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Colchester + Ipswich Museums

High St, Ipswich, IP1 3QH

About us

With a unique mix of fascinating displays, the latest technology and hands-on activities, there is lots for your family to explore and discover across Colchester Museums’ three sites.

  • Explore the national story of Roman and Norman conquest, Boudiccan revolt and Civil War at Colchester Castle.
  • Enjoy the family friendly displays in Hollytrees Museum, a Beautiful Georgian townhouse set within the stunning Castle Park.
  • Find out about wildlife habitats, biodiversity and climate change at the nearby Natural History Museum.

Career Opportunities at Colchester and Ipswich Museums


Through traineeships, aimed at individuals with no prior museum employment, we are opening up routes to the museum sector.

We want to open up routes into the museum sector and one way we are doing this is through 12 month, full-time traineeships.

Participants can gain transferable skills within a museum, whilst working toward a Level 3 Diploma.

To find out more information about Traineeships visit our website.

Work Experience

When you think about museum staff, you might remember the person who welcomed you or perhaps led a guided tour; you may even imagine someone wearing a lab coat.

In reality, there are many different roles in museums and our team have a wide range of skills.

Why not join us for work experience and see for yourself?

Colchester + Ipswich Museums host week-long work experience placements during the summer, which any student between years 10 and 12 can apply to. Participants have the opportunity to work alongside different staff and support a range of areas e.g. retail, administration, collections documentation, exhibitions and evaluation.


Whether you’re looking to develop skills, give something back or make new friends, volunteering can be a fantastic experience for everyone involved.

Colchester + Ipswich Museums are fortunate to work with a large number of volunteers, some of whom have supported the organisation for many years. They make invaluable contributions in a variety of ways, from working on conservation projects to meeting and greeting our visitors.

Whether you have just a minute or you can offer regular support, we have volunteering opportunities for all. Select your availability and we’ll show you volunteering opportunities to match.

For more information on career opportunities at Colchester + Ipswich Museums visit our website or follow us here on icanbea... to view our latest opportunities!

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