Colchester + Ipswich Museums is generously supported by a variety of funders, from specific project grants to ongoing, core funding. 

We also work closely with a range of partners, such as cultural organisations, universities and community groups. These projects enable us to deliver our programme of activities and better interpret our collections and local heritage.


Arts Council England

Colchester + Ipswich Museums receives core funding from Arts Council England, as one of it’s National Portfolio Organisations. Their support enables us to engage and inspire even wider audiences.

National Lottery Heritage Fund

The National Lottery Heritage Fund supports the current development phase of the Ipswich Museum Re-development, a project that aims to make a lasting difference for heritage, communities and people in Ipswich.

John Ellerman Foundation

The John Ellerman Foundation are supporting ‘Evolving Our Natural Sciences’, a 3 year project that will research and showcase some of the diverse natural science collections across both Colchester and Ipswich.

The Paul Mellon Centre

Supported by the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, Ipswich Museums are working on ‘The Constable Connection: Mapping the Artists Early Suffolk Foundation’. 
The project, which runs until May 2021, will result in an exhibition to mark the 200th anniversary of the artist George Frost’s death and the creation of John Constable’s The Hay Wain.

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