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

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

  • Wed
    24
    Feb
    2016
    12:00 PMSeckford Golf Club, Seckford Hall Road, IP13 6NT
    Talk by Carrie Willis, Duty Officer, Colchester and Ipswich Museums Service.This talk is part of the Friends' series of lunchtime talks so the talk will also be preceded by a 2-course set lunch beginning at 12pm midday.

    The lunch will be held at Seckford Golf Club which is adjacent to the Seckford Hall Hotel, off the A12 near Woodbridge. Entrance to the Golf Club is on Seckford Hall Road, accessed by a separate entrance to the entrances to the Hotel. See the Google map for location. and for 'satnav', you can use the postcode as above.

    To book tickets please use the application form in the Friends' newsletter.
    Cost: £16 including lunch, £18 for guests.

    Non-Members please use our contact form to enquire about ticket availability

  • Mon
    14
    Mar
    2016
    7:00 PMChristchurch Mansion, Soane Street, Ipswich. IP4 2BE

    By Sarah Medlam, Emeritus Curator, Furniture, Textiles and Fashion Department, Victoria & Albert Museum.

    Sarah has curated the new European Galleries at The Victoria and Albert Museum and has been impressed by the furniture collections at Ipswich. Her talk will discuss the collections in London and will also refer to items in Ipswich.

    Doors open 6:30pm for a 7:00pm start. To book tickets please use the application form in the Friends' newsletter. Please note the correct ticket prices are £10 for Friends and £12 for guests (newsletter, page 15-16).

    Parking is available locally e.g. on Soane Street (one way traffic), or if the Bolton Lane gateway to Christchurch Park is open it may be possible to use the small Christchurch Park car park inside.

    Non-Members please use our contact form to enquire about tickets.

  • Tue
    12
    Apr
    2016
    7:30 PMChristchurch Mansion, Soane Street, Ipswich. IP4 2BE

    Our AGM including review of the past year's activities, reports by Committee officers, and election of officers for year ahead. Details, minutes of last year's meeting, Treasurer's report and any other papers will be circulated either prior to meeting or made available on the night. Doors open 7:00pm for 7:30pm start.

    After business, Jayne Austin Ipswich Museums Manager will talk on the work of Nina Layard, poet, antiquarian and archaeologist who supervised the palaeolithic excavations at Foxhall Road 1903-1905, the Anglo-Saxon discoveries in the Hadleigh Road area in 1905-1908, and excavations at other sites beyond Ipswich. Nina Layard's Ipswich discoveries were deposited at the Ipswich Museum.*

    Parking is available locally e.g. on Soane Street (one way traffic), or if the Bolton Lane gateway to Christchurch Park is open it may be possible to use the small Christchurch Park car park inside.

    *Website editor's note. Nina Layard's family connections were extensive. In understanding her interest in history, archaeology and the study of discoveries it may be useful to note her connection through her father as younger cousin to Sir Austen Henry Layard, who in the previous generation was celebrated for excavating the Assyrian sites of Nineveh and Nimrud. He'd sent back many of the treasures to the British Museum and had published travel books and accounts of his excavations. Recently this work has become topical again as sites and objects excavated by Sir Austen and others are now at risk of damage and destruction by the organisation known as IS (Islamic State), currently being explored in the BBC Radio 4 series "Museum of Lost Objects".

  • Fri
    13
    May
    2016
    6:30 PMIpswich Museum, High Street, Ipswich. IP1 3QH

    Giles Waterfield will describe the rise of Museums and Art Galleries in the 19th Century in conversation with Ben Gummer. Join Friends in the setting of Ipswich's own 19th Century and Victorian galleries, with refreshments and wine. £10 members, £12 guests.

    Director of Dulwich Picture Gallery for more than 15 years, Giles Waterfield has since worked independently researching, curating exhibitions, publishing and teaching. As well as being a successful novelist his work has focussed particularly on the history of arts, architecture, collecting and museums. Currently Director of Royal Collection Studies for the Attingham Trust and an Associate Lecturer at the Courtauld Institute, Mr. Waterfield has long researched the development of regional Museums in the United Kingdom. Over the 19th Century many regional and provincial museums were founded- including Ipswich- principally for the enrichment of the lives and education of local people. The situation in the early 20th Century had changed remarkably from the starting point of 1800 when only one public museum existed- the British Museum.

    Non-Members please use our contact form to enquire about tickets.

  • Thu
    09
    Jun
    2016
    7:00 PMChristchurch Mansion, Soane Street, Ipswich. IP4 2BE

    Private view for Friends of the new display of works by Leonard Squirrell, with an introductory talk by Emma Roodhouse, Curator. In the Wolsey Art Gallery.

    Booking required via Mansion tel (01473) 433554. Doors open 6.30 for 7 pm start.

    Parking is available locally e.g. on Soane Street (one way traffic), or if the Bolton Lane gateway to Christchurch Park is open it may be possible to use the small Christchurch Park car park inside.

