Help us bring the Piano Hoard home

  In 2017, a hoard of hundreds of coins was found inside a piano in Shropshire. Investigations showed that the coins were hidden by a Saffron Walden resident in the early 20th century. The coins date from between 1847 and 1915. They were deliberately hidden inside a Broadway upright piano by a Saffron Walden resident… Read More »

History of the Museum – Part 3

Preparing for the opening of the museum This is the third in a series of blog posts exploring the earliest years of Saffron Walden Museum and the society that established it. In this post, we examine the society’s preparations for the opening of Saffron Walden Museum. With thanks to Len Pole, who has been instrumental… Read More »

A to Z of Saffron Walden Museum

Our #AtoZ series focused on sharing sides to the museum that some people may not have been aware of before. We went through the alphabet, using a letter a week, and shared something about the museum on Twitter – from our stores, our history, and our present. We’ve put together a gallery of all the items we… Read More »

Behind-the-scenes on a Monday!

Have you ever wondered what staff do when the museum is closed on a Monday? We’re busy behind the scenes, making sure our collections are documented and cared for. An important job to complete when the Museum is closed to visitors is routine cleaning of the museum’s permanent displays. Volunteers are helping curatorial staff to… Read More »

Saffron

  Saffron is famous for being the world’s most expensive spice, with its distinctive aroma, rich honey-like flavour and trademark yellow hue. The history of Saffron is particularly relevant to Saffron Walden, which took its name from the spice. The spice Saffron comes from the flower of the saffron crocus (crocus sativus), and its name… Read More »