Project Updates

There’s a lot we need to do before we can reopen Ipswich Museum, from packing the tiniest objects to moving a mammoth, working with architects, designers, conservators, and builders, community engagement, storytelling and event planning, and much more besides.

As work on the redevelopment of Ipswich Museum progresses, we’ll be sharing news about what’s happening right here.

7 June 2024

A new Ipswich Museum icon? Locally recovered mammoth skeleton to greet visitors in new gallery

By Dr Simon J. Jackson, Collections and Learning Curator (Natural Sciences) Well, I’m sure you’re all familiar with our Woolly Mammoth model ‘Wool-I-am’, and are looking forward to seeing it going back on display soon (when the Museum is scheduled to reopen in 2025). But, what many of you might not know is that we […]

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21 May 2024

Ipswich Borough Council moves forward with Museum redevelopment

A key construction phase in the redevelopment work on Ipswich Museum will start at the end of this month. Ipswich Borough Council is undertaking a significant project to restore, refurbish and improve the purpose-built Grade II* listed building. The much-needed redevelopment will enhance its exterior and interior, preserving its current character and Victorian architecture, and […]

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3 May 2024

Your Museum needs you!

Do you have photos, objects or belongings from your life in Ipswich?  We’re working on some exciting displays for the new-look Ipswich Museum, and we need your help to tell Ipswich’s story since 1960.   We want to make your Museum more representative of its vibrant community. Everyone’s stories are welcome, and objects and stories related to […]

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26 March 2024

Ipswich Borough Council awarded £376,850 Arts Council funding

We are pleased to announce that we have been successful in applying for additional funding for renovations to Ipswich Museum. Securing funding support through the Arts Council administered Museum Estate and Development Fund (MEND) fund has ensured that a much-needed programme for re-roofing the building can get underway. These standalone re-roofing works form part of […]

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19 March 2024

Food and Drink in Anglo-Saxon times

Food and Drink in Anglo-Saxon times, by Tim Rousham Food and drink are a key part of every culture throughout history, each with its own unique rituals and symbolism attached to the essential need to nourish and sustain a people. The Anglo-Saxons are no exception to this rule, with feasting and communal meals central to […]

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8 March 2024

Education On the Road: An Anglo-Saxon Experience

The Learning Team at Ipswich Museum are currently working hard behind the scenes to design the new school workshops and refresh old favourite ones, ready for delivery when the museum reopens next year. In addition, we are also currently developing learning sessions that we can take out ‘on the road’ to our local schools while […]

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5 December 2023

Ipswich Museum Featured in National Conservation Conference

Two team members from Ipswich Museum recently had the excellent opportunity to speak at a conservation conference, sharing knowledge gained during the redevelopment process so far. Every year the Institute of Conservation organises a conference specifically for professionally accredited conservators. Its aim is to discuss key topics affecting the conservation sector, share expertise with fellow […]

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3 November 2023

Council invites tenders for the next phase of Museum Redevelopment

Ipswich Borough Council is pleased to announce the start of the tendering process for the highly anticipated museum redevelopment project. Marking a significant milestone in the Council’s efforts to revitalise and transform the museum into a world-class cultural hub.  The redevelopment project, which will encompass extensive renovations, expansion, and the introduction of innovative exhibits, aims […]

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There will be lots of opportunities to get involved with the Ipswich Museum redevelopment project throughout the process.

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