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A History of Refugees in Suffolk

Martin Simmonds

Tuesday, 19 June 2018,
18:00 to 20:00
Location: 
Waterfront Building, Ipswich

Registration starts at 17:30

We are delighted to welcome back Syrian Falafel who are catering for our event.  The reception is taking place at 18:00, with Martin's lecture starting at 18:45.


A History of Refugees
Over the centuries, Suffolk has become home to many different groups of refugees from around the world, from the Huguenots of the late 17th century to Basque children and Jewish refugees to more recent arrivals fleeing persecution and conflict in countries such as Iraq, Afghanistan and Syria. This talk aims to reveal the fascinating history of refugees in Ipswich, the mark they have left on the town, and the work of Suffolk Refugee Support in helping our refugee communities.

Martin Simmonds
Martin is Communications Officer at Suffolk Refugee Support. With a degree in history from the University of Sheffield, he has worked with refugees in Ipswich in a variety of roles for the past 17 years. He has written a booklet of local refugee stories that will be available for free on the evening. He also works as a freelance journalist and proofreader.