Education Programme

‘Pleasure is to link with the study that the child may think learning an amusement than a toil’ – Thomas Wolsey’s thoughts on learning

A man dressed as Cardinal Wolsey in red robes and red hat, stands next to a surprised woman. They are addressing a group of school children.

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. 

A white man with bald head and glasses wearing a black jumper stands talking to young people seated at tables working on designs.

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.

Hat Parade

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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The Thomas Wolsey 550 project

We’re also working with other locations across the UK connected with Wolsey’s life and extraordinary achievements such as Oxford, York and Leicester, to deliver online schools education packs – for more information about how your school can participate in the Thomas Wolsey 550 project.
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