Colchester and Ipswich Museums

Castle Park, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1TJ

A history extending back to the Romans

Colchester and Ipswich Museums is a local authority service encompassing six museums across two historic cities. These include: Colchester Castle, where visitors can explore the national story of Roman and Norman conquest, Boudiccan revolt and Civil War; the Natural History Museum, which focuses on wildlife habitats, biodiversity and climate change; Ipswich Art Gallery, which hosts a changing programme of local and touring exhibitions; and the Tudor Mansion, where visitors are immersed in over 500 years of history.

Colchester Castle, courtesy of Colchester and Ipswich Museums

Museum Trainee

Karl Mercer

Karl Anthony Mercer is a writer, poet, musician and communicator with a passion for improving access and diverse voices in culture and heritage. Fuelled by his working class upbringing and a late diagnosis of autism. 

Karl believes anything and everything can be interesting if you can find the right story in it. But his main subjects of interest are biology and natural history (please ask him about wasps, he will make you love them!) and Roman history; particularly the late Republic and early Principate, and early Roman Britain.

He was the Curating for Change Trainee at Colchester and Ipswich Museums.