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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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Adorn: Object Loans [Click for Shiny]

Rory McDaid, Collections Information Officer (Colchester) Generally speaking, the vast majority of collections held by museums are in storage – far more densely packed away than what you see in the museums themselves. Various figures get thrown around, but it’s said...
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Adorn: Symbols

Ben Paites, Collections and Learning Curator What fascinates me most about jewellery is the hidden meaning behind the designs and styles people choose to wear. This can sometimes be simply down to personal preference, but while researching the objects that have ended...
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Mollusc-land

By Karen Banton, Assistant Collections and Learning Curator My second John Ellerman Foundation-funded project has been getting the Colchester mollusc collection in order. Five months. Four cupboards. Lots of molluscs. And a surprising number of corals. Both things I...
Jet and jet brooch

Adorn: Natural Wonders

By Sophie Stevens, Collections and Learning Curator: Adorn As a Natural Science specialist, when I heard that the whole team would be involved in curating Adorn, I made it my aim to get some specimens from the NS collections on display! As a team we think broadly...
Jobcentre Family Fun Day

Jobcentre Takeover!

For two very different organisations, Ipswich Museums and the Jobcentre Plus have discovered that we have a surprising amount in common. Most of all, we want to find ways to be useful to our local communities and support Ipswich’s wonderful and diverse people....
Shortlisting objects

Adorn: What Didn’t Make the Cut?

Glynn Davis, Lead Curator: Adorn Over two and half years in the planning, development and delivery, Adorn: Jewellery the Human Story is the first exhibition to open at Colchester Castle for quite some time. It features over 300 objects that all have a story to tell...
Cleaning with alcohol a gold ring

Adorn: Behind the Bling

At Colchester Museums preparations are in full swing for our upcoming exhibition Adorn: Jewellery, the Human Story. The exhibition will explore the hidden stories of personal adornment, from Bronze Age beginnings to modern makers, and feature Colchester artefacts,...
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No vote, no census!

  On the night of 2nd April 1911, approximately thirty women from Ipswich and the surrounding area gathered inside the Old Museum Rooms at no.13 Museum Street with plans to spend the night. Whilst there would be songs and games, this was no ordinary party. Instead,...
Artist and young woman painting a banner

“I’ve got the vote… and I’m going to use it!”

On February 16 we threw the doors of the Ipswich Art Gallery open and welcomed friends, families and visitors to explore the colourful, creative and challenging artwork created as a part of the Women 100 project.   Lisa Temple-Cox, artist-in-residence, and...

Fish rescue

Hello, my name is Cym and I'm the new Conservator at Colchester Museums. I'm starting this blog to share some conservation-related stories and interesting objects with you. One of the first things I did when starting this job was to audit all the objects in the...

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