After a hectic summer of touring the borough with a mobile exhibition, talks, a heritage fair, two concerts and the awarding of a dozen grants, you might be forgiven for thinking that events to celebrate the 550 years since Wolsey’s birth are tailing off.
However, nothing could be further from the truth with exciting events coming up in the next two weeks and plenty of planning underway for later on. Here’s just a flavour of what’s on in the next week or two:
- A play, Thomas Wolsey – The Rise and Fall – written by local playwright Suzanne Hawkes is being staged at various venues over the next week or two and TW55o is proud to have supported some of the performances in Ipswich with a grant. The talented cast makes us all question any pre-conceived ideas we might have held about the man and covers a great many of the highlights of his career. Tickets are selling fast. Some of the performances. For details and to book see: https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/black-white-productions
- If you know someone in Ipswich with children under five, then there is a real treat in store for those youngsters. Local CIC Make Play is running free 45-minute long play sessions themed around Wolsey’s garden. Each session will offer floral craft projects, dressing up and soft mounds to play on. To learn more and book a place see https://www.makeplay.org.uk/home/wolseys-garden
- As part of Spill Festival 2023 internationally renowned artist Olivier Grossetete and his team are coming to our town to create one of his incredible temporary cardboard monumental constructions. And we’re very happy to report that, with help from the local community, they will be building their reimagining of part of Wolsey’s college on 21st October. Find out more here: https://allaboutipswich.com/whats-on/events/monumental-constructions-spill-festival
- On 22nd and 29th October, two talks at St Mary Le Tower church will cover topics which have echoes of Wolsey’s influence and experiences in the church and state. Everyone is welcome – see here for details: https://www.stmaryletower.org/concerts
And of course – don’t forget it’s your last chance to see the Wolsey’s Ipswich exhibition at Suffolk Archives’ The Hold on Fores Street. You can book your ticket here – or pop in as ‘walk up’ tickets are often available.