  • Wed
    17
    Aug
    2016
    09:00 onwardsSainsbury Centre, Norwich

    Coach trip to see this landmark exhibition at the Sainsbury Centre, Norwich.   Over 100 works are featured in the exhibition in a variety of media including sculpture, painting, works on paper, photography, film and important archival material.  A significant component of the exhibition is dedicated to Giacometti’s impact in Britain and features works by artists including Francis Bacon, Lucian Freud, Henry Moore, William Turnbull, Eduardo Paolozzi, Frank Auerbach, Elisabeth Frink and Isabel Rawsthorne.

    Timetable:
    Coach Pick Up: 09:00 Woodbridge (Deben Pool) and 09:30 Ipswich (Crown St. lay-by).
    Arrive Sainsbury Centre approx 10:30, 300 yd walk to entrance. Enter Exhibition by timed ticket at 11:30, and then time for lunch and to view the Sainsbury collection until approximately 15:15pm. We've got tables reserved for lunch from 12.00 - 14.00 but lunch isn't included, and people are free to bring their own or buy whatever they want.
    15:30 coach departs; 16:30 arrives Ipswich / 17:00 Woodbridge approx.

    Tickets £25.50 including coach travel and entry to the exhibition. To book places please send your cheque to Jean Attenborrow (3 Holly Road, Ipswich IP1 3QN; 01473 213025) together with your name, address, telephone number and the number of people attending. Cheques should be made payable to 'FoIM'. Please enclose a stamped self-addressed envelope for your tickets and if you wish to have email confirmation of your booking include your email address.

    Non-Members not yet being invited as guests of Friends please use our contact form to enquire about tickets.

  • Wed
    14
    Sep
    2016
    2:00 PMHolywells Park, Ipswich- Orangery (conservatory adjacent to Stable block)

    We'll meet in the Orangery at Holywells park at 2pm where Adrian Howlett will give a talk on the history of the park and their recent, successful fundraising project. Tea will be provided by the Friends and afterwards guests can walk through the park.
    Adrian is not charging for his talk but he has asked that if any members wish, they can make a donation to the Ipswich & District Animal Welfare Centre.

    There is limited parking for the disabled at the Cliff Lane entrance (for satnav use IP3 OPG)

    Tickets: £7. To book places please send your cheque to Jean Attenborrow (3 Holly Road, Ipswich IP1 3QN; 01473 213025) together with your name, address, telephone number and the number of people attending. Cheques should be made payable to 'FoIM'. Please enclose a stamped self-addressed envelope for your tickets and if you wish to have email confirmation of your booking include your email address.

    The visit follows the completion of the recent “Parks For People” restoration works to improve and restore the ecology and fabric of the park and buildings, funded by grants from the Heritage Lottery Fund, the Big Lottery Fund, and support from Ipswich Borough Council and the Friends of Holywells Park. In late May the Park was awarded two accolades; after being nominated by the Ipswich society it won first place in the 'Public Realm' category of the 2016 Civic Voice awards, and in the same week was voted one of the top ten best urban wildlife sites to visit in Britain by The Wildlife Trust.

    Non-Members not yet being invited as guests of Friends please use our contact form to enquire about tickets.

  • Thu
    17
    Nov
    2016
    12:00 PMRushmere Golf Club, Heath Rd, Ipswich. IP4 5QQ
    John Field will talk about the paintings by Brian Jepson and the architecture of the buildings in Ipswich. John has kindly agreed to give the talk that was prepared in 2014 by the late Brian Jepson but never delivered. 2-course lunch; please tell us if you have any special dietary requirements.

    Brian Jepson was heavily involved in Ipswich societies and had a great interest in the town and its architecture. His many paintings and photographs form an outstanding record of key buildings in Ipswich.

    Parking and disabled parking/access is available at the club; the talk and lunch will be in the function room.

    Tickets £16 each. To book places please send your cheque to Jean Attenborrow (3 Holly Road, Ipswich IP1 3QN; 01473 213025) together with your name, address, telephone number and the number of people attending. Cheques should be made payable to 'FoIM'. Please enclose a stamped self-addressed envelope for your tickets and if you wish to have email confirmation of your booking include your email address.

    Non-Members not yet being invited as guests of Friends please use our contact form to enquire about tickets.

  • Thu
    15
    Dec
    2016
    7:00 PMChristchurch Mansion, Soane Street, Ipswich. IP4 2BE
    A festive evening with seasonal music, supper and good company to help get into the spirit of Christmas. The Brantham Community Choir will be singing a programme of traditional and modern songs and carols, led by their director David McLachlan.

    Tickets £15 including supper and drinks. For more details and the booking form please see the Autumn 2016 newsletter; cheques should be made payable to 'FoIM'. Please enclose a stamped self-addressed envelope for your tickets and if you wish to have email confirmation of your booking please include your email address.

    Non-Members not yet being invited as guests of Friends please use our contact form to enquire about tickets.