Open days will celebrate town heritage

IPSWICH'S most famous landmarks are to open their doors as part of a celebration of the town's heritage. There will be two days of free family orientated events and activities organised by the Ipswich and Colchester Museum Service taking place in Ipswich Town Hall, Christchurch Park, Ipswich Museum and Christchurch Mansion.

IPSWICH'S most famous landmarks are to open their doors as part of a celebration of the town's heritage.

There will be two days of free family orientated events and activities organised by the Ipswich and Colchester Museum Service taking place in Ipswich Town Hall, Christchurch Park, Ipswich Museum and Christchurch Mansion.

Sarah Watson-Jones, outreach officer for English Heritage, said: “I have been working with Colchester and Ipswich Museum Service and Team Ipswich to offer some fantastic events and activities for all the family, with foods and creatures from around the globe, quizzes, trails and a traditional family sports and fun day.

“The English Heritage outreach team works in partnership with the Civic Trust to take Heritage Open Days into areas of the country where there has been limited or no previous participation, and encourages people to open up properties and run activities that represent England's diverse history.”


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Ruth Gillan, community outreach officer for Colchester and Ipswich Museum Service, said: “We want everyone to feel included in these activities and to have fun discovering new things about their own and other people's heritage. Hopefully there will be something going on over the weekend that everyone can enjoy.”

To find out more about the activities taking place, pick up a leaflet from Ipswich Museum or Christchurch Mansion.

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On Saturday, September 8 don't miss 'Foods of the World' at the Town Hall, Gallery 3.

Here you can help to create a food map of the world, plus explore fabulous foods, share recipes, and add a slice of your own culinary heritage.

Also on Saturday, September 8 at Ipswich Museum take part in a fun quiz trail and learn more about how people came to Ipswich and the Ipswich story, as well as the chance to make your own exotic animal.

On Sunday September 9 delve into Christchurch Mansion's rich past when you can hear fabulous kitchen tales. Meet the servants who worked in Christchurch Mansion during Victorian times and listen to their fascinating stories about how they came to Ipswich to work for the Fonnereau family and what their lives were like.

On Sunday September 9 in Christchurch Park with a family fun day. Take part good old-fashioned family sports, plus listen to the band, and find out about the games people played, from hopscotch to hula-hoops.

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