Talks and Events

Events at The Museum

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

12 November

Tumult and Tears; The Story of the Great War through the Eyes and Lives of its Women Poets.
Speaker: Vivien Newman

Talks and Visits from earlier in 2018

Monday, 8th January

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

Monday, 12th February

20 Treasures from Saffron Walden Museum
Speaker: Carolyn Wingfield,
Curator of Saffron Walden Museum
An exploration of how the Treasure Act 1996 has added to the district’s archaeology collections, with a focus on some of the special finds acquired by the Museum over the past 20 years.

Monday, 9th April

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

14 May

Ouse Fen: Building Britain’s Biggest Reedbed
Richard Taylor -Assistant Warden RSPB Ouse Washes

11 June

Happy Birthday to George Stacey Gibson – Aspects of his life and achievements

Jeremy Collingwood, Sarah Kenyon and Len Pole

10 September

Worlds under Glass-Adventures in Taxidermy-

Speaker; Charlotte Pratt,  Saffron Walden Museum, Learning and Outreach Officer and Curator of ‘Worlds Under Glass’ Exhibition at Saffron Walden Museum

8 October

The Queen of Chardonnay  –  Exciting Archeology at Chesterford

Speaker; Jacqui Hutton,  Network Archeology

Excavations on the site of the new crematorium at Chesterford reveal a fascinating history of how our ancestors have made use of it over thousands of years. Jacqui Hutton led the excavations and will reveal the latest secrets of the site.

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