Galvanized - A festival of heritage

Be transported back in time!

We're delighted to present a number of events and heritage experiences during Ipswich Festival's city-wide Galvanized event, running 27 August to 5 September.

  • Museum Torchlight Tours

Torchlight Tours

Friday 27 & Friday 3 September, 6pm, 7pm and 8pm

See the museum like never before on an evening Torchlight Tour.

Explore the museum's stories and histories in a unique experience that uncovers the tales told by past workers and explore the darker side of our rail history.

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Prohibition Party

Saturday 4 September, 6pm - 9pm 

Shh, we're throwing a Prohibition Party, just don't tell anyone about it. Easy directions? Not likely. Front door? Highly doubt it.

Take a look to find out more. It's the party of the season and you surely don't want to miss celebrating the Roaring Twenties!

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Steampunk Jewellery Hands On Workshops

Saturday 28 - Sunday 29 August

Re-imagine the Victorian period and create a futuristic piece of wearable art using reclaimed materials under the expert instruction of sensational, seasoned artisan Anita Baillis.

Saturday 28 August workshop - Find out more

Sunday 29 August workshop - Find out more


Blacksmithing Hands On Workshops

Saturday 4 - Sunday 5 September

Do you get a buzz out of heritage Blacksmithing? Join heritage trade Blacksmiths Rob Scully and Wayne Schmidt for a lesson in the medieval blacksmithing tent. There's half day sessions on Saturday 4 September and a full day workshop on Sunday 5 September - now that's the ultimate Father's Day gift!

Saturday 4 September 9am - 12noon workshop - Find out more

Saturday 4 September 1pm - 4pm workshop - Find out more

Sunday 5 September 9am - 4pm workshop - Find out more

Ipswich in Miniature

Saturday 14 August - Sunday 17 October 9.30am - 4pm daily

Come and see some of Ipswich’s iconic heritage buildings in miniature, hand built by the team at Ipswich Mini Crafters.

The exhibition is accompanied by historical photographs from the Picture Ipswich Collection. 

This is your chance to see the true beauty of Ipswich’s built heritage in miniature.

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Foreigners on the Slide Show

Saturday 28 - Sunday 29 August, Saturday 4 September - Sunday 5 September 9.30am - 4pm daily

Just because it could be made here, doesn't mean that it should have. We're showcasing a slide show of images that capture some of the "foreigners" built at the Ipswich Railway Workshops over the years. You'll see craftsmanship, ingenuity, irreverence and the sometimes illicit creations of past workers. Thieves, rogues, artisans, craft masters - you be the judge! 

There are all types of objects from money boxes to deep sea fishing reels. Are these foreigners examples of fine craftsmanship or just outright stealing? Either way, let's marvel at what these rascals managed to master and get away with in the years gone by.


These events are produced by The Workshops Rail Museum as part of Ipswich Festival's Galvanized event.

Event Details

27 August 2021 - 05 September 2021
Varies, based on the event you choose to attend!

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