170 Years Of Ipswich Museums

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  1. Ipswich

    IpswichAdministratorStaff Member

    The deadline for the Ipswich Museums/Ipswich Borough Council "Take Over Ipswich Museums" competition has passed. Ipswich Ltd has submitted an application for an ambitious celebration of Ipswich Heritage.

    We emailed [email protected] on Tuesday for an application form - without reply. Luckily we found an printed application form this morning which we scanned in, populated with text and emailed over!

    Whats the plan?

    With only space for 200 words on the application form we had no option but to be very brief. It would have been better for a more comprehensive proposal format, however, the application form prevents discouraging anyone who might otherwise be interested. It fits the purpose well.

    If we were considered by Ipswich Borough Council to run such event we would consult with various local organisations to make sure the event was truly memorable and would think outside the box.

    Who will run the event?

    Ipswich Ltd will act us the umbrella, under our DMO brand Destination Ipswich.

    We will underwrite the marketing and ticket costs in addition to providing prizes. This will act as our brand launch event - but won't be prominent.

    We will be supported by local organisations, the borough council, museums service and hope to work directly with a charity (rather than as just a fundraiser) who will get 50/50 (joint) branding on marketing materials alongside "170 years of Ipswich Museums" which is the working title for the group running the event.

    (Ipswich Ltd and Destination Ipswich will get small logo credits, likely alongside the council logo and other relevant partners)

    We invite all local organisations to become involved in some shape or form - should we get picked.

    How much will the event cost?

    Exact details of ticket prices will depend on how the event ideas develop and if we are able to attract support from local businesses this could subsidise the ticket prices too.

    It is expected to be around the same price as the last "Take Over Ipswich Museums" event which was successful, although our aim is to raise as much money for charity as possible without overpricing the event.

    Where can I get tickets?

    Tickets would be sold through 170years.com and a select few local independent businesses (a list of which can be found on that website) who are willing to sell them without commission. People wanting to purchase tickets online will be able to do so and Ipswich Ltd will cover the cost of the transaction fee so more money goes to charity.

    We would recommend tickets to be purchased from independent businesses to boost their footfall. Tickets will be allocated equally between participating independent traders - but the website serves those from the wider Ipswich urban area or region who are unable to buy from the shops in person.

    What is planned for the event?

    We went a bit too ambitious... why one event when there could be two?!

    A midday event at Christchurch Mansion (a tour), an heritage tour around the town centre (with best photo competition) and lunch.

    The main evening event will be at Ipswich Museum - fancy dress halloween-style with competition (optional!) - light entertainment, a museum trail and quiz night. Snacks and refreshments included.

    (Less disco... we want to promote our heritage in a new way which is still enjoyable)

    Tickets will exist for both events or either event singularly. The earlier event will occur within normal mansion opening times and as such the number of tickets available will be smaller. Each event is designed to attract a group of people with different interests in heritage and history.

    There are other elements and tweaks to fit around operational requirements - for example the earlier event might start mid-morning. The museum trail could be extended outside the event, as could the best photo (of a landmark, building etc).

    The entire event will be over social media (#170years) and we expect a lot of photos (from heritage features to halloween costumes) promoting the event and Ipswich's heritage.

    Why reveal your plans publicly?

    The last event was very successful and this time round the opportunity to host your own event has received more publicity. We expect a number of applicants competing with us... we had taken the time to brainstorm ideas... if we are unsuccessful, we might as well share the ideas for inspiration for anyone organising a future event next year. (The detailed ideas will be revealed after the competition winner is announced)

    What is Destination Ipswich?

    Destination Ipswich is a new DMO to market Ipswich for its heritage. This brand will launch regardless of winning this competition although we feel it would create a nice follow through of high profile events... Ipswich Maritime Festival (August), Ipswich Heritage Open Days (September) and 170 years of Ipswich Museums (October)...

    We are also working hard on organising a very special Ipswich Day... we hope other towns in Suffolk follow suit with similar.

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  3. OP

    IpswichAdministratorStaff Member

    For the record, I can confirm we had been contacted from someone at Colchester Borough Council (Colchester & Ipswich Museums Service) to confirm receipt of our application.
  4. martinc

    martincFounder Member

  5. dan5

    dan5Founder MemberStaff Member

    I wonder what other groups have applied and what their plans would be? Any ideas?

    I am expecting a Beer&co bar minimum...
  6. OP

    IpswichAdministratorStaff Member

    Announcement was due on the 25th August 2017. Whether that included press/IBC press release that was unknown.

    A week ago they were looking at 'Take Over Ipswich Museums' applications.

    Either they haven't yet made a decision or they have and we haven't been contacted due to being unsuccessful. We have to assume the latter until we know different but I am genuinely curious of what the winning bid is and look forward to hearing the details in due course.
  7. OP

    IpswichAdministratorStaff Member

    No one had bothered to respond to us. It might be that they have only just made a decision which would have been too late to organise what we had intended to do.
    On Twitter it has been announced that Volunteering Matters (previously CSV/CSV Media I believe) have won the competition to hold an event in Christchurch Mansion.

    Sounds wonderful but they are not letting out any of their plans :D We would love to hear them, and how do I get a ticket?
  8. martinc

    martincFounder Member

    bad form then, should have kept you informed..
  9. dan5

    dan5Founder MemberStaff Member

    Never anticipated to be chosen due to politician situation. If it met a shortlist, the "Destination Ipswich" mention would have alienated them. (probably so much they have refused to respond) They couldn't have chosen us as the Greater Ipswich DMO has been given exclusive free reign over the town... and they have received taxpayer grants from the very council.

    I have no doubt they chose on Friday 25th and planned the announcement for this afternoon (well late morning, too keen :D) The ideas above I think are valid but I didn't do any further leg work (i.e. meeting like-minded groups at the time for support) as I already knew the outcome. Colchester Borough Council staff would be alienated by my anti-Colchester stance... being Ipswich should promote itself as the "Oldest English Town" probably pissed them right off.

    Not to mention I had previously written to the council about them breaking the joint museums service.

    The organisation running this event is positive (having moved from Princes Street for being too expensive) and I genuinely hope it is a good event. I will buy a ticket if I can. This said I have no idea what it involves.

    Now this has been decided I can press ahead with NBP, UOC and Ipswich Market sites...
  10. OP

    IpswichAdministratorStaff Member

    Yesterday afternoon, we finally got confirmation that we weren't successful:-


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