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Unboxing Boxstones

Unboxing Boxstones

← Previous blog Karen Banton, Assistant Collections and Learning Curator Ipswich Museum is home to some fossils that are unique to Suffolk and North-East Essex: the Suffolk Boxstones. Thanks to the John Ellerman Foundation, I got to spend five months learning...
Celebrating VE Day

Celebrating VE Day

← Previous blog Liz Tregenza, Collections and Learning Curator The 8th May 2020 marks 75 years since ‘Victory in Europe’ or VE Day. This important anniversary commemorates the end of World War Two in Europe and the Allied nations formal acceptance of Nazi...
Case studies

Case studies

← Previous blog Karen Banton, Assistant Collections and Learning Curator The first project I worked on, as part of a John Ellerman Foundation grant, involved researching and collating the documentation of the Ogilvie bird collection and updating its digital...
Favourite object: whale skull

Favourite object: whale skull

← Previous blog Elaine West, Museum Assistant for Ipswich Museums On 5th November 1816 a whale was found by Jobson and Baker near Harwich and then towed up the Orwell to Downham Reach. The pencil sketch The Whale at Downham Reach, River Orwell by George Frost...
Apotropaic Magic

Apotropaic Magic

← Previous blog Audrey Woodhouse, Social History Volunteer at Ipswich Museums It’s the seventeenth century and superstition is rife. The Witchfinder General Matthew Hopkins is causing an enormous stir in East Anglia, creating an intense paranoia amongst the...
Conserving iron

Conserving iron

← Previous blog Cym Storey, Conservator, Colchester Museums While in one of the museum store rooms recently I came across a set of four painted cast iron stove panels (COLEM:1926.5196) in need of conservation. The panels were very dirty and corroded, and losses...

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