Museum From Home

Looking for ideas or things to do? Our team have devised a variety of activities to help educate and entertain. Inspired by the collections across Colchester and Ipswich, from art to nature, archaeology to social history, we hope to bring the museum to you!

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Romans Activity Sheet

We’ve partnered up with the Children’s University! To celebrate we have an assortment of fun-filled activities for you to try, from making a mosaic to deciphering Caesar’s cypher!

Make a Roman Shield

All new recruits to the Roman army need to look the part!

With some cardboard, a takeaway container and a few craft materials, we’ll show you how to make your own Roman shield.

Make a Roman Helmet

So you want to join the Roman army do you? Well you’ll need some equipment then!

This guide will show you how to make a Roman Soldier helmet using just cardboard and in a few simple stages.

Make a Roman Sword

We’ve already revealed how to make a Roman shield and helmet, now it’s time for a sword.

You’ll need this for the drill practice coming soon… Enemies beware!


A cartoon of Colchester Castle. In front is a smiling Iron Age man and a pestle and mortar

Iron Age Activity Sheet

We’ve partnered up with the Children’s University again and this time we’re taking you back to the Iron-Age! Try your hand at weaving, preparing dye or perhaps designing a torc…

A painting of inside Ipswich Museum, showing the taxidermy giraffe and gorillas inside glass cases, Rosie the rhino and our woolly mammoth

Doorway into the Museum

Follow our simple guide to create an entrance leading into your very own museum. What will you put inside? A dancing Woolly Mammoth perhaps…

Make a dancing Woolly Mammoth

Follow Assistant Collections and Learning Curator, Sam, as he shows you how to make a dancing Wool-I-Am, inspired by everyone’s favourite Ipswich Museum resident!

A map of Ipswich with several stared pins dotted around

Interactive Map

Ever wondered about the history of a particular part of Ipswich? Or what sorts of things have been collected to show the town’s evolution?

Explore our interactive map to reveal where objects was discovered, made or have links to.

Beagnoth Bites

Stuck for something to do this weekend? Why not try making some tasty Dark Age flapjacks with Beagnoth, Ipswich Museum’s resident Anglo-Saxon?

Edible Dinosaur poo

Ever wondered what Dinosaur poo tastes like…well this one is delicious!

Keep the kids busy with this simple (and maybe a little messy) foody craft. 

Animal A to Z

B is for… bear!

Can you think of an animal for each letter of the alphabet? Test yourself and get drawing!

Cannonball Truffles

Lay siege to your tastebuds with these rather delicious cannonball truffles. You can make them as they are, or get creative and add your favourite flavourings!

Ipswich Museum painted onto cardboard. The building is brown with white window frames and a black front door

Make Ipswich Museum

Follow our guide and create your own mini Museum! Who will you have coming to visit?

Hand Animals

Try our cheeky cheat that will help you create a variety of animals, simply by drawing around your hands!

What other shapes/ creatures can you make?

Make Your Own Rainbow Peacock

Decorate our peacocks plumage however you like and show your support for the NHS!

DIY Zeotrope

Create your own animation 19th century style, with this simple guide to building a zeotrope!

Medieval Quiz

How much do you know about medieval people? For example, could animals get into trouble or what did the children drink?

Take our short quiz and see what you can find out!

Design a Dolls House

Be inspired by the Dolls Houses at Christchurch Mansion or Hollytrees Museum, and create your own!

Can you spot the cat napping in our one?

Recreate an Artwork

Visitor Services Assistant, Lottie took up the #GettyMuseumChallenge and staged a scene from the Hawstead Panels in Christchurch Mansion. Could you recreate an artwork using objects from around the house?


Cheat's Stained Glass

Join our #StainedGlassSunday campaign by creating your own from materials you might have lying around at home.

Why not feature your favourite Colchester landmark, historical figure or even an event!

Keeping People Safe

Our World War II activities focus on the lives of family members living on the ‘Home Front’ while Dad went off to war.

Can you help Grandad build a shelter to protect everyone?

Going Out To Work

Our World War II activities focus on the lives of family members living on the ‘Home Front’ while Dad went off to war.

Try communicating using Morse Code, like many young women learnt to do.

Life as an Evacuee

Our World War II activities focus on the lives of family members living on the ‘Home Front’ while Dad went off to war.

What do you think life would have been like for the children who were evacuated?

Feeding the Family

Our World War II activities focus on the lives of family members living on the ‘Home Front’ while Dad went off to war.

Mothers had to be creative with limited food supplies. What would you make with our list of rations?


Colchester Museums

With a unique mix of fascinating displays, the latest technology and hands-on activities, there is lots for your family to explore and discover across Colchester Museums’ three sites.

Ipswich Museums

Covering thousands of years of both human and natural history, there is so much to for families to discover across Ipswich Museums’ three venues.

Where will your adventure start?