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Ipswich Institute, Reading Room and Library

Monday 18th October I was delighted to give a talk about Mary Alice Berners to members of Ipswich Insitute in the Birbeck Room as part of their Autumn programme. There was "plenty of great feedback" and the talk was "well received."


What follows is information gleaned from their website. Ipswich Institute is a remarkable educational charity. It was founded in 1824 by Dr. George Birkbeck as a "Mechanics’ Institution" and was dedicated to making knowledge available to the ‘artisans’ of Ipswich and encouraging their general and vocational education. The Institute is the proud owner of two historic buildings in the heart of Ipswich. The impressive vaulted building behind the shops in Tavern Street was bought for £1,000 in 1834 and still houses the well-stocked lending library. The elegant listed building known as The Admiral’s House, close-by in Tower Street, was once occupied by Admiral Benjamin Page and visited by the Duke of Wellington. Bought by the Institute in 2001 it now houses an art centre, study rooms, and a comfortable coffee lounge.


Members come with a great variety of backgrounds and interests and all find something worth joining for – whether it be the library itself, the numerous leisure learning courses on offer, the educational lectures and trips, or the café facilities. Through a link with the Association of Independent Libraries members are able to visit similar establishments across the United Kingdom. The Institute also gives financial support to a variety of local educational projects.


Find out more here: https://ipswichinstitute.org.uk


I will be giving a talk here on Monday 14th March 2022, 1.30 - 3.30: "Mary Alice Berners - an exploration of what we learn from the few surviving letters we have and the insights they

provide into her remarkable life and character as well as the lives of her family. "


On Monday 18th October, I was delighted to give a talk about Mary Alice Berners to members of Ipswich Insitute in the Birbeck Room as part of their Autumn programme. There was "plenty of great feedback" and the talk was "well received." d." ." "

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