Braintree District Museum

Braintree District Museum
Manor Street
Braintree
Essex
CM7 3HW
England

Website

Visit our website for more information on the Museum's collections and events

www.braintree.gov.uk/museum.htm

E-mail

info@braintreemuseum.co.uk

Telephone

01376 328868

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At Braintree District Museum the story of the District and its diverse industrial and commercial history unfolds. The Main Galleries examine the development of the area from prehistory to the twentieth century, focusing upon the textile and manufacturing industries of Courtaulds, Warners and Crittalls, as well as displays of Castle Hedingham pottery, the work of the Great Bardfield artists and Essex straw and lace. A vibrant calendar of temporary exhibitions complements the Main Galleries throughout the year.

The Museum is housed in the converted Victorian Manor Street Junior and Infant Schools that were built in 1862 and 1897 respectively. The main building is home to the Museum Reception and Shop; Temporary Exhibition Gallery; Main Galleries; Victorian Schoolroom and John Ray Gallery, and opened in 1993. The second building was converted in 2002 and contains the Cafe and the Learning for Life Centre.

Venue Type:

Museum

Opening hours

Tuesday to Saturday 10am to 4pm

Admission charges

Adults £3.00; Concessions/students £1.50; Children free with a paying adult.

Free re-admission to the Museum and the Warner Textile Archive within a month of your original visit.

Discounts

  • Museums Association
  • National Art Pass

The lives of the early people of Braintree District are shown through the Museum’s archaeology collections. They range from Stone Age flint handaxes to eighteenth century trade tokens. Extensive archaeology archives are held from the Roman town of Braintree and Medieval Cressing Temple.

The Museum holds collections of the textile industry that dominated the District, including the nineteenth and twentieth century companies of Courtaulds and Warners. In addition there is a good collection from the Crittall Manufacturing Company who continue to make metal windows in Braintree.

As well as a diverse collection of ceramics collected by the Courtauld family, the Museum hold a distinctive group of Castle Hedingham pottery designed by Edward Bingham. There is also a selection of works by the Great Bardfield artists.

The everyday lives of people in the District over the last 200 years are covered in the photography, local and social history collections.

Collection details

Archaeology, Archives, Costume and Textiles, Decorative and Applied Art, Fine Art, Natural Sciences, Personalities, Science and Technology, Social History

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
Braintree District at War Exhibition Gallery with trench showcases and exhibition panels

Braintree District at War: 1914-1918

  • 5 August — 19 December 2014 *on now

The museum is commemorating the start of the First World War with the exhibition "Braintree District at War".

This introduces some of the key themes of the war as experienced by Braintree people both at home and abroad.

• Find out how Braintree's industries contributed to the war effort
• Learn more about the impact of the war on Braintree's Home Front
• Have a go at our interactive trail
... and much more!

We also have on loan for the exhibition British, French and German uniform, weaponry and equipment. These are housed in our trench showcase, forming a unique display in Essex.

Normal museum admission charges apply (£3 adult, £1.50 concessions, children free)

For more information, please call the museum on 01376 328868

The museum is a proud member of the centenary partnership led by the Imperial War Museum.

Suitable for

  • Any age
  • Family friendly

Admission

Normal admission charges apply.
£3 adult
£1.50 concessions
Children FREE

Website

http://www.braintreemuseum.co.uk/whatson/exhibitions/

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.

Talk: ‘The Hidden Stories beneath your Feet’

  • 22 October 2014 3-4pm *on now

What would you find if you dug down in your own back garden? What lies beneath the surface in Essex and how did it get there? Find out in this engaging look at the geological history of Essex. Ros and Ian are members of the Essex Rock and Mineral Society and will be bringing along a range of maps and specimens for you to look at.
Tickets are just £3 per person, including light refreshments served after the talk.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£3 per person

Full size replica Bristol M1.C Monoplane Scout

WWI Commemoration Event

  • 25 October 2014 10am-3pm

Join us for a day of activities exploring the history of WWI

All day activities:
• Interactive uniform and weaponry displays with the Braintree cadets
• Drop-in family craft workshops – Poppies and Planes
• Replica M1.C Bristol fighter plane
• Family Research Table – Advice on how to research your relatives during WWI

Timed Programme:

10:45am – 11:15am: Braintree Musical Society – Join in with period songs or just enjoy listening
11:00am – 12:30pm: Guided Walk of Braintree’s WWI history – With Mike Bardell. Advanced booking required, please call the museum.
11:45am – 12:15pm: Interactive lecture on WWI weaponry - With the Braintree Cadets
12:00pm – 1:30pm: Try some WW1-style food
1:45pm – 2:15pm: Braintree Musical Society – Join in with period songs or just enjoy listening
2:30pm – 3:00pm: Interactive lecture on Gas Warfare - With the Braintree Cadets
(If any unforeseen circumstances occur these activities and times may be subject to slight changes on the day. Please call the museum for up-to-date information.)

The day has been validated by the Children’s University. Thank you to Kearsley Airways Ltd, Andrewsfield Aviation, Braintree and Bocking Civic Society and TESCO for their support of this event.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£1.50 per person

Website

http://www.braintreemuseum.co.uk/whatson/first-world-war-centenary/

‘Tripping over classical ruins from Rome to Beijing'

  • 19 November 2014 3-4pm

Join archaeologist Max for a journey through the classical world from Greece and Italy to the wonders of Egypt and China taking in some key monuments and sites along the way. This talk is part of our popular 'tea and talk' programme. Tickets are just £3 per person including light refreshments.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£3 per person

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