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Explore with Saffron Walden Museum

Welcome to Explore with Saffron Walden Museum. Here we will be getting up close and personal with some of our objects and sharing activities & crafts you can do with us at home! Click "Read More" to find out how...

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We are aiming to post regular new activities for all ages - so keep checking back or alternatively hit subscribe!

We will also be keeping you up to date with our behind the scenes work using blog posts which you can find at the bottom of the page!

We hope you enjoy exploring with us! If you have any requests we would love to hear them - email us at Museum@uttlesford.gov.uk or get in touch on social media!



Recent posts

Part 2 - The Shape of Women - Female Fashion Silhouette c. 1900 = Present Day

Part 2 - The Shape of Women - Female Fashion Silhouette c. 1900 = Present Day Our Collections Officer (Human History), Jenny Oxley has a real passion for vintage fashion, check out part 2 of her latest blog, charting the changes in the female fashion silhouette between 1900 – Present Day - illustrated through the museum’s collections.        Follow this link for the PDF Versionor check it out on the Museum website

The Shape of Women : c. 1790=1900

The Shape of Women c. 1790=1900 : Corsets & Crinolines Our Collections Officer (Human History), Jenny Oxley has a real passion for vintage fashion, check out her latest blog, charting the changes in the female silhouette between 1790 and 1900 – Corsets and Crinolines - illustrated through the museum’s collections.        Follow this link for the PDF version:https://saffronwaldenmuseum.swmuseumsoc.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/The-Shape-of-Women-Pt-1_19th-century.pdfor check it out on the Museum website

Jigsaws!

What could be more fun than a jigsaw! have a go at the ones below by clicking the link.

35Ammonite
36Ceramic Jug










12Egyptian Mummy
42Egyptian Mummy
16Wallace
32Saffron Walden watercolour

Natural Sciences - Keeping up Appearances

Natural Sciences - Keeping up Appearances

Work at the Museum continues behind closed door to prepare for when we can welcome you all back to the Museum. In the discovery centre the trays have all been checked for damage and the Perspex covers cleaned for a perfect view through our microscope. The Beetles tray had some loose beetles, so these have been put back into their correct positions.




At Shirehill the natural sciences store floor has been cleaned and the tracks for the roller racking vacuumed to remove dirt and debris. This should happen once a year to make sure the roller racking keeps working properly. This year we also found a pen and a screw in the tracks.
On the right of the picture you can see two woolly mammoth tusks that residents of this district brought back from their travels during the last century. The tusk on the upper shelf is from Germany and the other tusk is from Russia.


CV Walden : a Community Archive

CV Walden : a Community Archive

We are living through a pandemic which has changed every aspect of the world as we know it. The Covid-19 outbreak has propelled us into history books yet to be written as our lives have been reshaped beyond anything we could have imagined mere weeks ago.
https://saffronwaldenmuseum.swmuseumsoc.org.uk/cv-walden-a-community-archive/
There is a great deal that we can do to help future generations to understand the impact of Covid-19 on communities such as ours. You can play your own valuable part in contributing to awareness of the sociological, psychological and economic impact of this disease. Saffron Walden Museum, in conjunction with Saffron Walden Tourist Information Centre is encouraging local people to submit their own experiences of this unprecedented crisis in the form of written articles (including diaries or poetry), photographs, art, music or film. Submissions will be curated by Jenny Oxley, the Museum’s Collections Officer (Human History), and…

Good News: Snapping the stiletto

Good News!
"Snapping the Stiletto" - Community Heritage project
Essex County Council's ‘Snapping the Stiletto’ - phase 2 project (of which will be part) has received a generous National Lottery Heritage Fund grant of over £200,000, to celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women.
‘Snapping the Stiletto’ will work with Saffron Walden Museum, the Museum of Power, Maldon Museum in the Park and Southend Museums’ Service and a broad range of community partners. The Essex ‘Snapping the Stiletto’ project aims to showcase the lives and stories of working-class women and Essex’s LBGTQ+ and diverse communities from the last hundred years, to highlight unsung heroes and celebrate those who helped to campaign for equal rights.  The project will work with communities across Essex to collect accounts and build a narrative to look at how women’s lives have changed from the Representation of the People Act 1918 to the Equal Pay Act 1970 to culminate in exhib…

Collections on the move!

Today our team have been carrying out some important collections management work here at Saffron Walden Museum. Our natural history store is being resealed to stop unwanted visitors such as clothes moths and carpet beetles getting into to the store and munching the collections! Here you can see Sarah and Fiona moving an empty entomology case and the trays of beautiful butterflies which have been taken out for safe keeping. You might be wondering why they are holding torches? Well we also had an emergency light test today - which meant all the lights had to be turned off. Thankfully they are back on now!