Get Involved


At both Colchester and Ipswich there are very active ‘Friends’ organisations. They offer valuable support and advocacy for the service. They regularly provide funding to support museum activities, often associated with the purchase of items for the museum collections, but increasingly provide crucial help with development in other areas.

Over the next few years both of the ‘Friends’ organisations will continue to have an important and growing role in the future health and development of the new joint museum service.

For details on the Friends of Colchester Museums and how to join, please email

For details on the Friends of Ipswich Museums and how to join, please email


Colchester Archaeological Trust


Colchester Archaeological Trust, is a registered charity founded in 1965 to research and promote the archaeology of Colchester.

The Colchester Archaeological Trust has been working at sites across Colchester for over 50 years to excavate, document, and research our rich cultural heritage.

A large amount of the material excavated by the Trust comes in to the collection at Colchester Museums. Please click here to find out more about the Trust.

Colchester Recalled


Colchester Recalled is a voluntary group compiling an archive of recorded memories about Colchester and District over the past 100 years. They have completed more than 3,000 hours of recording, mostly interviews with over 1,000 local people, but also live recordings of local events as they happened (for example the Woolworths Fire of 1973). They have also produced several CDs made up of ‘sound bites’ taken from our interviews which are available to buy.

To find out more, visit Colchester Recalled’s website.


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We have been involved in several projects. Read descriptions of these projects and links to further information.


We run a variety of outreach projects, working with community groups and young people as well as offering reminiscence sessions for older people.

We offer a range of services to the public. From a free identification service to the portable antiquities scheme, we have skills to help you.

The Training Museum is an exciting workforce transformation programme for Colchester + Ipswich Museums, generously supported by Arts Council England.

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