The Friends of the Ipswich Museums


The Friends of the Ipswich Museums (FoIM) are pleased to support the Landscape Rebels exhibition at Christchurch Mansion.

The Friends exists to champion the work of CIMS at their three important cultural and heritage sites in Ipswich – Ipswich Museum, Ipswich Art Gallery and Christchurch Mansion. We do this by raising funds (over £350,000 in recent years) to help our museums to fulfil their potential that otherwise would be outside their financial capacity. This includes supporting acquisitions of new objects (including works by Gainsborough and Constable, and recently a major portrait by Doris Zinkeisen), bringing inspirational and world-class temporary exhibitions to Ipswich, encouraging the public to engage with their museums, and enabling CIMS to carry out capital works to better present the collections and improve the sites for the benefit of all visitors and staff.

We passionately believe that having a flourishing cultural offer is a vital part of making Ipswich an attractive place to live, work, visit and play. In 2019 we won a Government Equalities Office Grant for the hugely successful Women 100 exhibition, and we have recently secured a £150,000 Garfield Weston grant for the ongoing redevelopment of the Museum.

As a charity (no. 1184000), FoIM relies on the generosity of its diverse membership and, more recently, its corporate and individual “Angels”. If you would like to join the Friends, or to find out more about us and our events, please do visit our website

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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