The Friends of the Ipswich Museums


The Friends of the Ipswich Museums (FoIM) are pleased to support the Power of Stories exhibition at Christchurch Mansion. Our Museums enable thousands of people from all ages and backgrounds to enjoy great art and outstanding regional exhibitions each year, free of charge.

As a charity, FoIM relies on the generosity of its diverse Membership and, more recently, its Corporate and Individual Angels to help it to flourish and support inspirational exhibitions, events and art coming to this amazing town.

When Cardinal Wolsey’s Angel statues came to Ipswich in 2017, loaned from the Victoria and Albert Museum, the FoIM created the Angels Campaign, including an “in Memory of a Loved One” category, to enable us to support the Museums’ ambitious programme of acquisition, conservation and display.

As Archangels, Angels, Seraphim and Cherubim, people can give to one of the most exciting heritage venues in the UK, with some of the finest British art and exceptional engagement and learning projects to enable everyone to participate in the life of the Ipswich Museums.

Our ‘Coffees for Conservation’ Angels campaign started during lockdown as a way of giving a virtual ‘coffee and cake’ towards the conservation of a beautiful 18th Century court coat displayed in the Power of Stories exhibition, in addition to conservation mounting of the Xhosa beadwork costumes and woman’s kanga costume. Find out more about the Angels and ‘Coffees for Conservation’.

Since 2018, our 300 strong Friends Membership and Angels have contributed over £40,000 towards exhibitions, conservation and recent acquisitions, including the Mason Family album containing works by John Constable and contemporary drawings by local artist Guy Eves.

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School children looking at bronze Wolsey Angles sculptures
People sitting in courtyard, drinking tea and listening to someone talk
A grey 18th century court coat with intricate beaded detail