot in the fortnight, with talks by Professor David Gill and Dr Geraint Coles, which we’ll blog about separately. What is particularly important is the role of the BID in this – as the protection and celebration of the historic environment is seen as a business issue for the town, beyond simple tourism promotion.
A very smart brochure has been produced, available online – showcasing the places and activities around the town which is showing exciting developments across its heritage management arena. We like to think that UCS is playing a key role, and with a small dedicated team has achieved a huge amount in developing and embedding heritage as a subject at the University over the past couple of years.