If you are planning to join the thousands of people who have flocked to see the temporary Wolsey’s Ipswich exhibition at The Hold, please don’t delay as the exhibition will be drawing to a close on 29th October.
The exhibition is a central feature of the celebrations to mark the 550th anniversary of one of Ipswich’s most famous sons.
For many visitors, the highlight is the rare opportunity to see the actual galero hat which was granted to by the Pope when he appointed him as a cardinal over 500 years ago.
Normally the hat is kept in the library of Christ Church in Oxford which is not routinely open to the public so, thanks to the generosity of the college, Suffolk people have this unique opportunity.
The exhibition also features treasures from Suffolk Archives and items loaned from other organisations. It also includes different depictions of Wolsey ranging from a First Folio of Shakespeare’s collected plays, on loan from Trinity College Cambridge featuring the play Henry VIII, to posters from the 1930 Wolsey pageant which took place in Ipswich with over a thousand participants and an audience of over 25,000 people.
There’s something for the whole family with opportunities for youngsters to try on period costumes.
One visitor told us: “It was our first visit to The Hold and we were blown away by the exhibition and the building. We had no idea there was a little café on site and I learnt so much about Wolsey and his college.”
Tickets for the exhibition can be booked online or in person at The Hold. If there is space, walk-up visitors can often be accommodated. It is free and open most days although does close for an hour at lunchtime.
To find out more and book your tickets see: https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/whats-on/ipswich/suffolk-archives-at-the-hold
There is also an exclusive opportunity to explore the exhibition with a knowledgeable guide on the 7th and 18th of October. This must be pre-booked and tickets cost £5 (free for carers/personal assistants and £4 for students and those registered unemployed.)