Brightlingsea Museum

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A major display gives an insight into how the people of Brightlingsea lived in Roman times. From the evidence of central heating, glass in windows, decorated walls and the wide range of of kitchen and tableware found locally it would seem local residents enjoyed comfortable living.

Examples of all of these items are on display, taken from the Brightlingsea Museum collection with the addition of important items from Colchester Museum. From Colchester are pots dredged from the sea by Brightlingsea fishermen, and the very expensive food mixer with a lion's head decoration which so impressed Dr Dicken in his 'History of Brightlingsea' (1913 and 1939).

Other displays include the shipbuilding, with extensive photographic displays of the town's two major shipyards, as well as the oyster and stowboating industry. All of this and our permanent exhibitions about our connections with the Cinque Ports and the days of railway in Brightlingsea. We also have a wide selection of videos of different events in the town, some of them going back some while - are you in them?

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Opening hours

Easter to 30 September
Sun 1400-1700
Mon 1400-1700
Sat 1000-1600
Open bank holidays & other times by appt

Closed: 1st October to Easter

Admission charges

Free, Donations appreciated

Collection details

Archaeology, Archives, Costume and Textiles, Weapons and War, Coins and Medals, Personalities, Science and Technology, Social History, Land Transport, Maritime

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.

Anzac Memorial Weekend

  • 17 — 19 June 2016

Friday June 17 - Champagne Reception. Saturday June 18 - Oz-themed Carnival with entertainment, live music, food and barbeque. Sunday June 19 - a Service of Commemoration with RBL parade and wreath-laying followed by an amateur Australia vs Brightlingsea cricket match and afternoon tea. All held on the same recreation ground camped on by the Anzacs in 1916-1918.

Suitable for

  • Any age


Bayard Recreation Ground
Regent Road

Getting there

BY ROAD: A12 - A120 - A133 - Brightlingsea is at the end of the B1029.
BY TRAIN: At the weekend trains run hourly from London Liverpool Street Station to Colchester North Station taking approximately one hour. Taxis are available at Colchester North Station which will take about 25 minutes to Brightlingsea. Alternatively the No.87 Hedingham bus goes directly to Brightlingsea from several bus stops around Colchester Town. (It does not stop at Colchester North station.)


The Saturday Carnival is free and the Sunday Service of Commemoration.

Brightlingsea Museum
1 Duke Street



01206 303286

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