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The Kiss, the vote and a romantic film: it’s all part of Ipswich Museums’ new programme

Published14th September 2018

Ipswich Museums have announced their exciting programme for October to March with something for everyone to enjoy. And remember: entry to Ipswich Museum, Ipswich Art Gallery and Christchurch Mansion is FREE.

The highlight is the upcoming Kiss and Tell: Rodin and Suffolk Sculpture exhibition at Christchurch Mansion, featuring Auguste Rodin’s iconic marble sculpture The Kiss, which is on loan from the Tate.

Several of Rodin’s other sculptures on loan from the Tate and East Anglian museums will be accompanied by pieces from the Ipswich collection, including work by Maggi Hambling, Thomas Woolner and Henry Moore. Visitors will also have an opportunity to view life drawings by John Constable on display together for the first time. The exhibition will open from 24 November 2018 until 28 April 2019.

A varied events programme accompanies the landmark exhibition, including talks, yoga for families inspired by sculpture, art workshops and a special Valentine’s Day event, where you can spend an evening making chocolate creations before settling down for a late night showing of the classic romance film Ghost.

Ipswich Museums will also be celebrating the centenary of some women getting the vote with the Women 100 exhibition at Ipswich Art Gallery in High Street, on display from 8 December 2018 to 5 April 2019. Visitors can discover 100 artworks by women from the Ipswich collection, ranging from the 1700s to the present day. 

There’s plenty for the kids to do in the holidays, with magical and mystical activities in October half term and the return of Christmas at the Mansion to get you in the festive mood in December. The ever-popular animals will be back in February half term, with Animal Invasion at Ipswich Museum giving children a chance to get up and close with scaly and furry critters.

Carole Jones, Ipswich Borough Council’s Museums portfolio-holder, said: “This underlines our commitment to providing a varied and exciting programme for people of all ages and interests. We want to encourage people to explore their heritage and find out how they can connect with it. Entry is free and you can enjoy everything from the iconic Kiss sculpture to a wide range of family activities.”

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


Caption: Carole Jones with staff outside the Museum in High Street


For further comment:

Cllr Carole Jones, tel: 07824 430158

Cllr Ian Fisher, opposition Conservative Group Leader, tel: 07702 038029

Cllr Inga Lockington, opposition Liberal Democrat Group Leader, tel: 01473 213444