Identifying bones at Ipswich Museum
Colchester and Ipswich Museums Service operates a free identifications service to members of the public. Objects that you would like to be identified can be brought into any of our museums so that one of our curators can examine the object for you and produce a written report.
When you bring an object in, we will ask you to provide us with your name, postal address, email address and phone number, which we record on a museum object entry form that we will ask you to sign. You will be given a copy of this form as a receipt which you then bring back with you when you come to collect your object(s). It is very helpful to the curators if you can tell us the background history of the object, for example, where and when it was found or who made, used or owned the object. This type of information can help us provide good reports by offering clues and starting points for the research of the items.
We are normally able to provide a written report within 6-8 weeks but we are not authorised to give valuations. We ask that objects are collected from the museum within 4 weeks of you receiving the written report.
We will take care of the objects that you bring in to be identified and keep them safely locked away. They will be returned to you in the original packaging that you brought them in, however, we will transfer them into more appropriate packaging if necessary. As well as providing information about the actual items themselves, we can also give advice on suitable storage and care of your objects.
Although we are willing to take in a wide range of objects, we are not able to accept objects that are very large or that are in a condition that would pose a risk to Colchester and Ipswich's collections and/or to the health and safety of our staff.
In the past, we have had interesting objects brought into the museums for identification, some having quite special historical, scientific or artistic significance, so we are always pleased to take in anything that arouses your curiosity!