Ed Sheeran, the woolly mammoth and heritage in Ipswich

Source: I-AM Project

Source: I-AM Project

Ed Sheeran, the Suffolk-based musician, was awarded an honorary doctorate at UCS last week. The Mayor of Ipswich, Councillor Glen Chisholm, met Ed Sheeran during the ceremony and presented him with a cuddly wooly mammoth (complete with mortarboard). The mammoth is the symbol of the I-AM project (Ipswich Arts and Museum) linked to the redevelopment of the Ipswich Museum and the creation of the ‘High Street Campus’.

Wool-I-Am is the icon of the £23 million I-Am (Ipswich Arts & museum) project which will transform the museum in High Street into a national visitor attraction, bringing together arts and heritage under one roof. The mammoth was
named after a campaign was started by Sara Cox on the Radio 2 breakfast show.

Remains of a mammoth were discovered during the cutting of the Stoke railway tunnel adjacent to the Ipswich station.

Further details on the naming of the mammoth can be found on the BBC website.

Further information about the I-AM Project can be found here.

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