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

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

  • Sat
    09
    Aug
    2014
    Christchurch Mansion

    Booking - Mansion Reception / 01473 433554

  • Sat
    13
    Sep
    2014
    2:00 PMChristchurch Mansion

    Booking - Mansion Reception / 01473 433554

  • Wed
    17
    Sep
    2014
    Fri
    19
    Sep
    2014

    Book via Jean Attenborrow - jattenborrow@hotmail.co.uk or phone 01473 213025

  • Sat
    20
    Sep
    2014
    2:00 PMChristchurch Mansion - Education Room

    Informal chat for potential new guides.
    To book a place email ericab@btinternet.com

  • Wed
    24
    Sep
    2014
    2:00 PMIpswich Town Centre

    Book via Jean Attenborrow - jattenborrow@hotmail.co.uk or phone 01473 213025

  • Sat
    18
    Oct
    2014
    2:00 PMChristchurch Mansion

    Study Session of Leonard Squirrell conducted by Paul Bruce
    Friends £5 otherwise £7. Tea and biscuits included.
    Book via Mansion Tel: 01473 433554

  • Wed
    05
    Nov
    2014
    12:00 PMGalley Restaurant Woodbridge

    A lunchtime talk by Brian Jepson
    £15 including meal
    To book contact Jean Attenborrow by email jattenborrow@hotmail.co.uk or Tel: 01473 213025

    About Our Speaker

    Brian Jepson, a long time member of FoIM, will give an illustrated talk on his graphic painting works over nearly 50 years.

    He writes:

    “Having retired from a long architectural career and shunning “the ubiquitous computer world” the sheer joy of sketching and painting has gathered momentum in the last decade or so. Thus several local scenes, doubtless familiar to members are presented in a stylistic, informal and occasionally semi-abstract format. A variety of media is employed with subject matter at times beyond our county and even straying into mainland Europe.

    The aim is to entertain, project a visual delight while inviting the audience to mentally meet the artistic approach half way, in spanning a pictorial gamut from say local man Leonard Squirrell to state side giant Mark Rothko!”

     Lunch: A set lunch will be served at noon in the Galley Restaurant, 21 Market Hill, Woodbridge. A vegetarian option is available but must be ordered in advance. Lunch is included in the ticket price but drinks will be extra. The talk will take place after lunch.

  • Wed
    10
    Dec
    2014

    Tickets available from Barbara Cole Membership Secretary by contacting her on 01473 287716 or print the booking form Christmas Party 2014

     

  • Mon
    09
    Feb
    2015
    6:30 PMChristchurch Mansion

    The Friends preview of the Salisbury Cathedral painting is on Monday 9th Feb at 6:30.  Telephone Mansion 433554 to book.  No charge.  Phillip Wise will be giving an introductory talk about this and the newly acquired Lime Kiln painting that the Friends helped to purchase.

  • Wed
    25
    Feb
    2015
    12:00 PMThe Galley Woodbridge

    A lunchtime talk on William Kent by Paul Bruce
    View the application form - Lunch Kent

  • Tue
    03
    Mar
    2015
    London

    Visit timed to take in the exhibition 'Truth and Memory: British Art of the First World War'
    View the application form - IWM Trip

  • Wed
    25
    Mar
    2015
    12:00 PMThe Galley Woodbridge

    A lunchtime talk on John Constable by Emma Roodhouse
    View the application form - Lunch Constable

  • Tue
    14
    Apr
    2015
    7:30 PMChristchurch Mansion

    All details including minutes of the AGM 2014 and the agenda for this year's AGM are in the papers for the meeting: 2015-03-26 FoIM AGM 2015 Papers.
    Christchurch Park will still be open before the meeting starts so it should be possible to get into the park via all gates. A small amount of car parking will be available in the Car Park near the Bolton Lane gates. Coffee will be available in the Mansion from 7pm, meeting starts at 7:30pm.

  • Fri
    12
    Jun
    2015
    Christchurch Mansion- Wolsey Art Gallery

    New exhibition open in the  Wolsey Gallery celebrating 200th anniversary of the Constable Garden paintings.

  • Wed
    17
    Jun
    2015
    7:00 PMChristchurch Mansion

    Pimms and strawberries at the Mansion!
    Apart from the decadent pleasure of enjoying this classic British ritual Paul Bruce will give a short talk on the sculpture placed in the garden, and there'll be an opportunity to examine copies of the new brochure on the mansion produced by the Friends. £10 for Friends, £12 for non-members- see the application form for more details: 2015-03-26 FoIM Summer Party 2015

  • Sat
    12
    Sep
    2015
    2:00 PMChristchurch Mansion

    Tour looking at selected parts of the collections at the mansion, led by Mansion Guide Joan Munns. This event forms part the Heritage Open Day weekend of events in Ipswich, 12th- 13th September 2015
    Free, but donations welcome

  • Sun
    13
    Sep
    2015
    3:00 PMChristchurch Mansion

    Tour looking at selected parts of the collections at the mansion, led by Mansion Guide Joan Munns. This event forms part the Heritage Open Day weekend of events in Ipswich, 12th- 13th September 2015
    Free, but donations welcome

  • Tue
    15
    Sep
    2015
    6:30 PMChristchurch Mansion

    Final part of the Aspire programme in the Wolsey Gallery, exploring artists influenced by John Constable. New loans displayed including work by Lucien Freud.
    Caleb Howgego will give a presentation on artists influenced by Constable.

  • Wed
    16
    Sep
    2015
    Sat
    19
    Sep
    2015
    07:30 - 08:00 departure

    This year's friends' tour extends over 4 days and three nights away and explores the heritage of the West Midlands, Staffordshire and Birmingham. It starts at the Black Country open-air living museum at Dudley, includes visits to Wightwick Manor famous for its arts and crafts interiors, Potteries including the Wedgwood Visitor Centre, and Art Museums including Wolverhampton Art Gallery and the barber Institute, Birmingham.
    To find out more and join us please download our booking form: 2015-FoIM Black Country Visit.

  • Wed
    28
    Oct
    2015
    12:00 PMSeckford Golf Club, Seckford Hall Road, IP13 6NT
    With Marcia Whiting, Assistant Curator and Researcher at The Munnings Art Museum, Castle House, Dedham.
    Marcia will talk about the life and work of painter Alfred Munnings. 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.
    Cost: £16 including lunch.
  • Wed
    02
    Dec
    2015
    7:00 PMChristchurch Mansion, Soane Street, Ipswich. IP4 2BE
    Christmas Party in the Mansion with Ipswich Chamber Choir.

    A good opportunity to catch up with friends, discuss and support the Ipswich Museums and hear the latest news, and to start off the festive season listening to the Choir.

    Doors Open 6:45pm, for 7:00pm start, Tickets £14 including supper and drinks. To book tickets please use the application form in the Friends' newsletter, or ring (01473) 287716

  • 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.

  • 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.