WI to take over Ipswich Museum

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    New Women’s Institute group, Cake & Revolution, is holding a special “black tie” event at Ipswich Museum next week.

    The group, which professes to be “more prosecco and body confidence than jam and Jerusalem”, won a competition to take over the Museum for a night and is now preparing for the unique event on Thursday 2nd March.

    The WI members and guests will be sharing the space with Museum icons Rosie, Wool-I-Am and other attractions.

    Prosecco with Rosie

    It is a charity event for a really good cause, however, probably not exactly what many residents had in mind for “Takeover Ipswich Museum..Calling all community groups, clubs, societies and local residents“. Rather disappointing that this event was selected. Of course we do not know if anyone else pitched in and whether they were realistic or viable.

    Lack of aspiration and the bigger picture although I am sure it will be a good night with silent auction!

    Supported by big-girls-blouse Greg Cooper (ex-Ipswich Borough Council employee) co-owner of Beer & Co a local business that is providing a bar and DJ Tallulah Goodtimes.

    I am critical of the decision by IBC to allow this event to be hosted at Ipswich Museum for 2 reasons:

    1. The obvious gender Bias
    2. It should have been more fitting to the location

    I am sure they aren’t going to turn down tickets sold purchased by men and kick out any man seen in sight but every part of this event reeks with the gender bias. Prosecco with Rosie… Female rhino, despite the event being primarily hosted in the Victorian Natural History Gallery which contains (if I am not mistaken) the woolly mammoth – named “Wool-I-Am” (“william” pun or perhaps injection of I-AM Trust, of no more) – male. It is effectively a private event for the Women’s Institute which alienates a large part of society (including many women!) – if the WI wants to hire the museum building in the evening – a rare location – then they should bring in an income to help the struggling museum service.

    I can’t help but think this could have been a good opportunity for tourism and/or educational related event.

    Instead just another social event outing for a members group… another highlight of the out-of-touch council where tourism and place marketing is beyond their capabilities. Could you imagine the High Street Campus concept being used to host such an event?

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