There is a lot going on at Ipswich Museums this spring and summer…
Get along to Ipswich Museum and Christchurch Mansion for lots of fun during the Easter holidays. Join storytellers, re-enactors and archaeologists at the Saxons in Suffolk day at the Museum in High Street on Wednesday 8 April. Discover what life would have been like for the Anglo-Saxons in Suffolk. On the same day, you can also bring in your own items for Ask the Expert and speak to a range of experts.
Wondering what to do with all your Easter egg packaging? Go to the Eco Easter event at Christchurch Mansion on Thursday 16 April and find out how to make treasured keepsakes out of rubbish. Try your hand at making animals out of egg cartons or discover how to make natural slime. You can also go on the Easter Ed Sheeran Hunt around the Mansion to find the mini-Eds.
Talking of Ed, don’t miss your last chance to visit the Ed Sheeran: Made in Suffolk exhibition at Christchurch Mansion. It’s open until Sunday 3 May. Following on from that, the Unmasked: The Power of Stories exhibition will open on Saturday 4 July.
Ipswich Museums are bringing a band new Escape Room Experience to the Museum’s Ancient Egypt gallery this May half-term. Are you brave enough to take on the tomb? Solve puzzles, crack codes and escape the tomb before it’s too late! Bookings for groups of 6-8 will be taken for daytime sessions from Tuesday 26 – Thursday 28 May. Or, if you’re brave enough, try the exclusive after-hours experience when the Museum has closed!
On Friday 5 and Saturday 6 June Christchurch Mansion will host performances of Peppy Barlow and Sally Wilden’s play Gainsborough and the Modern Woman. In 1760, Gainsborough painted a portrait of Ann Ford, which took his world by storm. Prepared to break the rules about how a woman should be portrayed, this painting was a cause of outrage but put a seal on Gainsborough’s growing reputation. Enter the world of Gainsborough and this extraordinary young woman in the beautiful setting of Christchurch Mansion, which houses a range of Gainsborough’s portraits.
For more information about all the events and how to book, visit www.ipswich.cimuseums.org.uk/events.