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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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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

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...
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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,...
Womens Suffrage badge

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...
Kiss and Tell

Conserving the Tondo

by Robert Entwistle, PACR, and Carrie Willis, Conservation Technician Background The marble relief Tondo by Michelangelo belongs to the Royal Academy of Arts in London. It is the only original Michelangelo in Britain. Here at Ipswich Museums we have a cast of this...

Reflections

In this blog Tracy Satchwill, artist for Ipswich Museums’ ‘Ipswich and the Armistice’ project reflects on her experiences and what she’s learnt. Since mid June I have been working with Ipswich Museum on a project to commemorate the centenary of The Great...
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Talking and Making

In her second blog Tracy Satchwill, artist for Ipswich Museums’ ‘Ipswich and the Armistice’ project reflects on meeting students and care home residents. Since mid-June I had been working with Ipswich Museum on a project to commemorate the centenary of The...
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The Great War Project

In this blog Tracy Satchwill, artist for Ipswich Museums' 'Ipswich and the Armistice' project reflects on setting up the project.     The project included a call out for hidden stories around Armistice Day and interviewing...

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