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Museums packed for holiday fun

Published21st February 2018

More than 6,500 people attended Ipswich Museum, Christchurch Mansion and Ipswich Art Gallery over the half-term break and hundreds were there just to attend a series of special holiday events.

Figures released today showed nearly 1,200 people enjoyed the Ask the Expert sessions in High Street, while 115 adults and 120 children found their feet with some Tudor dancing at Christchurch Mansion.

The Animal Days in High Street, with trips to the Americas, Africa and Madagascar, and Australia and Asia, were mostly sold out – with only a handful of empty seats at the others.

Other visitors enjoyed the Thomas Wolsey: Ipswich’s Greatest Son (Christchurch Mansion) and You Are Here! The Making of Ipswich (Ipswich Art Gallery) exhibitions, which are open until mid-April. Entry to both is free. 

Councillor Carole Jones, museums service portfolio-holder, said: “Our staff were rushed off their feet over half term, which is just the way they like it! We were really pleased to see thousands of people enjoying their museums and can tell them today that we are putting up our Easter holiday activities online at www.ipswich.gov.uk on 1st March. We’ve got some arty activities and lots more to keep children amused.”


Further comment:

Cllr Carole Jones, tel: 07824 430158

Cllr Ian Fisher, opposition Conservative Group leader, tel: 01473 410124

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


Issued by the IBC press office, tel: 07736 826104