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Make the past your future at Ipswich Museums

A new season of wonder and excitement has been unveiled with the launch of the latest Ipswich Museums brochure.

It is a busy year ahead for Christchurch Mansion, the Museum in High Street and the Ipswich Art Gallery next door.

Kiss and Tell: Rodin and Suffolk Sculpture has been drawing thousands of visitors to the Mansion (more than 20,000 to date) and this exhibition is followed by Wonder Walls, a celebration of the favourite artworks in the Ipswich collection. Popular pieces by Maggi Hambling and Anna Airy will sit alongside much loved works by Gainsborough, Constable and Churchyard. Wonder Walls opens on 1st June, so make it an oasis of culture!

Over at the Ipswich Art Gallery, the Marvellous Machines exhibition invites you to unleash your inner inventor as it explores quirky contraptions from Cabaret Mechanical Theatre. This family-friendly display is on from 20th July to 3rd November.

Family fun is the key to the Museums Service and it all starts at Easter with yoga sessions inspired by the Rodin exhibition (Christchurch Mansion, 7th and 21st April).

Ipswich Museum is inviting the team from Sutton Hoo to High Street for a three-day roadshow from 10th to 12th April exploring the wealth of Anglo-Saxon treasures (real and replica) of the Sutton Hoo burial ship. On 10th April, Saxons in Suffolk gives you the opportunity to join re-enactors, artists and archaeologists for a day of crafts, stories and activities.

The Marvellous Machines exhibition is the inspiration for the Summer of Science school holiday programme, with activities including a planetarium, pinhole camera making, Lego building, meeting a Tudor surgeon and Victorian kitchen science. There is also something for the adults with a Bricks and Beer evening in August, which will see visitors build automated contraptions from Lego.

Pop into Ipswich Museum and Christchurch Mansion as part of the Elmer’s Big Parade Suffolk trail from 15th June to 7th September in support of St Elizabeth Hospice and see if you can find the Elmers there!

Theatre comes to the Mansion on 3rd and 4th May in the form of An Honest Gentleman, a musical play about East Anglia’s very own highwayman, Thomas Easter. This Stuff of Dreams production is suitable for ages 10-plus. The second evening performance is BSL signed.

Don’t miss your last chance to see Kiss and Tell: Rodin and Suffolk Sculpture, which closes on 28 April, and the Women 100 exhibition, which has been extended and will now open until 5 May.

Entry to all three venues is FREE, while some drop-in events are also without charge. You will need to book and pay for other events and workshops.

Brochures are available from Ipswich Museum, Christchurch Mansion and the Tourist Information Centre. You can also view the brochure online at https://issuu.com/ipswich

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