Collections Focus: 1514 Charter

This beautiful illuminated 1514 Charter can be seen on display in the museum’s Local History gallery. Here are a few facts about what is contained in the charter… When Henry VII came to the throne in 1485, he introduced charges for traders, brewers and bakers in Saffron Walden. The townspeople were not happy about this,… Read More »

Object of the Month – January 2022

Ptarmigan in Winter Plumage Our ‘Object of the Month’ for January is a Ptarmigan in white winter plumage. This bird was collected between 1835 and 1899, after Saffron Walden Museum opened in 1835 and before the end of the nineteenth century. It is a stuffed specimen mounted on an imitation rock with a painted wooden… Read More »

Collections Focus: John Harvey’s Carved Mantlepiece (c.1570)

  In 1855, Robert Driver Thurgood, decided to demolish his mansion in the centre of Saffron Walden, between Market Street (Market End) and Common Hill, to sell the land to provide additional space for the town’s cattle market. The house was one of several previously owned by John Harvey (d. 1593). Harvey was a gentleman… Read More »

Object of the Month – December 2021

1914 Christmas Gift Box for the Troops The Museum’s ‘Object of the Month’ provides an opportunity to  explore interesting and unusual objects from our stores. December’s Object of the Month chosen by Jenny Oxley, Collections Officer (Human History) is a Princess Mary Christmas gift box, an embossed and monogrammed tin which was intended to be… Read More »

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Historic Walking Tour – the Radical Women of Saffron Walden

  Wednesday 10th November, 10am-12.30noon or Saturday 13th November, 10am-12.30noon Historic creative writing walks with author Hannah Jane Walker on the theme of local radical non-conformist women through time. This is a free event, though standard admission charges still apply to the museum (adult: £2.50; concessions: £1.25; children: free). The walk will be exploring radical… Read More »

Object of the Month – November

The Museum’s ‘Object of the Month’ provides an opportunity to explore interesting and unusual objects from our stores.  November’s Object of the Month is a bronze and iron lynch pin from an Iron Age chariot wheel, chosen by our Curator Carolyn Wingfield.  It is at least 2,000 years old and was found in Radwinter parish by… Read More »

Hair-Raising Half-Term Activities & Revised Opening Hours

Our click and collect activity packs bring our usual holiday craft and learning activities to your home! Each pack contains the materials you need plus exciting stories from our collections. Please note you will need basic craft materials such as paint, scissors and glue and masking tape. Get ready for Halloween with our hair-raising half… Read More »

Object of the Month – October

October’s Objects of the Month are pieces of fossilised plants. Fossils can form in different ways depending on where they form and the type of plant or animal. Most fossils come from the hard parts of animals such as bones, teeth or shells. For plants, wood is the most common material to fossilise because it… Read More »