Current Exhibition

Museum Closure

Saffron Walden Museum is closed to the public from Wednesday 18th March until further notice, and all Museum events and activities are postponed. This is a precautionary measure against corona virus.  See our website and social media to follow our work behind closed doors.

From Death Masks to Diaries

16 November 2019 – 22 March 2020

An exhibition exploring the many faces of portraiture


All Fired Up :

a history of fire fighting in Essex

in partnership with Essex Fire Museum  (part of Essex County Fire and Rescue Service)

4 April – 5 July 2020

Visitors will be able to explore some of the fascinating stories of fire-fighting across Essex. The exhibits include a wide range of artefacts, photographs, uniforms and equipment which trace the history of fire-fighting from Victorian times to the present-day.  It will also feature private and works’ fire brigades, which were particularly prominent in Essex during the 20th century. 

Along with discovering some of the technological developments which have influenced fire-fighting, visitors will also be able to discover heroic stories of bravery and the human stories behind some of the major incidents which have occurred in the county’s history. The exhibition also touches upon some of the more obscure aspects of local fire-fighting history, including a troupe of fire-fighting scouts, a famous fire-fighting vicar and the story of how an obscure family pet caused a local mansion to go up in flames. 

Click on the links below for a brief overview of the exhibition  – a local fire-fighting timeline! –

  1. Coats of Many Colours: A brief history of Fire-fighting uniform
  2. Introduction to Early Fire-Fighting
  3. Victorian Fire-Fighting Timeline
  4. Easton Lodge (1847 & 1918) 
  5. Early 20th century Fire-Fighting Timeline
  6. The Great Fire at Little Chesterford (1914)
  7. A Brigade Second to None but often fighting a losing battle
  8. Mid 20th Century Fire-Fighting Timeline
  9. Post War and Mid 20th Century Fire-Fighting Timeline
  10. Rose & Crown Hotel (1969)
  11. Thanks & Credits

Your Stories (Community Showcase):

Sawdust Hearts

On until June 2020

Discover a military textile tradition which goes back centuries and find out about how they were linked to the origins of occupational therapy.  You can find out more about the nationwide 2019 project Sawdust Hearts in this short video the group have produced.  Join us on the 9th May between 10.30am-12noon to craft your own textiles to commemorate VE day (£1.50 per person)