Object of the Month – August 2017

August’s Object of the Month is a puppet of the character Punch, from Punch and Judy. It was chosen as our Object of the Month by Leah Mellors, Collections Officer (Human History). The puppet was made by Joyce Sturge, a local artist from Saffron Walden, some time before the end of World War II. Joyce made […]

Cheese Press

This magnificent object is a Dutch cheese press.. It stands on two large feet, with a handle which hooks onto the structure when it is not in use. It is beautifully carved, and the two pillars on either side of it are carved with the image of a lion holding a crest and a bird. […]

Object of the Month – July 2017

 Handaxe from Warren Hill, near Mildenhall, Suffolk July’s Object of the Month is a flint handaxe made and used by an unknown ancient human around half a million years ago. It will be featured in our next special exhibition, Life in the Ice Age which opens on 12 August 2017. Over many thousands of years, […]

Abolition reticule

This reticule is a beautiful but very delicate object. It is made from unlined pale pink silk with a drawstring at the top. On one side, the image of a seated male slave with his two children has been painted in black. On the reverse, there is a poem entitled ‘The Slaves’ Address to British […]


Saffron Walden Museum is taking part in Treasure 20, a partnership project of the British Museum and Portable Antiquities Scheme, to highlight the important contribution of the Treasure Act to public museum collections around the country. Treasure 20 is a nationwide project which celebrates 20 years since the Treasure Act 1996 came into force in […]

Object of the Month – June 2017

June’s Object of the Month is a print of an engraving of Easton Lodge, in Little Easton, near Dunmow. It was chosen as Object of the Month by Leah Mellors, Collections Officer (Human History). The print was published in 1832 by George Virtue, a London publisher. It is a print of an engraving of Easton […]

A Day in the Life of the Museum

For Mass Observation Day on 12 May 2017, museum staff kept a diary of what they got up to on a “typical day” in the museum. 12 May just happened to be the museum’s 182nd birthday! The diary will be submitted to the Mass Observation Archive and added to the museum’s archive.  Here’s what we got […]

Elaborate Edwardian Hats

Each month, we’ll be revealing the history of a different fashion accessory in the museum’s collections, to complement our new exhibition Completing the Look: 300 Years of Fashion Accessories. This month we look at the Edwardian fashion for highly decorative hats. When we think of fashionable Edwardian women, most of us picture an elaborate, wide-brimmed […]

Object of the Month – May 2017

May’s Object of the Month is a pottery bowl made by an unknown potter of the Hopi people of North America in the early twentieth century. It was chosen as Object of the Month by Carolyn Wingfield, Curator. Although we have no records of where the pot came from or who gave it to the […]

The Adoration of the Magi, by Reinagle

his large painting called The Adoration of the Magi is one of the museum’s early acquisitions. It is an oil painting on canvas and it stands at approximately 4.5 metres high and 3 metres wide. The painting is by Ramsay Richard Reinagle (1775-1862), an English portrait, landscape and animal painter. Reinagle was a pupil of […]