Audley End House & Gardens - English Heritage

Audley End
Saffron Walden CB11 4JF

Audley End House and Gardens is one of England's grandest 17th century country homes with over 30 lavishly decorated rooms and magnificent grounds.

Braintree District Museum

Manor Street, Braintree, Essex, CM7 3HW
Braintree CM7 3HW

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 20th 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.

Brentwood Museum

Cemetery Lodge, Lorne Road, Warley Hill
Brentwood CM14 5HH

Brentwood Museum is housed in a picturesque 19th century building once a sexton's cottage, and although small it offers a fascinating insight into Brentwood life in the early part of this century, with an exciting collection of social and domestic objects dating from around 1840-1950.

Brightlingsea Museum

1 Duke Street
Brightlingsea CO7 0EA

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.

Burnham-on-Crouch & District Museum

Coronation Road
Burnham-on-Crouch CM0 8HW

The Burnham on Crouch and District Museum is situated on the Quay at the junction with Coronation Road. It is devoted to the history of the Dengie Hundred area.

Chelmsford Museum

Oaklands Park, Moulsham Street
Chelmsford CM2 9AQ

Chelmsford Museum first opened in 1835 in the governor's parlour in Chelmsford Gaol, it has had a long and interesting history. The museum was taken over by Chelmsford Borough Council in 1906 and in 1930 it moved to a Victorian house, Oaklands, which is still its home.

Coggeshall Grange Barn - National Trust

Village Hall, Stoneham Street
Coggeshall CO6 1UH

A small local independent museum located in the centre of an historic market town.It is housed in the annexe to the village hall (formerly St Peter's Hall) which was once a Coggeshall brewery. Collections: The collection gives a good insight into the social history and local characters of this charming and ancient market town, from prehistoric times to modern day. There is a working wool weaving loom, a fine collection of Coggeshall lace and some of the earliest post-Roman bricks in Britain.

Colchester Castle Museum

Castle Park
Colchester CO1 1TJ

A visit to Colchester Castle Museum takes you through 2000 years of some of the most important events in British history. Once capital of Roman Britain, Colchester has experienced devastation by Boudica (Boadicea), invasion by the Normans and siege during the English Civil War. Since the 16th century, the castle has been a ruin, a library and a gaol for witches.

Colchester Natural History Museum

All Saints Church, High Street
Colchester CO1 1DN

Did you know there was an earthquake in Colchester in 1884? Or that mammoths and hippos used to roam around here? If you didn't and you want to find out more, come to the Natural History Museum. Housed in the unique setting of the former All Saints Church in 1957, the museum focuses on the rich natural heritage of north-east Essex. Travel from the open through the salt marshes and beaches to the more familiar urban environments of the park.

Colne Valley Postal History Museum

In the grounds of: The Laurels, 109 Head Street
Halstead CO9 2AZ

A privately owned postal history museum in the heart of East Anglia. The collection has been built up over a number of years by one man and now comprises more than 70 ex-British Post Office letter boxes together with Stamp Vending Machines, documents and associated artefacts.

Combined Military Services Museum

Station Road, Maldon
Chelmsford CM9 4LQ

The Combined Military Services Museum is a state registered charity, which houses an independent collection of British military artefacts, from 16th century to present date. It contains key items from the Navy, RAF, Army and Special Forces.

East Anglian Railway Museum

Chappel Station
Wakes Colne CO6 2DS

The East Anglian Railway Museum is a living heritage site based at Chappel railway station. We are situated on the edge of breathtaking Constable Country and adjacent to one of the largest railway viaducts in Eastern England.

East Essex Aviation Society & Museum

Martello Tower, Point Clear
St Osyth, nr. Clacton-on-Sea CO16 8NG

The East Essex Aviation Society and Museum has been housed in the historic Martello Tower at Point Clear since it opened in the summer of 1986. The Tower is one of the first built in 1805 to repel a Napoleonic invasion expected from France which never materialised. It is also one of the few Martello Towers still open to the public along the Essex coast.

Epping Forest District Museum

39 - 41 Sun Street
Waltham Abbey EN9 1EL

The museum, which opened in 1981, is located in a Grade 2 listed Tudor town house in the historic market town of Waltham Abbey. The service provides a range of exhibitions for the public.

Essex Fire Museum

Grays Fire Station, Hogg Lane
Grays RM17 5QS

The Essex Fire Museum gives visitors the opportunity to take a fascinating look at the history of the Fire Service here in Essex. Housing a collection featuring historic fire engines, firefighting equipment, uniforms and photographs.

