Talk on history of refugees in Ipswich

Basque child refugees in 1937. Picture: IPSWICH ARTS ASSOCIATION

Basque child refugees in 1937. Picture: IPSWICH ARTS ASSOCIATION - Credit: Archant

A history of refugees in Ipswich is the theme of the next Ipswich Arts Association lunchtime talk, on Thursday in Museum Street Methodist Church, Black Horse Lane.

The plight of people fleeing from war zones is currently in the headlines, but speaker Martin Simmonds will look at how many other groups have faced similar problems in the past.

Over the centuries, Ipswich has become home to many different groups of refugees from around the world, from Huguenots in the late 17th century to Basque refugee children and more recent arrivals fleeing persecution and conflict in Iraq and Syria.

This talk will look at the mark which refugees have left on the town and the work of Suffolk Refugee Support.

The event is part of the 2018 series of Lunchtime Lectures and Concerts. Admission is free, with a voluntary retiring collection. Tea and coffee will be available from 12,30pm, with the 45-minute lecture starting at 1pm.

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