Youngsters get a taste of the past

IPSWICH Transport Museum gave young visitors an exclusive opportunity to explore the array of classic vehicles on display.

IPSWICH Transport Museum gave young visitors an exclusive opportunity to explore the array of classic vehicles on display.

Council funding meant the museum could open solely to young children and their parents on three occasions during September.

Under-fives at the Treehouse Children's Centre, in Clapgate Lane, attended the museum as part of the Out and About workshop sessions.

The children enjoyed exploring vintage buses, trams, fire engines and bicycles with informative child focused presentations and general fun and games relating to the many methods of transportation on display.

Tony King, Chairman of the Ipswich Transport Museum, said: “We thought the project was a great opportunity to work with a local community group and introduce some young children to our collections.”

The final visit was particularly special as the children were chauffeured to the Cobham Road museum on a single decker vintage, from the Treehouse Children's Centre, in Clapgate Lane.

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The scheme aimed to encourage children to explore one of the many wonderful museums in Suffolk and was funded by Suffolk County Council and Renaissance in the Regions.

Adrian Deith, Dad Worker at the Treehouse, said: “What an excellent opportunity to get up close to such a vast array of vintage vehicles, the likes of which many of the children have never seen nor are likely to see anywhere else in Suffolk. They have rung the bells, pressed the buzzers, bought the tickets from Mr Conductor and been encouraged to expand their imagination along the way.”

For more information about the Transport Museum, phone 01473 715 666.