Essex Police Museum

PO Box 2, Essex Police Headquarters, Springfield
Chelmsford CM2 6DA

The museum tells the story of the history of the police in Essex from the Victorians to modern day. Our aim is to preserve the history of Essex Police and expand public knowledge and awareness of the history of our police force by collecting, preserving, and displaying material relevant to the history of Essex Police.

Essex Regiment Museum

Oaklands Park, Moulsham Street
Chelmsford CM2 9AQ

Two exciting permanent displays tell the story of the proud County Regiment of Essex.

Halstead Heritage Museum

Mill House, The Causeway
Halstead CO9 1ET

Current displays include transport through the ages, the history of Courtaulds, a look at the famous Victorian stove manufacturers Portway and various artefacts from Halstead and surrounding villages.

Harlow Museum

Muskham Road
Harlow CM20 2LF

The museum is located in the former Mark Hall stables, linked with the Mark Hall Manor House - visited on three occasions by Queen Elizabeth 1 and her retinue. It is surrounded by the beautiful Walled Gardens which were originally the kitchen gardens for the great house and the famous families which lived there. Our four main Galleries tell the story of Harlow over four periods: from recent times and the story of how modern Harlow was designed and built, through the Victorians, Stuart and Tudor times, reaching back through the middle ages to the remarkable Roman finds in the local area.

Haven Plotlands Museum

Essex Wildlife Trust Langdon Third Avenue, Lower Dunton Road
Basildon SS16 6EB

Our museum is located at the Essex Wildlife Trust Langdon Nature Reserve. The Haven Plotlands Museum is a 1930s bungalow and garden that shows what life was like for resident Plotlanders before the building of Basildon New Town.

Hollytrees Museum

High Street
Colchester CO1 1UG

Enjoy 300 years of history through hands-on exhibits and displays. Look out for the dolls' house, it's a model of Hollytrees House.

Maldon District Museum

47 Mill Road
Maldon CM9 5HX

Maldon Museum exhibits items directly related to the district, whether they are domestic, industrial, natural or manufactured, discovered locally or collected from afar. We hold a vast archive of artefacts from Maldon's history.

Manningtree Museum

The Public Library, High Street
Manningtree CO11 1AB

A small local history museum covering Manningtree, Mistley, Lawford and Brantham in Suffolk as well as the lower River Stour.

Mersea Island Museum

High Street
West Mersea, Colchester CO5 8QD

The Mersea Island Museum is an independent museum established in 1976 and occupying purpose-built premises in the centre of West Mersea, just to the east of the parish church. The traditional local activities of fishing, oystering, wild fowling and boat building are represented.

Munnings Collection at Castle House, The

Castle Hill, Dedham
Colchester CO7 6AZ

Castle House, is the former home of artist Sir Alfred Munnings (1878-1959) and his wife Violet. The house, grounds, studio and garden caf?_ are set in forty acres of beautiful countryside in the Dedham Vale on the borders of Essex and Suffolk. This elegant Tudor and Georgian building is now home to the largest collection of paintings by the artist, who was President of the Royal Academy 1944-1949.

Museum of Power

Steam Pumping Station, Hatfield Road, Langford
Maldon CM9 6QA

The museum of Power, set in seven acres of grounds and housed in the Steam Pumping Station at Langford in Essex, exhibits and demonstrates working examples of power sources of all types and chronicles the major roles that they have played in history. The museum aims to provide an entertaining and educational environment in which to explore our use of power.

National Piers Society

c/o Honorary Secretary, 4 Tyrrell Road
Benfleet SS7 5DH

The National Piers Society exists to promote and sustain interest in the preservation and continued enjoyment of Seaside Piers. The seaside piers around the coast of Britain stand as a powerful reminder of the achievements of Victorian engineers and entrepreneurs.

North Weald Airfield Museum

Merlin Way
North Weald Bassett CM16 6AA

The museum will give you an insight into the history of this great airfield, the importance it played during wartime, the people involved, the planes etc.

Prittlewell Priory Museum

Priory Park, Victoria Avenue
Southend-on-Sea SS2 6NB

Prittlewell Priory was founded in the 12th century, and subsequently underwent a fascinating history under different owners before being presented to the town as a museum.

Rayleigh Windmill

Bellingham Lane
Rayleigh SS6 7ED

The Rayleigh Windmill is an award-winning tourist and educational attraction, and popular venue for weddings and civil ceremonies. It is a Grade II listed building more than 200 years old and contains an accredited museum, an exhibition space and information about Rayleigh Mount.

