From 2007 the combining of the Colchester and Ipswich Museums Service has
brought about more funding and investment in both towns. But earlier this
year changes in the structure of Government funding organisations led to our
museums losing out on a bid for Arts Council funding. Transitional funding
for one year has softened the blow but it is still a setback with jobs lost.
The next big development planned is for our High Street Museum, whereby it
would become one of four heritage venues on this site, the others being the
former Art School and the former Art Gallery (one on each side of the Museum)
and shared use of the New Wolsey Studio in St George's Street which backs on
to the museum site. The funding for these developments would come via
successful bids to the Heritage Lottery Fund, bids which will now be phased
over a few years. This completed scheme would be a major cultural and
heritage attraction, so we sincerely hope the bids succeed.