Education

Discover & Learn

Though we’re not quite ready to welcome schools back in the usual way, we’re pleased to offer learning packages to suit a range of budgets and needs. If you can’t see what you’re hoping for, please contact the Collections and Learning Team to discuss your needs.

Teacher-led visits

Teachers and educators are very welcome to plan a visit that makes use of the exhibition and the Mansion, no matter what age your pupils are.

School slots for the summer term are 10am-12pm only, for up to two classes (30 pupils). We strongly recommend a preliminary visit by the lead teacher(s) to help with your planning.

Self-led visit, no activities provided: Free, booking is essential.

Self-led visit and intro from curator: £50 per group of up to 30 children, booking is essential

All school-led visits must be booked least 2 weeks in advance, subject to availability and Covid-19 restrictions.

Email the booking team: museums@colchester.gov.uk

Structured/focused visits

Available for September and October 2021, our structured sessions for 30 pupils are introduced and overseen by a member of museum staff at a social distance of 2 metres. Some activities are teacher-led, whilst some are led by us.

Please bring one adult for every six children you bring.

Booking is essential

Email the booking team: museums@colchester.gov.uk

A World of Stories (EYFS/KS1)

A 2-hour visit which supports every child to be a storyteller.

Explore the exhibition as well as other Mansion rooms and real objects to learn about lots of characters and stories from around the world. Play story games to bring your inner storyteller to the surface, building confidence, oracy and pre-reading skills.

Normal half-day visit costs apply – lunch outside in Christchurch Park.

£3.70 per child (Ipswich Borough schools)
£4.20 per child (non-Borough schools)
A minimum charge may apply.

Email the booking team: museums@colchester.gov.uk

Suitcase Stories (KS2)

In this 2-hour visit pupils will explore the exhibition and historical sources, joining in with a series of activities designed to inspire curiosity, creativity and critical thinking.

Become history detectives to investigate real and replica objects belonging to people who moved to Ipswich in the 1950s and 1960s to help the town recover from World War 2. Using the Power of Stories objects as inspiration, pupils will explore how people express their identities in different ways and think creatively about stories that matter to them.

Normal half-day visit costs apply – lunch outside in Christchurch Park.

£3.70 per child (Ipswich Borough schools)
£4.20 per child (non-Borough schools)
A minimum charge may apply.

Email the booking team: museums@colchester.gov.uk

Virtual Hotseat

We are sad not to be able to come into schools at this time. However, we are pleased to offer your pupils the chance to interview one of the Power of Stories curators and learn more about some of the key themes and objects. This could be about the exhibition and the objects on display, a ‘jobs in museums’ interview, or a discussion about stories and characters.

£50 per hour.

A minimum of 4 weeks advance booking is essential

Email the booking team: museums@colchester.gov.uk

Exploring Stories with Edward Ofosu

We’ve collaborated with Art Eat Events to bring you a thoughtful, creative session designed to explore many aspects of storytelling.

All participants are provided with a Creative Workbook to use before, during and after a virtual workshop with Edward ‘zoomed’ in from his studio in Accra, Ghana.

Edward Ofosu is a self-taught Ghanaian artist. His award-winning work has been widely exhibited in shows such as The Royal Society of Portrait Painters. Edward has taught workshops at the Apple Store, the V&A Museum and the Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace. He is currently working on a personal project of 100 African leaders’ portraits for a permanent collection in Ghana. Edward’s work is held in private collections around the world.

Art Eat facilitated a series of creative workshops with Edward in May 2021 and commissioned a Creative Workbook with ideas and suggestions for fun doodles and art, based on the Power of Stories exhibition. Edward has a uniquely engaging manner and accessible style when leading art workshops and invites participants to share their experiences and ideas around power, celebration, survival and resilience in adversity.

Cost available on request.
To book, contact Daisy Lees: daisy@arteatevents.com

Free resources to download (KS2)

Designed by comic artist Dan Malone, these activity packs support children to make their own comics, think about the objects on display and explore the exhibition.

Gallery visit pack

A pack of short activities to prepare children to visit the exhibition, including beautiful illustrations of museum objects, a word search, and a trail for use during their visit to the exhibition.

Make your own comic

A step-by-step guide to making your own comic. Children start by copying Dan’s comic about Elektroboy and Speedgirl and develop their skills to create characters, plot and designs as they progress through the guide. Best as a pre- or post-visit resource.

Ipswich black history comic

A specially commissioned piece of comic art which tells the story of Ipswich’s Windrush generation and the African and Caribbean contribution to multicultural Ipswich.

Visiting the exhibition

Address

Christchurch Mansion, Soane Street, Ipswich, IP4 2BE

Exhibition dates

26 June – 24 October 2021

Christchurch Mansion

Soane St, Ipswich IP4 2BE, UK

Visiting the exhibition

Christchurch Mansion

Soane St, Ipswich IP4 2BE, UK

Address

Christchurch Mansion, Soane Street, Ipswich, IP4 2BE

Exhibition dates

26 June – 24 October 2021