Current Exhibition

From the Hazely Brick Earth:
Agriculture in North-West Essex

27 January 2018 – 29 July 2018

 A look at rural life and trades in north-west Essex from the past to the present.

“Hazely Brick Earth” is an old Essex dialect term for the rich soil found in Essex. This soil has provided livelihoods for Essex people through agriculture and rural trades for centuries. This exhibition will explore how agriculture and rural trade has changed, or continued in its traditions, from the past to the present day. 
Through photographs and objects from the museum’s social history collection, the exhibition will explore the importance of rural trades, such as thatching, malting, crop production and animal husbandry, to this north-west corner of Essex. Alongside this, contemporary photographs and stories from our local community will illustrate how things differ today. 
With thanks to our participants – RAGT Seeds, James Carter, West Essex Saddlery and Great Clerkes Farm Foods – and to Saffron Drones for their support, and to RAGT Seeds and NFU Mutual for their generous sponsorship.