Braintree District Museum
Braintree District Museum
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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.
Tuesday to Saturday 10am to 4pm
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.
- 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.
Archaeology, Archives, Costume and Textiles, Decorative and Applied Art, Fine Art, Natural Sciences, Personalities, Science and Technology, Social History
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.
- Any age
- Family friendly
Normal admission charges apply.