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

Brightlingsea Museum
1 Duke Street



01206 303286

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