The Adoration of the Magi, by Reinagle

This 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 […]

Easter opening times

The museum is open throughout the Easter weekend, as follows Good Friday                2pm – 5pm Easter Saturday        10am – 5pm Easter Sunday            2pm – 5pm Easter Monday          2pm – 5pm Don’t forget, you can take part […]

Object of the Month – April 2017

April’s Object of the Month is a male Mallard or Wild Duck. It was chosen by Sarah Kenyon, Natural Sciences Officer, to coincide with our Easter holidays trail (can you find all nine cuddly ducks in the museum?!)  A male Mallard is called a drake.  This mounted bird is contained in a Perspex case on […]

Hoard of coins found in piano

The following press release has been released by the Portable Antiquities Scheme, regarding a hoard of gold coins found in a piano that began its life in Saffron Walden. Anyone with information about the hoard should contact the Portable Antiquities Scheme on the details below. The museum is unable to answer any queries about this […]

Easter Antics at the Museum

Complete your look at the museum this Easter, with our fashion-filled family craft activities! During the Easter holidays, we’ll be running activities inspired by our current exhibition, Completing the Look: 300 Years of Fashion Accessories.  On Wednesday 5 April, you can take part in Mad Hatters and make your own historic hat to take home […]

Victorian fire-screens

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: Victorian fire-screens! This beautiful hand-held fire screen (above) is one of the star items in the Victorian section of Completing the Look. Up until the […]

Object of the Month – March 2017

March’s Object of the Month is a pair of leather and wooden clogs, worn by a nun in the Carmelite convent in Saffron Walden. They were donated to the museum in 2006. The clogs were chosen as Object of the Month by Leah Mellors, Collections Officer (Human History). Convent in Saffron Walden A convent was […]

John Betjeman’s favourite!

Our attention was recently drawn to a recording of a BBC radio programme, in which the English poet John Betjeman (1906-1984) gave a very favourable mention to Saffron Walden Museum. The radio programme featured some letters of Betjeman to various acquaintances, including one written on 15 July 1937 to Mary Adams, the first female television […]

One, two, buckle my shoe!

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: shoe buckles! In 1891, a collection of shoe buckles was donated to the museum by a pair of brothers who ran a drapery business […]

Object of the Month – February 2017

February’s Object of the Month is a dinosaur footprint. It was chosen as Object of the Month by Sarah Kenyon, Natural Sciences Officer. The footprint was made by a young Iguanodon dinosaur 145 to 100 million years ago during the early Cretaceous period. This cast of the footprint was fossilised in chalky limestone rock. You […]