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Colchester + Ipswich Museums launch online catalogue of collections

PUBLISHED: 1 December 2020

Date issued: 1 December 2020

Discover Colchester + Ipswich Museums collections, through its new Collections Online catalogue.  

For the first time, the public will be able to step back in time and access Colchester + Ipswich Museums entire collection online. The online database includes thousands of records of natural and manufactured objects from the last 65 million years. 

This exciting new resource will prove invaluable for anyone wanting to find out more about Colchester and Ipswich’s rich heritage. It is free to use and no registration is required. Search for high-definition images of individual objects, zoom-in, examine and even print out images for reference.

If you don’t know where to start, our experts have curated a number of collections based on popular subjects and requests. These collections enable the user to discover objects and really delve deep into the narrative of the artefact's origin. Discover past exhibitions, Boudica’s destruction of Colchester, Colchester through time, and even Victorian taxidermy. The team will be adding new collections regularly, so it’s advisable to check back for new content.

For those who wish to delve deeper, the detailed search function enables you to discover collections by keywords, dates, materials and other advanced search options. 
During December, our curators will be sharing some star objects from the collections on social media @ColchesterMuseums on Facebook and @ColMuseums on Twitter, to give a flavour of what is waiting to be discovered. To access Colchester + Ipswich Museums Collections Online please visit 

Councillor Julie Young, Portfolio Holder for Culture and Performance and Deputy Leader of the Council, said: “The launch of our collections online is a tremendous step in making Colchester’s history accessible to the public. As custodians and protectors of our rich heritage, it’s an invaluable resource.

“I’d like to invite everyone to head online and discover the remarkable collections. I’d recommend starting with Roman Colchester artefacts and lose yourself in the past.” 

Page last reviewed: 1 December 2020


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