Ipswich Town Football Club’s People’s History Project

Photographs, memorabilia and the memories of Ipswich Town FC supporters will take pride of place in a major exhibition at the second PhotoEast photography festival in May this year, to coincide with the Club’s 40th anniversary celebrations of their FA Cup win in 1978.

The ITFC People’s History project will explore the significance of the 1978 FA Cup win for supporters, then and now, and celebrate the important and continuing role of the football club in the heritage, social and cultural life of the town.

Suffolk-born, Ipswich Town supporter and renowned photographer, Julian Germain, will work closely with the ITFC Heritage Society, personal archives and ITFC fans to draw together a compelling body of work exploring football’s place in creating a sense of community, identity and belonging in Ipswich town.

The resulting exhibition will be held at Quay Place as part of the 2018 PhotoEast Festival (24 May – 24 June) and used for ongoing work with community groups, including Sporting Memories, which works with older people to tackle social isolation, as well as the Ipswich Dementia Action Alliance.

Ipswich Town supporters will be actively encouraged to contribute towards and participate in creating ‘The People’s History’. Match-day activity and a fan convention on Monday 9 April will give opportunities for fans to take part. Call Outs via Facebook and via websites such as Ipswich Town’s official site, www.itfc.co.uk, plus independent site www.twtd.co.uk will also get supporters and residents involved.

Commentating on the award, PhotoEast Director Jo Bexley said: “We are thrilled to receive this support from the Heritage Lottery Fund. Thanks to National Lottery players, the project will be enjoyed by many in Ipswich, uniting them through a unique and creative celebration of their shared experiences of Ipswich Town Football Club”.

Elizabeth Edwards from Ipswich Town Heritage Society said: “The FA Cup win in 1978 was one of the highlights of my life, and it is great now to be celebrating the 40th anniversary by involving Town fans in this great project. We will be making use of the outputs of the project for many years to come, in our work with elderly people, those living with dementia and other community groups.

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Ipswich Town Football Club’s People’s History Project

Roger Osbourne's house the day after he scored the winning goal for Ipswich in the 1978 FA Cup Final © Julian Germain