Issue details

OD/18/91 Loan of objects from the Ipswich Borough Council collection

The decisions relate to one extension and five current loan requests of objects from the Ipswich Borough Council collections.


a.    Colchester Castle (CIMS) (LO.2014.09)


These objects have been on loan since 2014 and were originally loaned with the possibility of renewal thereafter for a further period. This request is for an extension of three years to April 2022.


The nine IBC items were identified as positive additions to the new displays at Colchester Castle. In general, all the items have been selected because they tell stories which cannot be illustrated from the objects available in the Colchester Borough Council museum collection.


This loan will be continued subject to confirmation of the insurance arrangements.


For the full list of objects being loaned please see attached document.


b.    Colchester Castle (CIMS) (LO.2018.15)


Exhibition dates 27 July 2019 – 16 February 2020


This loan is for a temporary exhibition, Adorn – Jewellery: the human story, the first major exhibition at Colchester Castle since its redevelopment in 2014. The exhibition will celebrate personal adornment, especially jewellery, and explore the expression of identity through objects worn in and around Essex from the Bronze Age to the 21st century. The exhibition will feature several loans, including material from Braintree, Epping Forest, Norfolk Museum Service and the British Museum.


For the full list of objects being loaned please see attached document.


c.    Palmer Family at Haughley Festival (LO.2018.18)


IPSMG: R.1971.146. Haughley Post Office Mile Wheel.

On display: 28-29 June 2019.


The Palmer Family is celebrating ‘150 Years of the Bakery in Haughley’, near Stowmarket, in 2019 and are holding a display over the weekend of the 28-29 June 2019. This loan is for this a temporary celebration.


The Haughley Post Office Mile wheel was originally owned by the Palmer family. Initially loaned to Ipswich Museum in 1967, the Museum eventually purchased it at auction in 1971.


The object is in store and has not been on public display for some time.


The object will be transported and displayed in a purpose-made box in the local church. It will be collected from Ipswich Museum by a representative of the Palmer family who will be responsible for the safety and security of the loan whilst it is away. The object will be invigilated during the entire time that it is on display in the church and CCTV will also be in operation. The loan will be subject to satisfactory evidence of insurance having been arranged by the borrower.


d.     Sir John Soane Museum, London (LO.2019.01)


IPSMG:R.1997.5.1 Langlands & Bell, Millbank Penitentiary, 1994

Exhibition dates: 26.02.2020 – 25.05.2020


This loan request is for a temporary exhibition, Langlands & Bell at Sir John Soane’s Museum (title tbc). New artworks made by Ben Langlands and Nikki Bell especially for this exhibition, along with loans from private and museum collections, will be installed in dialogue with Sir John Soane’s collection of art, architecture and antiquities. Sir John Soane (1753-1837) was an architect and collector of art and antiquities in the 18th century.


Langlands & Bell, Millbank Penitentiary, 1994 is central to the curatorial vision of the exhibition and will be displayed in a prominent and pivotal location within the museum, in the centre of the Foyle Space. The work is currently in store. It was last on loan in 2009-2010 when it was shown at Norwich and Nottingham. Ipswich has not previously lent to the Sir John Soane Museum, so this is an opportunity to work with a new museum partner.


e.     Colchester Art Society at the Minories Gallery Colchester (LO.2019.02)


Exhibition dates 12.10.2019 – 8.11.2019


Peter Coker (1926 – 2004) IPSMG: R. 1969.49. Epping Forest III by Peter Coker


This is a temporary exhibition of around forty works drawn from the collection of the Victor Batte-Lay Foundation and private lenders as well as some of the permanent Colchester Art


Society collection. This work compliments a second work by Peter Coke in the Art Society’s collection. As far as is known this work has not been lent out before and is not currently on exhibition in Ipswich.


This loan would be on the understanding that the work would be glazed at the expense of the borrower. The Colchester Art Society is a very long-established local arts body with whom the Museum has had links for some time.


f.     McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research. University of Cambridge. (LO.2019.03)


IPSMG:R.2009.46 – Human skeletal remains from School Street, Ipswich (Blackfriars and the Late Saxon cemetery)


Dr Sarah Inskip of the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, University of Cambridge wishes to carry out destructive sampling on four human skeletons that show evidence of leprosy from the School Street excavations. This research project involving the Universities of Cambridge and Zurich aims to explore in detail the evolution of leprosy in the UK and place it in the wider context of Europe. In particular, they wish to learn more about the strains that were circulating at various periods, and how this relates to social factors, including mobility and the fur trade in East Anglia. The Ipswich skeletons are therefore important in terms of creating a picture of leprosy in the East Anglia region.


Analysis of the remains will require some destructive sampling, but the amount of material required is now very low (0.5g) due to improvements in sampling techniques. On publication of the results, genetic data will be made public and open access so that other researchers will not need to sample the material again.

Decision type: Non-key

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Notice of proposed decision first published: 15/04/2019

Decision due: 5 Apr 2019 by Officer Decision

Consultation process

The CIMS Museums Manager and CIMS Collections Working Team have been consulted in making these decisions. The Portfolio Holder for Development & Museums has been consulted in making these decisions.