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… Read More »

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… Read More »

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… Read More »

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… Read More »

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… Read More »