Events organised for Friends, their guests and if space permits anyone else.

  • Wed
    18:30 for 19:00Christchurch Mansion, Soane Street, Ipswich. IP4 2BE

    A talk by Professor Phillip Lindley, University of Leicester

    Phillip Lindley will talk on the story behind the Wolsey Angels, on exhibition at Christchurch Mansion from 14th October as part of the exhibition "Thomas Wolsey, Ipswich's Greatest Son". Commissioned by Wolsey as a set to stand at the four corners of his marble tomb, the four bronze angels were part of the grand design for his memorial. Professor Lindley will tell the whole story of the tomb, how King Henry VIII and Queen Elizabeth I planned to appropriate parts of it but in the end it was used as Nelson's last resting place under St Paul's Cathedral. Where the bronze angels had gone since the 16th century however remained unclear until two appeared at auction in 1994 and were eventually recognised for what they were, while in 2008 the other two were found at Harrowden Hall in Northamptonshire, then home to Wellingborough Golf Club.

    Phillip Lindley is Professor of Art History at the University of Leicester. An art historian with studies ranging between the Renaissance and contemporary art, between 1998 and 2003 he was Head of the Department of History of Art and Film and in 2004 he founded the Centre for the Study of the Country House there. Widely published he has led projects investigating the Howard tombs now at St Michael's Framlingham, and the Roubiliac tombs at Warkton, Northamptonshire.

    Doors open 6:30pm for the talk starting at 7pm and refreshments will be provided before the talk. Cost £6 for members, £8 for non-members.

    Friends should see the newsletter for further details, or if this is mislaid or not to hand please send an email via our contact form. Non-Members are also welcome so please use our contact form if you'd like to find out more.

  • Wed
    6:30 for 7:00 PMChristchurch Mansion, Soane Street, Ipswich. IP4 2BE

    A festive evening on a Tudor theme, to coincide with the exhibition celebrating cardinal Thomas Wolsey, Ipswich's 'most famous son'. Friends and all will be welcome. Please 'save the date', but full details are yet to be confirmed.