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

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

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

    All Friends are encouraged to attend our Annual General Meeting to hear about our activities, discover how we've been supporting the Museums and help us to shape our future. Papers for the Meeting are available here including minutes of last year's AGM of 5th April 2017.

    After the AGM business is concluded, Ipswich Borough Council Museums Portfolio Holder Councillor Carole Jones will share with us her thoughts on “Why Museums Matter”.

    Refreshments (coffee, tea and biscuits) will be available. Attendance is free, and no pre-booking is required.

  • Fri
    6:30pm for 7:00pmChristchurch Mansion, Soane Street, Ipswich. IP4 2BE
    Cardinal Wolsey portrait

    A talk by Richard Wilson, Musician and Chairman or the Friends of the Ipswich Museums

    Just before the Wolsey exhibition closes our Chairman will reprise his 2015 University of Suffolk Wolsey lecture on the sound world of the Cardinal. He will guide us on an aural journey from the bells of his hometown to the magnificent entertainment at The Field of the Cloth of Gold. There will be a particular focus on the music at Cardinal's College in Ipswich, as described in the College Statutes which is one the current exhibition's major attractions.

    Doors open 6:30pm for the talk starting at 7pm and refreshments will be provided before the talk. Tickets are £6 for Friends, £8 for guests; booking is recommended. Cheques should be made payable to “FoIM”.

    To book tickets Friends are asked to use the booking slips and payment options detailed in the recent newsletter. Everyone is welcome at our events so anyone without newsletters can contact us directly via our contact form.

    This talk has been rescheduled due to the bad weather on the 2nd March.

  • Fri
    10.45 - 11.00amMeet at: Somerset House, Strand, London WC2R 1LA

    A day visit to London including a guided tour of the former royal palace of Somerset House and a self-guided visit the Courtauld Gallery (known particularly for its French Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings), and a guided tour of the Palace of Westminster. We'll have lunch at the London home of Lord and Lady Deben

    11am: Day starts at Somerset House. Leonora Gummer, Head of Donor Development will lead one group on an hour-long tour of this historic and fascinating building while a second group spends an hour at the Courtauld Gallery. These two groups will then swap over before all depart at 1.15pm for drinks on terrace (weather permitting) and a sandwich lunch at the home of Lord and Lady Deben.

    After lunch: walk to the Palace of Westminster. Following security checks, there will be two tours run at 4.05pm and 4.10pm taking about 75 minutes.

    5.30pm approximately depart for independent travel back to Ipswich (or an evening out in London)!

    The day costs £55 for Friends and £65 for guests/non-friends. This includes entry to the Courtauld Gallery, lunch and the guided tours but not travel costs. This is a fundraising event for the Friends and so the charge includes a donation to the Friends. We are limited by the maximum numbers accepted for tours at Westminster so booking is essential and will be on a first come, first served basis. Mobility: The day will include two tours of over an hour each and travelling between the venues, so we regret that this trip won't be suitable to those who would find this amount of walking difficult. Proof of identity (passport or driving license) is required for entry into the Palace of Westminster.

    To book tickets Friends are asked to use the booking slips and payment options detailed in our Spring 2018 newsletter. Enquiries from non-Friends are welcome via our contact form but please make it clear that you haven't seen the booking form nor the full details published in our newsletter.

  • Wed
    7:00 for 7.30pmLecture Theatre 2, Waterfront Building, The University of Suffolk. IP3 8AH

    We are delighted to welcome Roy Clare CBE, former Director of the National Maritime Museum and Director of the Auckland War Memorial Museum New Zealand, to be the guest speaker at our first joint promotion with the Ipswich Maritime Trust. Of this talk Roy writes:

    “Admiral Cunningham, assessing risks in the Mediterranean in WW2, noted that ships lost are quickly replaced, but traditions grow slowly, over centuries. Admiral Vernon died as the sitting MP for Ipswich the year before Nelson was born; Admiral Hawke was victorious in Quiberon Bay when Nelson was just one year old. As Admiral Nelson cornered Napoleon’s fleet off the Nile, did these and other figures influence the outcome? In 2018, the 220th anniversary of Nelson’s victory at the Battle of the Nile, Roy Clare invites us to consider inter-generational influences on naval leadership.”

    Cost: £3.50 for Friends, £4.50 for non-Friends, to include tea/coffee. Booking details will be clarified soon. Please note the start time and the venue. Free parking is available in the main University car park opposite the Waterfront Building.