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Past Projects + Exhibitions

Colchester + Ipswich Museums have delivered countless projects and exhibitions over the years.

Highlights from some of those, along with links to further information, are provided below.

Projects + Exhibitions

Decolonisation + Democratisation

During November and December 2020, we hosted a series of live-streams over on our YouTube channel.
Heritage and arts organisations from across the country explored how they were engaging and sharing ownership with communities.

Adorn: Jewellery, the Human Story

Between July 2019 and February 2020, the Chapel at Colchester Castle was transformed for this incredible exhibition.
From Bronze Age torcs to modern bling, people have adorned themselves with jewellery for thousands of years. What hidden stories do these objects hold and why do we still choose to express ourselves in this way? 

The Training Museum

The Training Museum was an Arts Council England-funded project that ran between 2015-18.

Through traineeships, volunteer opportunities, schools activities, staff professional development and more, the service worked to open up the museum sector to new voices.

Transforming People To Transform Museums Conference

This event was a national conference exploring how heritage and arts organisations are reacting to new challenges through radical approaches in partnership working, workforce development and the use of museum and gallery spaces.


Conference Report

Colchester Castle Redevelopment

Colchester Castle reopened on 2 May 2014 after a substantial redevelopment programme. Many improvements and developments were made, creating a high-quality, exciting and fit-for-purpose visitor attraction.


Project Report


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 for families to discover across Ipswich Museums’ three venues.

Where will your adventure start?