Welcome to Braintree District Museum

Based in the former Manor Street School building since 1993, the Museum conserves and celebrates the history of Braintree and its surrounding areas, focusing on the District’s industrial and cultural achievements as well as its many notable personalities. To find out more please visit our ‘Museum Overview‘ page, or for more information on our collections please click here. For a map of our location please visit our Visiting Us’ Page and scroll to the bottom. 

Current Exhibition:

Medieval Toil and Trouble:

Castle Hedingham – Magna Carta

22 September 2015 – 30 January 2016


Please click on the exhibition poster below for more information

Magna Carta


 Lake & Elliot Reunion Afternoon

13 October 2015

3:00pm – 5:30pm

Lake & Elliot Reunion poster 2015Join the museum staff and the Lake & Elliot research group for an afternoon with friends and former colleagues. Catch up over tea and home-made cakes, view photographs and other archive material and help us identify former colleagues in the photos.

Guest speaker – Rod Seaman, former employee of Lake & Elliot will be talking about his own casting company of Finch & Seaman.

This event is free but please call the museum in advance on 01376 328868 to let us know that you are coming.

Talk on the Bingham Pottery Industry of Castle Hedingham

14 October 2015

3:00 – 4:00 pm

by Charles Bird

P1030368Incurably romantic, and despite enormous obstacles, Edward Bingham departed from the Victorian staple diet of garden pottery and chimney pots to create a unique and fascinating style of ornamental pottery all his own. He was inspired by medieval and Tudor wares, including the medieval pottery industry at Sible Hedingham, as well as Egyptian, Roman, Greek, French and Venetian designs. His works went on display in Chelmsford, Sudbury and Hertford, and in 1894 he showed his work at the Art and Industries Exhibition at the Albert Hall.

Charles Bird has lived in Castle Hedingham for many years and is a great admirer of Bingham’s work. ‘Edward Bingham’s recently discovered diary provides some fascinating sketches of life in the Lambeth potteries, and in the rural parishes where Bingham did some of his best work’’. Charles will be using this diary as a key source during his talk.

Tickets cost £3. Call us on 01376 328868 to book.

Knights, Peasants and Medieval Marvels

Saturday 24 October 2015

10am – 3pm

Join us for a day of medieval activities and workshops for all ages.

Interactive demonstrations with re-enactment company ‘Happening History’

Magna Carta11:00am – Arming the Knight

Watch the knight get ready for battle and learn more about the history and design of each piece of armour.

Then you can have a go at trying on the armour yourself! Adult and children’s sizes available.

1:30pm – Medieval Weapons

Interactive talk with replica weapons, followed by more opportunities for you to handle the weaponry.

Drop in activities:

- Timeline workshops

- Knight-themed family craft workshops

and much more!


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Braintree Museum holds special events and talks throughout the year. These include our Showtime! events, in conjunction with Braintree District Community Transport, educational talks on the local area and workshops. To find out what’s coming up click here,






We look forward to welcoming you soon!

The Braintree District Museum Team

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