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… Read More »

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… Read More »

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… Read More »

Listening Bench

A set of eight listening benches are being installed by the Essex Record Office across Essex this summer, including this one at Saffron Walden Museum. These benches tell stories and play recordings of local history past and present, through in-built speakers. The benches are part of You Are Hear: sound and a sense of place,… Read More »

National Insect Week

It’s National Insect Week! Celebrated from the 20 June to the 26 June 2016, National Insect Week, organised by the Royal Entomological Society, encourages people of all ages to learn more about insects. There are over 24,000 species of insects in the United Kingdom, with hundreds of species to be found in almost every garden… Read More »