Pacific Arts Association

Yesterday, we welcomed delegates from the Pacific Arts Association’s annual conference to the museum to view objects from our world cultures collections. The Pacific Arts Association is an international organisation devoted to the study of all the arts of Oceania.  The Pacific Arts Association – Europe hold an annual conference, which this year was held […]

Object of the Month – October 2016

October’s Object of the Month is a book called Rhetor, written by Gabriel Harvey and published in November 1577. The book was chosen as Object of the Month by Leah Mellors, Collections Officer (Human History). The book contains two Latin speeches about nature, art and rhetoric. It is one of two books of speeches written […]

Stepping back 1000 years!

Over the past few weeks, the museum has been celebrating and commemorating the 1000th anniversary of the Battle of Assandun. In 1016, the Anglo-Saxons fought the Danes (Vikings), under their leader Cnut, at a place called Assandun in Essex. Cnut was victorious and soon after the battle he became king of all England. Historians have […]

My Museum – Vicky Geddes

My Museum shares the experiences of our staff, volunteers and interns of working at Saffron Walden Museum. Vicky volunteered at the museum for 10 weeks over the summer of 2016. “I volunteered at the museum once a week, from early July to September, to get work experience, as I’d love to work in heritage once […]

My Museum: Jill Knight

Museum shares the experiences of our staff, volunteers and interns of working at Saffron Walden Museum. Jill has various roles in the museum, including Welcome Desk Volunteer, Collections Volunteer and Museum Assistant. “I’ve been involved with Saffron Walden Museum since December 2014, when I arrived as a volunteer to work on the Welcome Desk. This […]

Object of the Month – September 2016

September’s Object of the Month is a fluting or goffering machine, dating from the 1870s. It was chosen as Object of the Month by Emma Bastin, Collections Volunteer. The machine was donated to the museum in 1969. A fluting or goffering machine is a hand-cranked machine used for pressing pleats and frills into fabric. A […]

Delving into the collections

by Leah Mellors, Collections Officer (Human History) I was asked by Saffron Walden Museum Society to give a short talk at their AGM last night. Many of the Society members know that I love to share my passion for social history objects, so this seemed like the perfect opportunity to do just that. I chose […]

Accession registers

Some of the most precious items in the museum aren’t the objects themselves but our accession registers. These registers provide a record of all the objects in the museum’s collections and they are one of the most fundamental pieces of documentation for our museum. We have 20 accession registers, which record all the objects collected over […]

Object of the Month – August 2016

August’s Object of the Month is a dried specimen of a plant called crested cow-wheat, Melampyrum cristatum. Specimens of this plant are preserved in Saffron Walden Museum’s herbarium collection of dried plants. Crested cow-wheat was illustrated and recorded in the first ‘Flora’ of Essex of 1862. The plant was chosen as Object of the Month […]

My Museum: Emma Bastin

My Museum shares the experiences of our staff, volunteers and interns of working at Saffron Walden Museum. Emma is a Collections Volunteer, working with our social history collections. “I’m a fairly new volunteer at the museum – I’ve only been coming in since May – but in that time I’ve had a great exposure in […]