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 £2.50 (full price) or £1.25 (concession), or £8 (full price) and £4.00 (concession) 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.
Volunteering for the Museum
The Museum is very dependent upon volunteers to continue its daily work and to be open to the public.
We need new recruits to our teams of Desk Volunteers and Learning & Activity Volunteers. If you are already a volunteer, or are unable to – you might just know or meet someone who could be interested. So here are at-a-glance descriptions of the volunteering roles, and the staff to contact for more information or an informal chat.
Our dedicated team of desk volunteers work a shift of between 2 and 3 hours on a regular basis, Tuesday-Friday and Sunday and Bank Holiday afternoons. Main duties are to welcome visitors, sell admission tickets and souvenirs, answer the telephone and relay enquiries to the appropriate member of staff.
Contact : Wendy-Jo Atter,
Museum Admin Officer, 01799 510644.
Learning & Activity Volunteers
For those who like working with families and children, an opportunity to help with preparing and running our popular holiday and half-term activities. Because this role involves direct contact with children, a DBS check (formerly known as a CRB check) is essential; this is arranged and paid for by Uttlesford District Council. This role would particularly suit anyone with experience of teaching and helping out at schools or running clubs and activities with young people.
Contact : Carolyn Wingfield, Curator,
01799 510640. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org