The objective of the Ipswich Heritage Program is to identify places of cultural heritage significance within Ipswich and to encourage their conservation for the present community and future generations, including both residents and visitors.
In June of 1990, the Ipswich City Council made a commitment to the most ambitious heritage action plan yet undertaken in Queensland, and indeed one of the most ambitious heritage programs undertaken anywhere in Australia. The goal of the Ipswich Heritage Program, as adopted by Council on 14 June 1990 is 'to identify places of cultural significance within the City of Ipswich and to encourage their conservation'.
In 2011, Ipswich City Council established a Local History Scholarship through The University of Queensland, St Lucia Campus. This Scholarship was made available to students undertaking Research Higher Degree studies (MPhil and PhD), Postgraduate Coursework and Honours at The University of Queensland.
The scholarship was awarded to assist students to produce a research project focusing on a specific element of the history of Ipswich that contributed to a new understanding of the history of the city.
The year 2010 marked 150 years of the Municipality of Ipswich. In 1910 the Council celebrated the jubilee of the Municipality with the production of a book entitled 'Jubilee History of Ipswich: a record of Municipal, Industrial and Social Progress'.
At its meeting of 29 November 2001 the Ipswich Heritage Consultative Committee suggested that as a means of commemorating this highly significant anniversary, that Ipswich City Council consider the production of a series of academically researched reports covering various topics or time periods of the history of Ipswich.
The completed Scholarship Reports were launched at The University of Queensland Ipswich Campus on 9 December 2010.
Report 1: A Retailing History of the Ipswich Central Business District (CBD) from the mid-1970s to 2003 by Andrew Blythe.
Report 2: Depictions of Women in the History of Ipswich by Sarah Davey.
Report 3: Ipswich - the Country Music Capital of Queensland by Rosemary Adsett.
Report 4: Aphrodite and the Mixed Grill: Gender and Ethnic Relations in Ipswich's Greek Cafes from 1900 to 2005 by Toni Risson.
Report 5: A Tributary but a Highway: The significance of the Bremer River during the Settlement and Development of Ipswich 1823-1900 by Erin Coster.
Report 6: Sketches of the Dining Hall: 'Working Lives' of the North Ipswich Railway Workshops by Annette Sharp.
It is recognised that buildings must be functional to satisfy the requirements of current owners and uses. It is not the intent of the Ipswich City Council to dictate how people in historic buildings should live, or to intrude unnecessarily upon people's privacy. However, any alterations that are intended should be carried out sympathetically so that the heritage value of the existing building and the character of its immediate streetscape and neighbourhood are conserved and enhanced..