Redbridge Museum

Central Library, Clements Road
Ilford IG1 1EA

Redbridge Museum was opened in 2000. It is the community museum for the London Borough of Redbridge and explores the many different places, people and events in over 150,000 years of Redbridge history. It is particularly evocative of the development of Ilford, Wanstead and Woodford from 1850s - 1950s.

Saffron Walden Museum

Museum Street
Saffron Walden CB10 1JL

Discover a world of surprises in one of Britain's oldest museums, founded in 1835. From local archaeology to cultures of distant lands, from fossils to today's wildlife, from Tudor beds to fine ceramics to Ancient Egypt, Saffron Walden Museum owes the scope and depth of its collections to its long history and many generous benefactors. It stands beside the ruins of the 12th century Walden Castle.

Sandford Mill Museum - The Engine House Project

Sandford Mill Road, Chelmer Village
Chelmsford CM2 6NY

The Engine House project is based at Sandford Mill, Chelmsford's old waterworks, where the museum's industrial collections are stored. In our science sessions we use the museum collections and our own purpose built interactive exhibits to give children exciting hands-on experiences.

Social History Museum

Colchester CO1 1YG

Social history covers all aspects of domestic and social life from 1600 to the present day. Our collections include a wide range of items from art, costume, community history, world cultures and oral history.

Southchurch Hall Museum

Victoria Avenue
Southend-on-Sea SS0 8AD

A short walk from Southend on Sea's busy seafront and High Street, the house, gardens and archaeology are a green oasis caputred in time. Interesting interiors are laid out in a series of period rooms including a great open hall reflecting life in the later middle ages, a Tudor kitchen with magnificent fireplace, and a solar wing displaying rooms in late Tudor and Stuart style.

Southend Central Museum & Planetarium

Victoria Avenue
Southend-on-Sea SS2 6EW

The Central Museum is situated in Victoria Avenue, and houses the main offices of the museums Service, together with the Planetarium and principal artefact store.

Southend Pier Museum

Southend Pier, (Under the pier- Shore End), Marine Parade
Southend-on-Sea SS1 1EE

If you walk along Southend-on-Sea's High Street, towards the sea, your eye will be drawn in a straight line towards the longest pleasure Pier in the world. Standing for over a century it extends 2.158 metres (1.341 miles) into the Thames Estuary, and is a well loved and recognised symbol of Southend and the pleasures of the English seaside. Collections: Exhibits include many items of memorabilia such as an original restored working Pier signal box, a restored ex-Pier Toast Rack tram circa 1890 and train carriages circa 1949 and extensive informative pictorial displays featuring the Pier from 1830. We also have a small collection of working antique penny slot machines and much more.

Stables Centre

Hylands House, Hylands Park, London Road
Chelmsford CM2 8WQ

Hylands House is a fascinating and beautifully restored country house, dating from 1730. Originally built as a modest red brick Queen Anne style house, Hylands House has changed and developed considerably throughout its history.

Thurrock Museum

Orsett Road
Grays RM17 5DX

The extensive museum gallery is housed within the Thameside Complex along with the Thameside Theatre and Thurrock Main Library in Orsett Road, Grays. Here you can explore the history of Thurrock through 40 permanent display cases and 20 temporary display cases, containing over 1,500 objects, interpreting 250,000 years of Thurrock's past.

Upminster Tithe Barn Museum of Nostalgia

Hall Lane
Upminster RM14 1AU

The Upminster Tithe Barn houses a collection of artefacts of nostalgic origin and is located in Hall Lane, Upminster in the London Borough of Havering. It is owned by Havering London Borough Council and run in partnership with the Hornchurch and District Historical Society.

Walton-on-the-Naze Maritime Museum

The Old Lifeboat House, East Terrace
Walton-on-the-Naze CO14 8PY

A 120-year-old former lifeboat house, carefully restored with exhibitions of local interest particularly maritime, urban, geological and seaside and development. Currently restoring a 100-year-old Norfolk and Suffolk-type lifeboat, James Stevens no.14, which is the oldest surviving motorised lifeboat in the world.

Warner Textile Archive

Warners Mill, Silks Way
Braintree CM7 3GB

Located in the heart of Braintree, Essex, the Warner Textile Archive is the country's second largest collection of flat textiles, and narrates the rich history of a great British industry from its roots in the late 18th century to the flourishing success of Warner & Sons in the 20th century. The collection contains nearly 100,000 textile and wallpaper samples, paper designs, documents and other industry records representing two centuries of creativity and commerce.