An exhibition at the Reg Driver Visitor Center, looking at the history of the Cobbold family in Ipswich, and the enduring story of Margaret Catchpole, was inaugurated on the 8th April, and will continue until the 10th April 2012. The driving force behind the exhibition is the Cobbold Family History Trust, and its Keeper, Anthonty Cobbold, gave a fascinating introduction to the event.
He said, “The display includes hundreds of illustrations, and will be interesting to followers of the Margaret Catchpole story and students of local history, particularly those attracted by the Cobbold family’s involvement in the brewery and Ipswich Town FC”.
Richard Wilson, Chairman of The Friends of Christchurch Park, opened the exhibition and spoke warmly of the Cobbold connection to Christchurch Park and, particularly, of the gift of the Park to the Borough by Felix Thornley Cobbold.
The Reg Driver Visitor Centre is open to the public from 10.00 until 16.00, seven days a week all year round, except Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. In the summer months, from 1st May until 31st August, the Centre is open until 19.00, in line with the later closing times for the park.