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

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

  • Thu
    23
    Feb
    2017
    15:00 – 16:50Ipswich Museum, High Street, Ipswich. IP1 3QH

    Philip Wise, Heritage Manager of Colchester and Ipswich Museums will give a talk on the significance of the Rendlesham Saxon site. After the talk, Philip will take the group to the Saxon Gallery to view the Saxon objects that have been acquired for the museum collection.

    Refreshments will be provided. Cost – free for members, non-members £2 donation to the Friends.

    Please use our contact form to book places.

  • Wed
    29
    Mar
    2017
    18:30 for 19:00Christchurch Mansion, Soane Street, Ipswich. IP4 2BE

    A talk by Dr Simon Thurley

    Dr. Thurley will talk about the impact and influence that the Tudors – especially Henry VIII and Wolsey - had on Tudor Architecture. The Tudors ruled through the day, throughout the night, in the bath, in bed and in the saddle. Their palaces were genuine power houses - the nerve-centre of military operations, the boardroom for all executive decisions and the core of international politics. The history of Tudor houses reveals far more than architecture alone and the talk will highlight Tudor private life as well as politics, diplomacy and court.

    Simon Thurley is a leading architectural historian and until 2015 was Chief Executive of English Heritage. As well as lecturing and writing widely Dr. Thurley has previously been Director of the Museum of London and Curator, Historic Royal Palaces. His forthcoming book "Houses of Power: The Places That Shaped the Tudor World" will describe life at the palaces and mansions of the Tudor monarchs and their court.

    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
    05
    Apr
    2017
    19:00 for 19:30Christchurch Mansion, Soane Street, Ipswich. IP4 2BE

    All Friends are encouraged to attend the Annual General Meeting of the Friends of the Ipswich Museums to hear how our activities have progressed, to hear how we've been supporting the Museums, and to make comments as desired. The AGM papers are available now and at the meeting.

    At the AGM the President may invite proposals for committee members from the floor providing there have been insufficient nominees up to then, which may be the case this year. Any volunteers from the floor of the AGM must be proposed and seconded from amongst those present and must be aware that they will be a trustee of the Friends of the Ipswich Museums, a registered charity no. 275527. The government's website has an introduction to being a charity trustee.

    If you'd like to find out more on this or any other matter related to the AGM before the meeting please contact the Committee via our contact form

    Refreshments (coffee, tea and biscuits) will be available.

    After the AGM James Steward, Ipswich Museums Manager will talk on "Interpretation of Historic Houses: Staff and Friends Working Together"

  • Wed
    24
    May
    2017
    2:00 PM (CHANGE to previously advertised time).Christchurch Mansion, Soane Street, Ipswich. IP4 2BE

    A talk by Felicité Gillham to accompany the exhibition Twists And Turns: Hairstyles in Art

    What’s the difference between a campaign wig and a bob wig? What did people put in their wigs to catch fleas? And how to cure baldness? Come along to this fascinating talk by experienced wig designer Felicité Gillham. Felicité has toured the world making wigs and met interesting people from Mr Khrushchev in Moscow, Gregory Peck in Hollywood and the Queen at Windsor Castle after being invited with the RSC to entertain and dine with her. There will be many delightful images, objects and wigs to look at in this entertaining talk.

    Felicité has worked in the theatre and film world for many years. In the 1960s she ran the London and Stratford wig departments of the RSC and after establishing herself in London in 1970 she worked on West End and other shows and with leading figures like Sir Alan Ayckbourn. She has a close interest in correctly understanding and recreating historic hairstyles and wigs. Much of Twists And Turns: Hairstyles in Art will be on view during the talk.

    Refreshments will be provided before the talk. This event is open to anyone- cost is £6 for Friends, £8 for non-members. Book your place/s before the event via the Museums Service at Christchurch Mansion: call 01473 433554. Pay on the door.

  • Fri
    09
    Jun
    2017
    Doors open 18:30, for 19:00Christchurch Mansion, Soane Street, Ipswich. IP4 2BE

    A talk by Viscount Hereford

    Viscount Hereford will talk about his ancestors the Devereux family and their history both before and since the family's ownership of Christchurch between 1645 and 1735. The 9th June is the anniversary of the birth of Price who was the 10th Viscount and the last Devereux to reside at what is now Christchurch Mansion. Branches of the family have played important roles at court, at war and in politics over the centuries and been settled in Herefordshire, Wales and elsewhere but for about 100 years the heads of the family resided at Christchurch in Ipswich and at Sudbourne near Orford.

    Refreshments will be provided. Cost £6 for members, £8 for non-members. Friends should see the newsletter for further details and use the Booking slip provided. Non-Members please use our contact form to find out more.

  • Wed
    12
    Jul
    2017
    18:30 for 19:00Christchurch Mansion, Soane Street, Ipswich. IP4 2BE

    Our annual Summer event at the Mansion. Strawberries & Cream with a glass of wine or Pimms- hoping for good weather so that we can be outside in the courtyard! Cost £10 for Friends and £12 for guests

    Friends should see the newsletter for further details and use the Booking slip provided. Non-Members please use our contact form to find out more.

  • Wed
    08
    Nov
    2017
    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 for the family of the Dukes of Buccleuch 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
    06
    Dec
    2017
    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.