‘Pleasure is to link with the study that the child may think learning an amusement than a toil’ – Thomas Wolsey’s thoughts on learning
Thomas Wolsey was an educationalist. In founding Cardinal College, he intended to create a legacy for Ipswich. Inspired by this intention, children and young people can benefit from an innovative and hands-on programme, with activities taking place both in and out of the educational setting.
Launched in September 2023 and running throughout the academic year, the programme is open to all primary, secondary schools, colleges, PRUs and alternative provision within Ipswich Borough.
This is a multifaceted programme, consisting of the following key outputs:
- Arts-based storytelling workshops.
- Workplace-based learning experiences.
- Digital learning resource pack to support and enrich the teaching of Thomas Wolsey and Tudor Ipswich.
- CPD opportunities for teachers.
When Cardinal Wolsey’s original hat arrived in England on board a ship from the Pope in Rome, Wolsey insisted that the hat should be paraded in a grand style through London. Therefore, to mark the arrival of Cardinal Wolsey’s original hat to The Hold earlier this year, we worked with local primary schools to create a virtual hat parade – of course we couldn’t use the real hat as it’s over 500 years old, so we had our trusty replica.
You can view the original galero hat and lots of other fantastic artefacts in the Wolsey’s Ipswich Exhibition, currently at The Hold until 29th October.
Hats off to all the young people and teachers who made this possible from:
Springfield Junior School, Dale Hall Primary School, Castle Hill Primary School, Clifford Road Primary School, St Margaret’s CEVA Primary School, Cliff Lane Primary School, Whitehouse Primary School, Broke Hall Primary School.
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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.