Wolsey's Ipswich Exhibition

Explore the life and legacy of Cardinal Thomas Wolsey.

As part of the Wolsey 550 project our summer exhibition explores the life and legacy of Cardinal Thomas Wolsey during the 550th anniversary of his birth. 

Born and raised in Ipswich, Wolsey rose from humble beginnings to become the most powerful man in England, working alongside King Henry VIII.  This exhibition will unearth a story of ambition, aspiration, and the ability for anyone to succeed.  

Featuring archive treasures from our own collection in addition to some spectacular loaned exhibits including Thomas Wolsey’s original Cardinal hat on loan from Christ Church College, Oxford.  

Exploring different depictions of Thomas Wolsey throughout history the exhibition will also include an original copy of Shakespeare’s first folio, on loan from Trinity College Cambridge, to coincide with Folio 400 which marks 400 years since the first printed collection of Shakespeare’s work.  

Suitable for all ages, come and explore the complex and inspiring story of Ipswich’s most famous son.

Part of the Thomas Wolsey 550 celebrations. 


Entry is FREE. Booking your space(s) is optional required to guarantee entry: www.ticketsource.co.uk/...


Go beyond the displays with a special tour from our exhibition team. Find out more details about the exhibition and pose any questions you have to the team. Ticket includes tour and exhibition admission. 

General Admission: £5pp
Students/Concessions: £4pp

Book online: www.ticketsource.co.uk/...


The Hold, Fore Street, Ipswich, IP4 1LN


The Hold


14/07/2023 - 29/10/2023