Teacher Resources

We have a range of resources to support teachers and home educators, from a library of free activity ideas to our remote museum sessions that can hep bring your lessons to life!

Studying local history? Discover incredible objects found around the town with our interactive map, or head to our online catalogue and explore the Ipswich Through Time series!

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Remote Museum Sessions

Fantastic Fossils

Come on a deep-sea journey, to explore the world of ancient monsters that roamed the waters of the earth millions of years ago!

Watch and work with the videos that accompany this package.

Prehistoric Adventures

Come with us on a Stone Age journey inspired by the oldest hand tools ever used by man!

Exciting Egyptians

Come with us on a journey to explore the mysteries of Ancient Egypt….

Learn about the soul’s journey to the afterlife, and discover how long ago this civilisation was – and how long it lasted for!

Downloadable Resources

Key Stage 1

A whimsical illustration depicting a wooden display cabinet titled "The Museum of" with blank spaces to personalise the museum's name and date. Each shelf contains various children's toys, accompanied by thought bubbles prompting reflection on personal significance. The top shelf features a green and yellow toy truck next to a blue elephant plush. The middle shelf displays a colourful toy airplane and a red and blue robot. The bottom shelf houses a brown teddy bear, a multicoloured beach ball, and a set of building blocks. Each object is meant to evoke memories or feelings, making this a creative tool for children to explore and articulate their affections and joys.

Museum Of Me

This resource invites children to create a personal mini-museum display. This activity helps children explore self-expression and the concept of legacy through personal artefacts.

An intricate vintage bingo game card displayed on a wooden surface. The card features a detailed black and white illustration of various scenes, possibly depicting historical or pastoral life, populated with figures in period attire. The numbers 4 through 19 are overlaid on colorful circular backgrounds scattered across the card, adding a playful element to the traditional imagery. The overall design suggests a blend of both functional gaming use and decorative art.

Victorian School Maths

This resource combines historical learning with interactive activities, featuring a Victorian number chart for addition and a “Colour by Multiplication” activity, both designed to make learning math engaging through storytelling and art.

A silhouette of a person taking a photograph with a camera against a sunset backdrop. The sky transitions from deep blue to warm orange near the horizon. Text on the right reads "Photography Skills Composition Challenge" with "Photography Skills" in orange and "Composition Challenge" in large blue letters. In the bottom left corner, a logo with the text "AN EYE FOR LIFE" in red and black, and below it, "Photography by John Ferguson" in black.

Composition Challenge

This resource is designed to enhance photography skills through focused composition techniques. It introduces practical methods to inspire photographers to become more intentional in capturing images.

Scattered Scrabble tiles on a light surface with some letters facing up. Text on the right reads "Fun with Photography A-Z Challenge" with "Fun with Photography" in orange and "A-Z Challenge" in large blue letters. In the bottom right corner, a logo with the text "AN EYE FOR LIFE" in red and black, and below it, "Photography by John Ferguson" in black.

A-Z Challenge

This resource is designed to inspire photographers to capture the world around them by finding objects corresponding to each letter of the alphabet. It includes tips to enhance photographic skills.

White daisies casting distinct shadows against a light background. Text above the daisies reads "Catching Shadows" in orange and "Natural Photography" in large blue letters. The "AN EYE FOR LIFE" logo by John Ferguson is in the bottom left corner.

Natural Photography

This educational tool engages users in hands-on learning while exploring the intersection of nature and photography. It educates participants on the chemical properties of natural dyes and historical techniques of image making. 

A camera on a tripod is set up in a professional studio with softbox lights in the background. Text above reads "Photography Skills Portrait Challenge" with "Photography Skills" in orange and "Portrait Challenge" in large blue letters. The "AN EYE FOR LIFE" logo by John Ferguson is in the bottom left corner.

Portrait Challenge

This resource focuses on photography skills, focusing on creating powerful and emotionally engaging portraits. The series teaches critical photographic elements, encouraging photographers to consider all aspects of the environment and subject to capture compelling images.

Key Stage 2

Ipswich Black History Comic

Designed by comic artist Dan Malone, this specially commissioned piece of comic art tells the story of Ipswich’s Windrush generation and the African and Caribbean contribution to multicultural Ipswich.

Design Your Own Comic

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

A rustic and atmospheric kitchen within a historic building, featuring exposed brick walls and a large, open fireplace where a fish hangs on a hook above a smouldering fire. The room is furnished with heavy wooden tables and a variety of chairs, complemented by a dark wooden sideboard displaying an array of pewter dishes and utensils. The ceiling showcases dark wooden beams, and the stone flooring enhances the old-world charm. A large window floods the space with natural light, highlighting the antique kitchenware arranged decoratively along the walls.

