What’s on

 

Fantabulous Felixstowe Museum is open!

 

There’s so much to see and do at the museum this year. Throughout the season you can revisit (or visit?) the 1980s, the decade that brought us the mullet hairstyle, shoulder pads, shell suits, leg warmers, ‘Shaddap You Face’ and ‘The Empire Strike Back’ – and also Felixstowe Museum!  We first opened our doors in 1982.

 

For more information check out this year’s new exhibition, as featured on BBC Look East:   Frankie goes to Felixstowe

 

There’s also a new trail for all the family – The Race for Space – and this will run until the end of October.  Our other special events, for children and adults alike, are listed below and to find out about our new exhibitions check out  What’s new in ’22?

 

Stop Press:   We’ve added Saturdays to the days we are open.  For details, follow this link    Opening hours & admissions

 

The office continues to be open four days a week for enquiries and research.  Contact us by email or phone.

 

Also coming up this season: there are also lots of great activities on the Landguard Peninsula this year.  Look below or check out Landguard Events 2022 for a complete listing.

 

Our evening talks (held in conjunction with the Felixstowe Family History Society) have now returned to our normal venue, Broadway House in Orwell Rd, Felixstowe, meeting on the second Wednesday of the month. Be sure to check the details below as some of these may be offered by Zoom.  All welcome. 

(reviewed May 2022)

 

Sep
11
Sat
Heritage Open Day event – guided tour around the Submarine Mining Establishment @ Felixstowe Museum
Sep 11 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm

Free guided tour of the Ravelin Block (which now houses Felixstowe Museum) which was completed by the Royal Engineers in 1878 as part of the Submarine Mining Establishment (SME) at Felixstowe. Starting outside, the tour will follow the route of the narrow gauge trolleyway through the building where mines were prepared and tested including a behind the scenes look at the rooms such as the Smith’s Shop not normally open to museum visitors. We will then trace the track to the remains of the riverside mining jetty where the mines would be loaded onto the steam launch ‘Nellie’ to be laid across the river mouth, exploring the various surviving features as we go.

The Shop and Café will be open, but only the museum exhibition rooms required for the tour will be open to facilitate access to behind-the-scenes areas.

Duration of tour:  30-45 mins

 

Oct
13
Wed
EVENING TALKS PROGRAMME @ Broadway House
Oct 13 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

John Field will speak on ‘The Treasures of Ipswich’

 

This is a new talk which illustrates Ipswich’s wide range of buildings and features of great architectural and historic importance.  These include the town’s Mediaeval Churches, Mansions and Halls, its important legacy of Victorian buildings, Nationally and Locally Listed Buildings and the many features and artefacts of local, national (and some of International) importance.   The talk explores the breadth of Ipswich’s rich history over many centuries through its architectural heritage and aims to create greater public awareness of this legacy in the local area and elsewhere.

 

All welcome.  Doors open at 7pm

Oct
24
Sun
Hocus Pocus – Children’s Halloween Trail @ Felixstowe Museum
Oct 24 @ 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Halloween fun for children at a very spooky Felixstowe Museum. 

Search for the witches’ ingredients for potion making and track down those Mangy Moggies.  Solve the clues and get a yummy reward.

NO NEED TO BOOK – just turn up.       Spooky fancy dress encouraged!

Runs on Sunday 24th October, half-term Wednesday 27th and on Halloween itself.

Children £2.00 (includes admission)  Adults £3.00

Oct
27
Wed
Hocus Pocus – Children’s Halloween Trail @ Felixstowe Museum
Oct 27 @ 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Halloween fun for children at a very spooky Felixstowe Museum. 

Search for the witches’ ingredients for potion making and track down those Mangy Moggies.  Solve the clues and get a yummy reward.

NO NEED TO BOOK – just turn up.       Spooky fancy dress encouraged!

Runs on Sunday 24th October, half-term Wednesday 27th and on Halloween itself.

Children £2.00 (includes admission)  Adults £3.00

Oct
31
Sun
Hocus Pocus – Children’s Halloween Trail @ Felixstowe Museum
Oct 31 @ 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Halloween fun for children at a very spooky Felixstowe Museum. 

Search for the witches’ ingredients for potion making and track down those Mangy Moggies.  Solve the clues and get a yummy reward.

NO NEED TO BOOK – just turn up.       Spooky fancy dress encouraged!

Runs on Sunday 24th October, half-term Wednesday 27th and on Halloween itself.

Children £2.00 (includes admission)  Adults £3.00

Nov
10
Wed
EVENING TALKS PROGRAMME @ Broadway House
Nov 10 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Mark Bathurst will speak on ‘The Medway Queen – the heroine of Dunkirk’

Paddle Steamer Medway Queen was built in Scotland in 1924, for the New Medway Steam Packet Company of Rochester. The Medway Queen is the last of the estuary paddle steamers that were built to take passengers on day trips on the Thames and Medway Estuaries, calling at locations such as Southend, Herne Bay and Margate.  At the outbreak of the Second World War she was commissioned into the Royal Navy and became a minesweeper, joining the 10th minesweeping flotilla, but she was so much more . . .

 

All welcome.  Doors open at 7pm. 

 

 

Dec
8
Wed
EVENING TALKS PROGRAMME @ Broadway House
Dec 8 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Charlie Haylock will give us his new talk ‘Charlie and The Dig’

This is a talk about his experience of coaching the actors in the nuances of the Suffolk dialect during the making of the recently released film on Netflix.

 

Bookings are required for this talk.  Email fxfhs@hotmail.com with the subject line ‘Charlie Haylock – talk’.   Please email as soon as possible as we’ve already had a good response.                       (updated 17 Nov)

Doors open at 7pm.  Come early as Mr Haylock is a very popular speaker!  

 

 

Jan
12
Wed
EVENING TALKS PROGRAMME @ Broadway House
Jan 12 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Gill Blanchard – behind the scenes at ‘Who do you think you are?’

In this talk, Gill relates her experiences of working on this popular programme.  She will focus on her research for and appearances on the Jonnie Peacock and Mary Berry episodes.

 

 

All welcome.  Zoom meeting – 7 for 7.30pm

 

To attend: email fxfhs@hotmail.com with “Gill Blanchard talk” in the subject line. You will be sent details of the Zoom meeting and password in due course.

Feb
9
Wed
EVENING TALKS PROGRAMME @ Broadway House
Feb 9 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Stuart Durrell on ‘The Commonwealth War Graves Commission’

 

Mr Durrell will speak to us about the important and valuable work of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission and its educational charity, the Commonwealth War Graves Foundation.

 

All welcome.  Doors open at 7pm. 

 

 

Mar
9
Wed
EVENING TALKS PROGRAMME @ Broadway House
Mar 9 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Brian Nichols & Charles Wright on ‘The History of Radio Caroline’

 

Radio enthusiasts Brian Nicols and Charles Wright, whose ongoing display in the Felgate Room attracts many visitors to the museum, will take us back to the 60s as they outline the history of offshore pirate radio and Felixstowe’s part in the story.

This will be a Hybrid Zoom presentation, technical problems permitting, for those of you who can’t attend in person. If you’d like to join us by Zoom, please email fxfhs@hotmail.com as soon as possible with {March talk} in the subject box. You will receive Zoom instructions from the Family History Society in due course.

 

All welcome.  Doors open at 7pm.