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Rodin draws in thousands to Mansion

Published23rd January 2019

Visitor numbers to Christchurch Mansion have soared thanks to the Rodin exhibition, Ipswich Borough Council reported today.

The first three weeks of January saw 4,494 visitors to the Mansion and 84% of those (3,789) paid a visit to the Wolsey Art Gallery inside to look at the famous Kiss & Tell exhibition.

The iconic sculpture – in the top 10 of modern sculptures around the world – has been loaned to the Borough by the Tate.

The exhibition appeals to all ages; more than 500 children have seen it in the past three weeks, said the Council.

Altogether, Mansion visits have jumped by 71% in comparison to figures for the whole of January 2018 – and there are still 10 days to go.

Nearly 6,000 people went along in the opening five weeks of the exhibition (24th November to 31st December).

Carole Jones, Museums portfolio-holder at the Council, said: “The Rodin exhibition is one of the town’s biggest attractions and is bringing in thousands of people to the Mansion. The Kiss is here until the end of April so if you haven’t seen it yet, you should go. And while you are in town, pop along to the Art Gallery in High Street to see the Women 100 exhibition, another fantastic show commemorating 100 years since some women were given the vote.”

The Mansion is open Tuesdays to Sundays. Entry is free.

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