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