Object of the Month – June 2020

June’s Object of the Month celebrates Volunteers’ Week. These fossils have been cleaned and recorded by two dedicated geology volunteers, helping to audit the thousands of fossils held in the Museum’s stores. The project is suspended at the moment, but we all look forward to getting back together when times are better. These fossils are… Read More »

National Volunteer Week – June 2020

The first week of June is National Volunteer Week.  With the Museum still closed due to the covid-19 lockdown, we’re really missing you all especially our amazing volunteers, who are all integral to the museum’s diverse activities. We thank you all for your on-going support.  Here’s a message from us to you for #NationalVolunteerWeek  –… Read More »

The Shape of Women: Female Fashion Silhouette – Part 2 (c. 1900-Present Day)

Our Collections Officer (Human History), Jenny Oxley has a real passion for vintage fashion, check out Part 2 of her blog charting the changes in the female fashion silhouette, this time covering the period between 1900 and the present day – illustrated through the museum’s collections. Follow this link for the PDF version The Shape of… Read More »

“The Shape of Women” : Corsets & Crinolines

Our Collections Officer (Human History), Jenny Oxley has a real passion for vintage fashion, check out her latest blog, charting the changes in the female fashion silhouette between 1790 and 1900 – Corsets and Crinolines – illustrated through the museum’s collections. Follow this link for the PDF version The Shape of Women – Part 1:… Read More »

Identification – flint, fossil sponge

In Essex and south east England, almost every pebble on the beach and in gardens is flint. It’s a hard rock found in the Chalk, a soft, white, limestone layer that is up to 200m (600 ft) thick in north Essex and Cambridgeshire. In north west Essex, this chalk is between 90 million and 66… Read More »

Object of the Month – May 2020

May’s ‘Object of the Month’ features a selection of Hawk-moths. They have been chosen by Sarah Kenyon, one of the Natural Sciences Officers at Saffron Walden Museum, from moths preserved in a wooden cabinet of British moths. It belonged to George Stacey Gibson of Saffron Walden who collected the insects before 1883. Display of Hawk-moths… Read More »

Museum From Home – Thursday 30th April

Saffron Walden Museum may be closed temporarily to the public due to the Covid-19 pandemic, but staff are still busy working behind the scenes, creating online resources for those home schooling and self-isolating. Regular posts on the museum social media platforms and monthly e-newsletter continue to entertain and inform. A new blog has been developed… Read More »

Identification – cattle hock bone

Cattle right-side calcaneus (heel bone) The calcaneus in humans is the heel bone, and is the first point of contact with the floor when we walk. However, cattle are ‘nail-walkers’ – walking on the very tips of their toes with the rest of the foot held off the ground. This means the first joint from… Read More »

Keep in Touch – Introducing our new Blog! & Sign up to our monthly E-News

In these unprecedented times it’s more important than ever that we all stay in touch. In addition to our regular E-News update, our website and social media platforms, we’ve introduced a new blog for the Museum.  It is being setup to share our learning resources more effectively whilst we are closed to the public. CHECK OUT… Read More »