Past Exhibitions

Exhibitions 2019/2021

Please note: The museum was closed due to covid restrictions between March 2020 and May 2021, with the exception of 2 limited opening weeks in December 2020.  


From Death Masks to Diaries
16 November 2019 – 22 March 2020

An exhibition exploring the many faces of portraiture.  Visitors discovered how portraits have been used through the centuries, from paintings and busts to photos, diaries, death masks and finger prints.  The exhibition brought together new objects to create a portrait of Uttlesford now, reflecting the diverse lives of local people in the 21st century.


Take Away the Walls
25 May 2019 – 3 November 2019

An exhibition for health, happiness and wildlife.


Living with History
16 February 2019 – 12 May 2019

Discover the ancient origins of Uttlesford’s market towns and other main centres from Roman to medieval times


Exhibitions 2018

Collections Re-Crafted
6 October 2018 – 3 February 2019

40 Textile Artworks by 30 artists, inspired by Saffron Walden
and the Museum’s outstanding collections. The artworks cover a range of themes including the Saffron Crocus, Collecting & Connecting, People & Place, Naturally Inspired and Objects in Time. Bespoke and intricate textile artworks available at affordable prices.

Current ExhibitionWorlds Under Glass: Adventures in Taxidermy
11 August – 23 September 2018

This exhibition explored the history of Taxidermy from its crude beginnings to its Victorian heyday – science, decline and revival.  The exhibition combined examples of taxidermy which could be considered crude in their technique, as well as impressive displays of exotic birds and study skins, to modern examples of taxidermy which captured the character of specimens with incredible accuracy.

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

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. 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.  


Exhibitions 2017

Life in the Ice Age
12 August 2017 – 12 January 2018

Life in the Ice Age explored the ice ages in Britain and featured a life-size Stone Age man, as well as a sabre-toothed cat and European wolf from the Travelling Natural History Museum. 


Completing the Look: 300 Years of Fashion Accessories
28 January – 30 July 2017

Completing the Look featured beautiful accessories dating from the early 1700s to the 1970s, exploring how fashion is affected by social, cultural and political changes. 


Exhibitions 2016


Magna Carta
16 July 2016 – 15 January 2017

Magna Carta was a touring exhibition from Castle Hedingham Parish Council, exploring the importance of Magna Carta for in medieval Essex. 


Ocean_World_poster_FINALOcean World
20 February – 3 July 2016

Ocean World offered an opportunity to discover giant and tiny sea creatures in a marine exhibition, created with the Travelling Natural History Museum. 

Exhibitions 2015

visions-posterVisions of the World
14 February – 16 August 2015

Visions of the World was a touring exhibition from the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) showcasing some of the most spectacular images taken by travellers, explorers and scientists.


Uttlesford: A Community of Collectors
29 August 2015 – 7 February 2016.

We discovered the collections of ordinary people in our local community in Uttlesford: A Community of Collectors,  the result of a special collaborative project between the museum and our community. 

Exhibitions 2014

NW Essex at warNorth West Essex at War
2 August – 1 February 2015.

To mark the centenary of World War I, we hosted an exhibition showing how both the First and Second World Wars affected the people of North West Essex.


Secrets from the StoresSecrets from the Stores
8 March – 20 July 2014

We delved into our stores to bring to light some of the many fascinating objects from our Museum stores that are not on display.