Museum designers, Mather & Co, have won a new exhibition project working with architects Pringle Richards Sharratt to re-imagine the Ipswich Museum. This National Lottery Heritage Fund project will ‘reveal, restore and reinstate’ features of the original late-19th century museum building, which is next to Ipswich Art Gallery, and breathe new life into the gallery displays.
Mather & Co will be responsible for the new interpretive scheme of all nine exhibition galleries, café and shop experience, bringing a contemporary and original vision to the new Museum full of visitor interactivity and engagement.
The museum is home to an extensive range of collections from natural science to Egyptology, social history to world cultures. Its founder John Henslow was Darwin’s tutor and the Museum contains collections unique to the area and broader pioneering science.
Ipswich Museum recently ran a research campaign ‘Have your say’ which allowed people of Ipswich to voice their opinions and help shape the redevelopment. The museum wants to give the local residents ‘a sense of pride in their town’ and ensure it remains at the heart of the community.
The redevelopment of Ipswich Museum is planned to be completed by the end of 2024.