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, showing our history, culture and wildlife. 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 website for the Museum itself which shows its Collections and Events can be found at this address saffronwaldenmuseum.org
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.
Visit the Museum
opening times are currently Thursday-Saturday 10-5pm and Sundays & Bank Holidays 2-5pm.
For half-term week, the Museum will be open Tuesday 26 – Saturday 29 October 10-5pm, and Sunday 31 October 2-5pm.
From November, our opening hours will be Wednesday-Saturday 10-4.30pm, Sunday 2-4.30pm
Tuesdays will be reserved for pre-booked group visits by schools and other parties
We no longer require online advance booking.
Please pay by cash or card at our welcome desk on arrival at the museum.
In the interests of safety, we encourage
- Wearing of face coverings
- Maintaining social distance
- Using hand sanitiser
These measures are no longer compulsory.
The QR code for the NHS Track & Trace app is displayed in the foyer for visitors who wish to scan it, but it is no longer compulsory for visitors to provide us with contact details.
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.
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
If you have secretarial skills which you are prepared to use to help the Museum Society, we would love to hear from you. Contact the Society on email@example.com
Freelance Researcher Opportunity
See our Volunteering Page for details of a short-term freelance research post about the names of Birds
Saffron Walden Museum Service
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.