Read about the very exciting Heritage Lottery grant to Ipswich Museum and Pay Pal’s donation to The Friends of the Ipswich Museums under News and Awards..

Kiss and Tell - Rodin and Suffolk Sculpture closed with a record 33,000 visitors! This was a FREE admission exhibition but we were delighted and thankful that the public gave donations into our special DONATION BOXES in the hall and the Gallery at the Mansion. This money will go towards future exhibitions, conservation and acquisitions. Such generosity is very much appreciated.

A warm welcome to the Friends of the Ipswich Museums’ website. FoIM is a registered charity (number 1184000) that exists to promote the wider knowledge, appreciation and enjoyment of the art and collections housed in the Museum's three sites within Ipswich, and to help with acquisitions and exhibitions. We support a fascinating and unique museum complex.

See News above to read about our Women 100 Award and the Museums Lottery Grant. This is an exciting first step in working with Heritage Lottery to develop plans for the Museum’s future which, if successful, could lead to a substantial award of over £4m. We will keep you informed of progress on this important re-development plan for Ipswich.

If you would like to be a Museum Guide at Christchurch Mansion please open the TOURS tab above and read about this very rewarding and interesting voluntary job and the opportunity to meet with other likeminded people. email Joan at

There are over 300 FoIM members whose donations, membership fees and funds raised from special events are given to the charity - which then support the Museums.  For example over 12,000 visitors attended the Museum Service’s very successful Wolsey Exhibition in Christchurch Mansion, to which The Friends donated over £6,000.

On a more modest scale, The Friends recently purchased portable seats for those who might need them at the Mansion. FoIM has commissioned the restoration of paintings and sculptures from the Museums’ own collection which enhanced the recent Rodin Kiss and Tell Exhibition. We are supporting WONDER WALLS which opened on 1st June 2019. This ‘beautiful salon-hang’ includes the painting above by Becker, and offers a visual delight of landscapes, portraits and local scenes from 1400 to the present day. Works by Gainsborough, Constable and Churchyard as well as Anna Airey and Maggi Hambling will be shown in both Christchurch Mansion and the Wolsey Art Gallery - FREE adminssion. For more information see EVENTS above..

Our exciting plans continue into 2019-2020.

Message from Richard Wilson (right) Chairman FoIM

With Councillor Carole Jones, and James Steward from Colchester and Ipswich Museums Service.

With Councillor Carole Jones, and James Steward from Colchester and Ipswich Museums Service.

“We may be a relatively small organisation but we have big dreams. The Friends play a large part in making the Museum and Mansion even greater attractions for the whole country. FoIM have donated over £200,000 over recent years, which has assisted the Museums Service to purchase and conserve art, including paintings by local artists, a Viking pendant, jewellery, porcelain, the Mason family portrait by Gainsborough, and much much more.

The Museums Service has turned every £1 we have given into £7 of purchasing power, and our contributions helps with matching bids to other funding bodies.

By joining The Friends of the Ipswich Museums, becoming an Acquisition Angel (see Campaigns above), or by becoming a Corporate Member, you will enable us to continue to play a full part in supporting the Museums Service, acquiring more treasures and attracting more exciting exhibitions in collaboration with major Museums like The Tate, and V & A.”    Richard Wilson, Chairman FoIM

FoIM Committee

President Lady Deben

Chairman Richard Wilson

Treasurer Andrew Sewell

Membership Jean Attenborrow

Events and Conservation Sheila Brooks

Ex Officio Councillor Carole Jones - Ipswich Borough Council

Vice President Paul Bruce

Vice Chairman Denise Fiennes

Secretary Gary Butler

Guides Representative Erica Burrows

Ex-Officio James Steward - Ipswich Museums

For all current Events press the tab on the menu above. Please remember that our talks and parties are open to guests.

Holywells Park

Have a closer look at an item FoIM helped to buy …