Colchester + Ipswich Museums Launch Online Catalogue of Collections

Published1st December 2020

Discover Colchester + Ipswich Museums collections with a new Collections Online catalogue.

For the first time, the public will be able to step back in time and access Colchester + Ipswich Museums’ entire collection online. The database includes thousands of records of natural and man-made objects created over the last 65 million years.

This exciting new resource will prove invaluable for anyone wanting to find out more about Colchester and Ipswich’s rich heritage. It is free to use, and no registration is required. Search for high-definition images of individual objects, zoom in, examine and even print them out for reference.

If you don’t know where to start, our experts have curated a number of collections based on popular subjects and requests. These collections enable the user to discover objects with a common theme and really delve deep into the narrative of the artefacts’ origins. In these curated collections you can explore approx. 7,000 records in the Ipswich collections, including its nationally recognized Victorian taxidermy collection, works by John Constable and other leading Suffolk artists, items from the costume collections, plus artefacts and pictures from previous exhibitions including ‘Twist and Turns’ and ‘Ipswich Through Time’. The team will be adding new collections regularly, so it’s advisable to check back for new content.

For those that wish to delve deeper, the detailed search function enables you to discover objects by keywords, dates, materials and other advanced search options.

During December, our curators will be sharing some star objects from the collections on social media @IpswichMuseums Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, to give a flavour of what is waiting to be discovered. To access Colchester + Ipswich Museums Collections Online please visit

Cllr Carole Jones, Portfolio Holder for Ipswich Borough Council’s Museums Service, has said: “Giving the public access to Ipswich’s vast collection online is an excellent opportunity to share the fascinating objects we have in our care. This is great news, both for the people of Ipswich, and for anyone who is keen to find out more about our wonderful collections.”


Issued by the IBC press office