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 […]

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

arch’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 […]

Your Stories: Saffron Walden Cricket Club

A new co-curated community display, entitled Your Stories, is now on display at the museum. The Your Stories project aims to give people in our community a voice within the museum. Through this project, community groups, charities, societies and clubs have the opportunity to curate a display with the assistance and guidance of museum staff. […]

Object of the Month – December 2016

December’s Object of the Month is a pottery mould for making sweetmeats and dates to around 1600 – 1700 (Jacobean – Stuart period). It was in a box in the museum store with other odd bits of tile, mosaic and stone fragments, which had been collected by Victorian souvenir-hunters. A visiting researcher and archaeologist, Paul […]

Object of the Month – November 2016

November’s Object of the Month is a flint dagger over 4,000 years old. It has been chosen as Object of the Month by Carolyn Wingfield, Curator. The dagger was made by a skilled prehistoric flint-knapper and its significance was drawn to the museum’s attention by Hazel Martingell, a specialist in prehistoric flint and stone artefacts. […]