Christchurch Mansion

Christchurch Mansion
Soane Street
Ipswich
Suffolk
IP4 2BE
England

Website

www.cimuseums.org.uk

E-mail

museums@colchester.gov.uk

Telephone

01473 433554

Fax

01473 433564

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Christchurch Mansion
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This beautiful Tudor mansion is the jewel in the crown of Ipswich's historic past boasting over 500 years of history.

Explore the period rooms from the Tudor kitchen to the sumptuous Georgian saloon and the beautifully detailed Victorian wing and much more!

Gaze at the fine collection of art from Suffolk artists including the biggest collection of Thomas Gainsborough and John Constable paintings outside of London.

There is a cafe on site (seasonal opening times) where you can relax over tea or coffee, cakes or lunch or grab a picnic to eat in the park.

Mansion Tours
The Friends of Ipswich Museums offer free short daily tours of the Mansion called 'A Peep into the Past'. These take place at 11am, Tuesday - Saturday and 2pm on Sunday, March to November only.
Full tours can be booked at other times by contacting Christchurch Mansion on 01473 433554.

Venue Type:

Historic house or home, Museum, Heritage site, Gallery

Opening hours

Open Tuesday to Sunday, 10am to 5pm throughout the year.
Please check the website for Christmas closing dates.

Admission charges

Free Admission

Additional info

The ground floor is accessible but unfortunatley there is no lift to take visitors to the first floor.

Christchurch Mansion is a 16th Century house built in an historic park. The rooms are furnished in various styles from Tudor to Victorian periods. Also in the house is the Suffolk Artists Gallery; which displays visual art from Ipswich Museums and Galleries Collection. Christchurch Mansion houses the most significant collection of Constable and Gainsborough paintings outside London.

Collection details

Costume and Textiles, Decorative and Applied Art, Fine Art, Maritime, Music, Personalities, Social History, Weapons and War

Key artists and exhibits

  • Constable
  • Gainsborough
  • Contemporary Visual Arts
Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.

Obscure Secure

  • 6 September 2014 — 1 January 2015 *on now

Obscure Secure uncovers work by 20th century women artists from the Ipswich Borough Council collection and exhibits it together with paintings by three contemporary artists. Through a process of exploration and research, Claudia Böse, Hayley Field and Jacqueline Utley have selected work by 11 artists from the collection and created new work in response.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.cimuseums.org.uk/whatson

Panel discussion with artists

  • 29 November 2014 2-3:30pm

Panel discussion facilitated by artist and art therapist Emma Cameron with artists: Molly Thomson, Jane Frederick, Claudia Böse, Hayley Field and Jacqueline Utley.

Please book by calling 01473 433691

Suitable for

  • 18+

Website

http://www.cimuseums.org.uk/whatson

Aspire. The Year of Constable

  • 7 February 2015 — 31 January 2016

Christchurch Mansion will be hosting John Constable’s masterpiece Salisbury Cathedral from the Meadows throughout 2015. This painting was acquired for the nation and is part of the Aspire partnership programme enabling audiences of all ages to enjoy and learn more about the work of John Constable. Aspire is supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Art Fund.

There will be a range of activities and events connected with the painting see the website for more details.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.cimuseums.org.uk/whatson

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.

Victorian Christmas

  • 14 December 2014 10am-4pm

Explore the mansion in all its Christmas glory in this full day of family fun! Meet Victorian characters, learn traditional dances and make simple crafts to take home.

Drop in from 10 -4pm. Meet Santa and receive a gift: £3.50. Small charge for some crafts.

Suitable for

  • 11-13
  • Any age

Website

http://www.cimuseums.org.uk/whatson

Young girl with artist

Printing workshops

  • 19 — 20 February 2015

Learn more about John Constable's work by designing and creating your own printed landscape to take home. All materials provided.

Sessions: 10.30, 11.30, 12.30, 2pm and 3pm. This workshop is part of Aspire, an exhibition in The Wolsey Art Gallery.

There may be spaces available on the day. To ensure a place book in advance by calling: Ipswich bookings 01473 433691

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£3 per child.

Website

http://www.cimuseums.org.uk/whatson

Meet John Constable

  • 20 February 2015

Meet young artist John Constable - find out about his life, how hard he has worked to become an artist, and about his hopes for his future career.

Drop-in: 10.30, 11.30, 12.30, 2pm, 3pm. This workshop is part of Aspire exhibition in The Wolsey Art Gallery.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.cimuseums.org.uk/whatson

Young girl drawing

Days with Dad: Mother's day gifts

  • 7 March 2015 10:30am-12:30pm, 1:30-3:30pm

Make mum a special Mother's Day present - choose smaller individual items like bracelets or candles to decorate or create a whole family gift like a willow lantern or ceramic plate.

There may be spaces available on the day but to ensure a place book in advance by calling: Ipswich bookings 01473 433691

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£5 per family, up to 4 children.

Website

http://www.cimuseums.org.uk/whatson

Children moulding clay

Clay flora paperweights

  • 1 April 2015 10:30am-12:30pm, 1:30-3:30pm
  • 2 April 2015 10:30am-12:30pm, 1:30-3:30pm

Using clay and a range of flowers to imprint patterns, create your own fabulous paperweight or fridge magnet to take home and paint once dry.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£3 per child.

Young boy in art class

Cloud pictures

  • 9 April 2015 10:30am-12pm, 1-2:30pm, 3-4:30pm
  • 10 April 2015 10:30am-12pm, 1-2:30pm, 3-4:30pm

Work with an artist to create amazing mixed media artwork inspired by clouds and the sky. All materials provided, just bring your imagination.

There may be spaces available on the day. To ensure a place book in advance by calling: Ipswich bookings 01473 433691

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£2 per child.

Website

http://www.cimuseums.org.uk/whatson

Resources listed here may include websites, bookable tours and workshops, books, loan boxes and more. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all.

More than a Visit

A group of secondary schools are taking part in our new scheme to provide a free artist led workshops and talks in secondary schools. The schools taking part are using the exhibition as course work and the workshop and talk are linked to the theme and techniques of the exhibition. Selected final year student artists from Suffolk College will deliver the talks and workshops.
To register your interest for future projects please contact the wolseyartgallery@ipswich.gov.uk

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