Design Thinking: Victorian Kitchen Treasures

A step-by-step exploration of Victorian kitchen gadgets. Examining an object and progress through a series of design thinking questions. This will enhance understanding by engaging in a creative challenge to design their own object.

A whimsical illustration depicting a wooden display cabinet titled "The Museum of" with blank spaces to personalise the museum's name and date. Each shelf contains various children's toys, accompanied by thought bubbles prompting reflection on personal significance. The top shelf features a green and yellow toy truck next to a blue elephant plush. The middle shelf displays a colourful toy airplane and a red and blue robot. The bottom shelf houses a brown teddy bear, a multicoloured beach ball, and a set of building blocks. Each object is meant to evoke memories or feelings, making this a creative tool for children to explore and articulate their affections and joys.

Museum Of Me

This resource invites children to create a personal mini-museum display. This activity helps children explore self-expression and the concept of legacy through personal artefacts.

An intricate vintage bingo game card displayed on a wooden surface. The card features a detailed black and white illustration of various scenes, possibly depicting historical or pastoral life, populated with figures in period attire. The numbers 4 through 19 are overlaid on colorful circular backgrounds scattered across the card, adding a playful element to the traditional imagery. The overall design suggests a blend of both functional gaming use and decorative art.

Victorian School Maths

This resource combines historical learning with interactive activities, featuring a Victorian number chart for addition and a “Colour by Multiplication” activity, both designed to make learning math engaging through storytelling and art.

A silhouette of a person taking a photograph with a camera against a sunset backdrop. The sky transitions from deep blue to warm orange near the horizon. Text on the right reads "Photography Skills Composition Challenge" with "Photography Skills" in orange and "Composition Challenge" in large blue letters. In the bottom left corner, a logo with the text "AN EYE FOR LIFE" in red and black, and below it, "Photography by John Ferguson" in black.

Composition Challenge

This resource is designed to enhance photography skills through focused composition techniques. It introduces practical methods to inspire photographers to become more intentional in capturing images.

Scattered Scrabble tiles on a light surface with some letters facing up. Text on the right reads "Fun with Photography A-Z Challenge" with "Fun with Photography" in orange and "A-Z Challenge" in large blue letters. In the bottom right corner, a logo with the text "AN EYE FOR LIFE" in red and black, and below it, "Photography by John Ferguson" in black.

A-Z Challenge

This resource is designed to inspire photographers to capture the world around them by finding objects corresponding to each letter of the alphabet. It includes tips to enhance photographic skills.

White daisies casting distinct shadows against a light background. Text above the daisies reads "Catching Shadows" in orange and "Natural Photography" in large blue letters. The "AN EYE FOR LIFE" logo by John Ferguson is in the bottom left corner.

Natural Photography

This educational tool engages users in hands-on learning while exploring the intersection of nature and photography. It educates participants on the chemical properties of natural dyes and historical techniques of image making. 

A camera on a tripod is set up in a professional studio with softbox lights in the background. Text above reads "Photography Skills Portrait Challenge" with "Photography Skills" in orange and "Portrait Challenge" in large blue letters. The "AN EYE FOR LIFE" logo by John Ferguson is in the bottom left corner.

Portrait Challenge

This resource focuses on photography skills, focusing on creating powerful and emotionally engaging portraits. The series teaches critical photographic elements, encouraging photographers to consider all aspects of the environment and subject to capture compelling images.

Key Stage 3

A rustic and atmospheric kitchen within a historic building, featuring exposed brick walls and a large, open fireplace where a fish hangs on a hook above a smouldering fire. The room is furnished with heavy wooden tables and a variety of chairs, complemented by a dark wooden sideboard displaying an array of pewter dishes and utensils. The ceiling showcases dark wooden beams, and the stone flooring enhances the old-world charm. A large window floods the space with natural light, highlighting the antique kitchenware arranged decoratively along the walls.

Design Thinking: Victorian Kitchen Treasures

A step-by-step exploration of Victorian kitchen gadgets. Examining an object and progress through a series of design thinking questions. This will enhance understanding by engaging in a creative challenge to design their own object.

A whimsical illustration depicting a wooden display cabinet titled "The Museum of" with blank spaces to personalise the museum's name and date. Each shelf contains various children's toys, accompanied by thought bubbles prompting reflection on personal significance. The top shelf features a green and yellow toy truck next to a blue elephant plush. The middle shelf displays a colourful toy airplane and a red and blue robot. The bottom shelf houses a brown teddy bear, a multicoloured beach ball, and a set of building blocks. Each object is meant to evoke memories or feelings, making this a creative tool for children to explore and articulate their affections and joys.

