We organise talks, trips and parties for friends and their guests.

See events below, and please see other pages for other activities.

  • 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 show from 14th October at Christchurch Mansion as part of the exhibition "Thomas Wolsey, Ipswich's Greatest Son". The four bronze angels were commissioned by Wolsey to stand at the four corners of his tomb as part of his grand design for his memorial. Professor Lindley will tell the story of the tomb, how King Henry VIII and Queen Elizabeth I planned to appropriate parts of it but how in the end, under St Paul's Cathedral, it was finally used for Nelson in 1806. Where the bronze angels had gone since the 16th century however remained unclear until two appeared at auction in 1994, and in 2008 the other two were found at Harrowden Hall in Northamptonshire, then home to Wellingborough Golf Club.

    Dr. Lindley is Professor of Art History at the University of Leicester. An art historian with interests ranging from the Renaissance to contemporary art, between 1998 and 2003 he was Head of the Department of History of Art and Film at Leicester and in 2004 he founded the Centre for the Study of the Country House. Dr. Lindley's work on other church monuments has included leading a project on the tombs of the Dukes of Norfolk in St Michael's Church Framlingham, exploring the the history that they were originally intended for Thetford Priory. In turn this led to work on the tombs by Roubiliac and other sculptors at Warkton church Northamptonshire. 3-D scanning and printing was used at Framlingham to deconstruct the tombs virtually to understand them better, and an exhibition 'Thetford’s Lost Tudor Sculptures' was held at the Ancient House Museum Thetford between 2013 and 2014.

    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.