Welcome to Saffron Walden Museum Society
Saffron Walden Museum Society is a voluntary charitable organisation that owns the museum building – thought to be one of the oldest purpose-built local museums in the country. It also owns the extensive collections in the museum which contains items of international relevance, as well as a wealth of local and other British objects and specimens. The Museum Society frequently acquires additional artefacts to complement the existing collections, especially when these reflect a strong local connection or interest.
The Museum Society provides an active programme of talks and events for its members throughout the year. It also acts as the ‘Friends organisation’ supporting the museum service.
The museum service itself is run by Uttlesford District Council in partnership with the Museum Society for the benefit of the whole of Uttlesford.
The Museum is closed to the public on Mondays, but will open on Bank Holiday Monday afternoons 2.00 – 5.00pm. Opening hours on other days are – Tuesday – Saturday 10.00 – 5.00pm, Sundays and Bank Holidays 2.00 – 5.00pm, with a winter closing time of 4.30pm November – February.
Entrance is usually £1.50 for those over 18 or 75p for concessions, £5 for an annual season ticket, but of course, membership of the Museum Society gives you free entrance.
Map and directions
Please note that car parking at the Museum is very limited and intended principally for people with disabilities, staff and those on museum business. Public car parking is available at Pay and Display bays on-street and in the main car parks, further details can be seen on the Uttlesford Council website which lists the car parks, their charges, and offers a map that you can download.
Service Restrictions while we move to the new store.
Museum staff and a specially recruited team of volunteers are in the midst of the huge task of packing and listing thousands of stored objects and specimens ready for the move to our new Shirehill store next year. This will be a huge undertaking, and will take most of our time into 2016, so please bear with us while some enquiry and identification services are suspended.
Until further notice we have to suspend the following services;
- Enquiries about collections, loans and reproduction of images from the collections
- Access to stored collections
- Offers of objects or specimens for the collections.
We apologise for any inconvenience that this may cause. Our new store will bring big, long-term benefits in the way that we care for and provide access to all the Museum’s collections in the future, so watch out for announcements in the spring of 2015.
The Museum’s activity programme and service to schools will continue with some restrictions.
Please look at our “Future Plans” page for further information about the new store.
Support the Museum Society
If you would like to support the work of the Museum Society, please Click here for our Donation Form
Saffron Walden Museum Service
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