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Welcome to Saffron Walden Museum Society
The museum building

The Museum Building

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Closure of the Museum

Update  5th November 2020 :

The UK government have announced a nationwide lockdown from 5 November until  2 December at  the earliest, and museums are on the list of venues required to close .   We are working hard behind the scenes to ensure that all necessary safety measures are in place for re-opening once the lockdown ends, in line with the government’s updated guidelines.  We will announce our official re-opening date in due course, across our social media channels, website and local media.

Thank you for your continuing support of the Museum.

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.

You can join the Museum Society by downloading the application form from the “Join US” page, or write to us at Saffron Walden Museum Society,  Saffron Walden Museum, Museum Street, Saffron Walden, CB10 1BN.

National Lottery Heritage Fund grant to boost museum’s plans for future
Saffron Walden Museum is delighted to be awarded a grant of £51,200 by The National Lottery Heritage Fund, under its ‘Resilient Heritage’ programme. The museum will use the grant to undertake studies and commission work to determine the best way of improving the museum, and to attract more people to the site, which it shares with the ruins of Walden Castle.

The museum, which serves the whole of Uttlesford district, is housed in its original purpose-built building, opened in 1835. Curator Carolyn Wingfield said: “While it is wonderful to work in such an historic Museum, with fantastic collections, there are many challenges in such an old building, and also opportunities to explore with the National Lottery funding. “We need to make some major changes and attract more visitors. The Heritage Fund grant is a terrific boost and means we can start planning significant developments with the expert help we will need.” Cllr Vic Ranger, Cabinet Member for Communities & Partnerships at Uttlesford District Council, said: “The National Lottery grant is excellent news. With increasing pressure on local authority finances, it is very important that the museum can increase its audiences and income, and develop as a well-used and sustainable service.”

Saffron Walden Museum Society Ltd, which is a charity, is a partner in the project and contributed £10,000 as matching funding. Museum Society Chairman, Tony Watson, said: “This demonstrates the strong partnership between the council and museum society in providing the museum. We are very grateful to the National Lottery and can now look forward to planning the museum’s long-term future and financial resilience.”

NOTES About The National Lottery Heritage Fund

Using money raised by the National Lottery, we Inspire, lead and resource the UK’s heritage to create positive and lasting change for people and communities, now and in the future. www.heritagefund.org.uk Follow @HeritageFundUK on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram and use #NationalLotteryHeritageFund

For more details on this media release please contact Carolyn Wingfield, Curator, Saffron Walden Museum, cwingfield@uttlesford.gov.uk or ring 01799 510333


Visit the Museum

Opening Hours

Saffron Walden Museum will be closed to the public from tomorrow Wednesday 18th March for an indefinite period, as a precaution due to the corona virus and government advice.

Permanent staff will continue to work behind closed doors at the Museum Mondays to Fridays. Some Museum staff will work from home or in relative isolation at the Shirehill store as circumstances dictate. We have told all volunteers not to come in at all, and indeed many are already self-isolating according to government advice.

We intend to maintain a lively on-line presence on our website and social media, tweeting and blogging from ‘behind closed doors’ as curatorial work continues.

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.

The address of the museum is Saffron Walden Museum, Museum Street, Saffron Walden, CB10 1BN.

For Car Parking information click here



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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.

Desk Volunteers

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.

Email: WAtter@uttlesford.gov.uk

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: cwingfield@uttlesford.gov.uk


Saffron Walden Museum Service

Click this logo to transfer to the Museum’s own web site for more  information on current and future exhibitions, the galleries, the programme of children’s activities, and other services.

Latest News

Saffron Walden Museum is launching a new email newsletter to keep you up-to-date with the latest museum news. We’ll be sending out regular emails with information about exhibitions and events and news about our collections. Click on the Logo panel to see the first edition, and complete the subscribe section at the head of the Newsletter page to receive future copies by email.