Museum Of Me

This resource invites children to create a personal mini-museum display. This activity helps children explore self-expression and the concept of legacy through personal artefacts.

A portrait of a young woman from the 19th century, rendered in oil paint. She has fair skin and wears her dark hair styled in an elegant updo, adorned with a wreath of delicate white flowers. Her attire includes a white veil that drapes softly over her hair and a necklace of intricate beads visible at her neck. Her expression is gentle and contemplative, with her gaze directed slightly away from the viewer. The background is a muted green, focusing attention on her subtle features and the details of her floral headdress.

Victorians In Art

This resource enhances visual literacy and critical thinking by analysing Victorian-era paintings at Christchurch Mansion, focusing on composition, symbolism, and emotional responses.

A silhouette of a person taking a photograph with a camera against a sunset backdrop. The sky transitions from deep blue to warm orange near the horizon. Text on the right reads "Photography Skills Composition Challenge" with "Photography Skills" in orange and "Composition Challenge" in large blue letters. In the bottom left corner, a logo with the text "AN EYE FOR LIFE" in red and black, and below it, "Photography by John Ferguson" in black.

Composition Challenge

This resource is designed to enhance photography skills through focused composition techniques. It introduces practical methods to inspire photographers to become more intentional in capturing images.

Scattered Scrabble tiles on a light surface with some letters facing up. Text on the right reads "Fun with Photography A-Z Challenge" with "Fun with Photography" in orange and "A-Z Challenge" in large blue letters. In the bottom right corner, a logo with the text "AN EYE FOR LIFE" in red and black, and below it, "Photography by John Ferguson" in black.

A-Z Challenge

This resource is designed to inspire photographers to capture the world around them by finding objects corresponding to each letter of the alphabet. It includes tips to enhance photographic skills.

White daisies casting distinct shadows against a light background. Text above the daisies reads "Catching Shadows" in orange and "Natural Photography" in large blue letters. The "AN EYE FOR LIFE" logo by John Ferguson is in the bottom left corner.

Natural Photography

This educational tool engages users in hands-on learning while exploring the intersection of nature and photography. It educates participants on the chemical properties of natural dyes and historical techniques of image making. 

A camera on a tripod is set up in a professional studio with softbox lights in the background. Text above reads "Photography Skills Portrait Challenge" with "Photography Skills" in orange and "Portrait Challenge" in large blue letters. The "AN EYE FOR LIFE" logo by John Ferguson is in the bottom left corner.

Portrait Challenge

This resource focuses on photography skills, focusing on creating powerful and emotionally engaging portraits. The series teaches critical photographic elements, encouraging photographers to consider all aspects of the environment and subject to capture compelling images.

Teachers’ Notes

A dark, atmospheric painting shows a night scene with two bright searchlights crossing the sky, creating beams of light. The landscape below is shrouded in darkness, with faintly visible trees and a few dimly lit structures. A lone street lamp emits a soft glow, providing a small point of light amidst the gloom. The scene evokes a sense of tension and vigilance, characteristic of World War I night-time operations.

Blanche Vulliamy

Teacher pack. Did you know that this noted ceramicist went out at night to draw the searchlights during the First World War?

A woman with dark, voluminous hair and a serious expression is superimposed over a painting of a factory interior. The painting depicts a scene of intense activity, with flames and smoke suggesting a fire or industrial process. Workers are silhouetted against the blaze, adding a dramatic contrast to the otherwise dimly lit, industrial setting. The woman's photograph appears to be from an earlier era, contrasting sharply with the chaotic background.

Anna Airy: War Artist

Teacher pack. Anna Airy was an English oil painter, pastel artist and etcher. She is recognised as one of the leading female artists of her generation – and was one of the first women to be officially commissioned as a war artist in 1918.

Online Resources

Collections Online

 

We hold over 200,000 records of objects, documents, artefacts and specimens: from Natural Science collections spanning millions of years, to a wide range of Social History objects!

Interactive Map

 

Ever wondered about the history of a particular part of Ipswich? Or what sorts of things have been collected to show the town’s evolution?

Explore our interactive map to reveal where objects was discovered, made or have links to.

Museum From Home

 

Looking for things to do? We have a variety of activities to help educate and entertain. Inspired by the collections across Colchester and Ipswich, from art to nature, archaeology to social history, we hope to bring the museum to you!

You can follow us on social media for all the latest ideas, or find our library below.

#MuseumFromHome

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What's On

Events

Browse the diary to discover what’s on in Ipswich, including fun events for all the family, talks, tours and evening events for adults.

Exhibitions + Displays

Our programme draws from Ipswich’s own art and museum collections, as well as touring exhibitions and work by local artists. We also have an incredible array of permanent displays.

 

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