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Almost everyday is different at Colchester + Ipswich Museums.  To help showcase the variety of skills we need, our staff are revealing what they get up to…

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A composite image made up of two colour photographs. On the left are lots of different colour threads. On the right is a strip of car with a series of colour threads knotted through holes, with reference numbers against each colour

Hollytrees Cushion Project Update

By Megan Fowler, Visitor Information  Assistant Earlier this year, we announced that Colchester Museums and the Visitor Information Centre were joining forces to create some very special new window seat cushions for Hollytrees Museum. The existing cushions within the...
Photo of a pinned Helophilus pendulus, a species of hovefly known as ‘the footballer’ or the ‘sun fly’. It collection information is visible, showing is was collected in Colchester on the 19th October 1998 while visiting Ivy flowers.

Hovering Around Colchester

By Karen Baton, Assistant Collections and Learning Curator  * Click on the photos below to visit our Collections Online database and discover more. *  Why Look At Hoverflies?Insect collections provide a record of past biodiversity and can help scientists find out...
A painted portrait of a man wearing a dark jacket.

Scraps of Nature

Self portrait c.1800, oil on canvas IPSMG:R.1906.23    By Emma Roodhouse, Collections and Learning Curator  * Click on the photos below to visit our Collections Online database and discover more. * ​ ‘The subjects which he selected were such as did credit to his...
A colour photograph of two creamy-yellow European painted top shells. The shells are cone shaped with a wide base. One is right side up with its tip pointing towards the camera, the other is laying on its side with the underside and mouth of the shell visible.

Washed Ashore

By Karen Baton, Assistant Collections and Learning Curator  * Click on the photos below to visit our Collections Online database and discover more. *   As restrictions loosen, we’re all starting to think about what we might be doing or where we might be going...
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Decoding the Roman Dead: A Bit Of Background

By Glynn Davis, Senior Collections and Learning Curator and Lead Curator for the ‘Decoding the Roman Dead’ exhibition * Click on the photos below to visit our Collections Online database and discover more. *   Decoding the Roman Dead is an exhibition that...
A group of five ceramic jars of different sizes and shapes. They are all pale or white and decorated with intricate blue designs and Latin words in capital letters

Historical Cures: Colchester’s Apothecary Jars

By Liz Tregenza, Collections and Learning Curator * Click on the photos below to visit our Collections Online database and discover more about that object. *   Today we are used to our medicines, pills and ointments coming in packets, or glass or plastic bottles....
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Black History Month

All objects have a story to tell. Some stories are well known and easy to hear, but others are forgotten about, ignored or difficult to share. Behind the labels for the objects in museums are untold stories, which we are seeking to reveal. We recognise that our...
A watercolour painting showing a large, red brick building in the middle distance on the left hand side of the frame. To the right hand side is a lake, with two swans. In the immediate foreground are leafy green trees on either side and in the centre are three cows. Sheep are sat by the trees to the left. Three churches and the rooves of other buildings are visible behind a line of trees.

Landscape Research Group

By Emma Roodhouse, Collections and Learning Curator ​ What do maps, well-being and the climate crisis have to do with landscape art? These are just the sorts of questions that the Landscape Research Group seeks to explore. This research group is dedicated to British...
A landscape painting showing a large area of soft blues and grey in the foreground, possibly an expanse of water. In the distance is a mountain. The lower part is in greys and greens, but the upper part is pinkish and a line of white smoke is coming away from the peak. The sky is a light blue grey.

Mackmurdo and the Century Guild

By Liz Tregenza, Collections and Learning Curator * Click on the photos below to visit our Collections Online database and discover more about that object. *   Colchester + Ipswich Museums hold a rich collection of material associated with, and donated by, the...
A colour photograph of a large diorama behind glass. The scene depicts a sheer cliff face with flying and perched birds

Scotland’s Alcatraz

By Elaine West, Visitor Services Assistant Bass Rock is a small island of volcanic rock located off the Scottish Coast, which rises over 100 metres above sea level. The island has been used as a religious retreat, a fortress, a prison, a place to fish, to collect...

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