‘Wheel by Lamplight’ event illuminates Ipswich transport history

It was a great evening on Saturday at Ipswich Transport Museum, when it held its annual ‘Wheels by Lamplight’ event. The event turns the museum into a magical nostalgic oil lamp lit space, packed full of the towns transport history. There are trolley buses parked alongside old fire engines, Cooperative Milk floats, Ransomes ploughs and lawn mowers to name just a few.

Around 200 paraffin oil lamps were on display, with Victorian and Edwardian as well as some very unusual wartime aircraft lamps all helping to light the main hall.

County Councillor Sandra Gage joined Ipswich Borough Council Mayor Sarah Barber on a walk round, speaking to volunteers and lamp exhibitors.

Cllr Gage said; “I always try to make this evening in the Ipswich Transport Museums calendar, to enjoy the atmosphere of a truly unique experience. It was particularly lovely to point out to our Mayor the recently installed Ransomes and Rapier exhibit, which Ipswich Labour County Councillors have supported.

“There are still six more Sundays left this year to pop along to Cobham Road to visit the museum before it closes for the winter.”

Events listed in the ITM calendar at:





Labour Councillor on Suffolk County Council have given over £2,000 to support the Ipswich Transport Museum from their locality funds.


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