Talks and Events

Evening Talks

society_talks_sm_380-2society_talks_380Talks are held at 8.00 pm in St Mary’s Parish Rooms, Museum Street, Saffron Walden.
members £1: guests welcome, £3: young people under 16 free.

Programme for 2018

Talks for 2018


Monday, 12th February

20 Treasures from Saffron Walden Museum
Speaker: Carolyn Wingfield,
Curator of Saffron Walden Museum

Monday, 13th March

Curiosities of the Farmland Museum at Denny Abbey
Speaker: Ann Wise

Monday, 9th April

The History of the Friends’ School
Speaker: Tony Watson, Chairman of Saffron Walden Museum Society

Talks and Visits from earlier in 2018

Monday, 8th January

The buildings of the Palace of Westminster
Speaker: The Right Hon. Sir Alan Haselhurst

Other Events run by the Museum Service

As well as the events that are run by the Museum Society, the Museum Service runs events especially during half term and summer school holidays. A full Listing can be found on the Museum Events page


From the Hazely Brick Earth:
Agriculture in North-West Essex

27 January 2018 – 29 July 2018

A look at rural life and trades in north-west Essex from the past to the present.
“Hazely Brick Earth” is an old Essex dialect term for the rich soil found in Essex. This soil has provided livelihoods for Essex people through agriculture and rural trades for centuries. This exhibition will explore how agriculture and rural trade has changed, or continued in its traditions, from the past to the present day.

Through photographs and objects from the museum’s social history collection, the exhibition will explore the importance of rural trades, such as thatching, malting, crop production and animal husbandry, to this north-west corner of Essex. Alongside this, contemporary photographs and stories from our local community will illustrate how things differ today.

If you work in agriculture or a rural trade in north-west Essex and you would like to be involved in the exhibition, please contact Leah on 01799 510645 or email

See the Current Exhibition page