From Tuesday 6 November, Memorial Artwork

Front of School on Henley Road

Ipswich School’s Memorial Artwork was officially opened on Tuesday 6 November, which every pupil has contributed to. The artwork starts on the lawn at the front of the school and continues into the School Chapel. Akin to the ceramic poppies installed at the Tower of London in 2014, each piece of artwork commemorates a soldier who took part in the war.  You are welcome to view the artwork on the lawn at any time from the afternoon of Tuesday 6 November, and the complete installation will be open on Remembrance Sunday.

You can see photos from the day here.

You can read about the making of the doves and the stories behind them here.

You can see a video about the doves, made by a pupil here.




Prep School Doves Memorial

Ipswich Prep School created a beautiful memorial to The Great War, over six weeks. There are around 330 doves - one for each Prep pupil and one for each member of staff. Each dove shows the names of those close to them who died. The Prep doves are located at the memorial stones, situated between the car park and Lower prep building, which mark the boundary of the barracks which used to be located on the site at the start of the twentieth century. The doves swoop around the memorial stones and head off towards the town.

You can see photos from the day here.

You can read more about the making of the doves and the stories behind them here.

Wednesday 14 November Open Lecture - Ipswich School: our part in the Great War

Great School, Entrance on Ivry Street 4.45 - 6.00

As part of our Ipswich School Lectures series, our sixth formers delivered a lecture about Ipswich School in the Great War.  This contained details about the captain of the 1913/4 school football team and two other team members, a prefect's sword, a missing infantry Captain, the Headmaster and an alleged German spy.  All this was set against the wider context of the Great War in Suffolk's schools.  There was an exhibition about Ipswich School in the Great War and some WW1 artefacts were also on display, and Great-war themed refreshments were served.


Remembrance Sunday, 11 November Ipswich School in the Great War Exhibition 

Main reception on Henley Road  12noon - 2.00pm

Directly after the Remembrance Service in Christchurch Park the school opened its doors to the public who viewed an exhibition about Ipswich School in the Great War.  Featuring photographs from the school archives and other memorabilia, this exhibition provided personal and poignant stories about the pupils and teachers involved in the conflict. These included the 1913/14 school football team, the tragic story behind Ipswich Preparatory School photograph of 1907, the role played by the wartime Headmaster, a Suffolk warhorse and a suspected German spy on the teaching staff.  Over a thousand people came to view the complete Memorial Artwork and to hear some choral work and readings in the School Chapel.

World War I Virtual Exhibition

Back in 2014 we published a virtual exhibition featuring some of the artefacts, documents and photographs from the school archives to mark a hundred years since the start of the Great War.  With the anniversary of the armistice we are re-opening and extending this exhibition and will be adding more exhibits over the coming weeks.

Exhibits 1 - 4 are available here.

Exhibits 5 - 7 are available here.

Exhibits 8 - 14 are available here.

Exhibits 15 - 18 are available here.



For more information about all our Great War Commemoration events and the history behind them, please visit our online museum and archives  

Admission is free to all events.  There is no need to book.  Please use the car parks in town or park considerately in the roads around the school. 

The Memorial Doves project was supported by EJR Ceramics.