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. 


Super Six pictureThe Museum runs a wide range of children’s activities on Saturdays and during the school holidays.  Come along and have a go at arts and crafts or experience our animal encounters! Visit our Children’s events page to find out more.

The Super6 has arrived

The Museum is once again working hard to save parents money on summer holiday activities.  For £15 a child can enjoy our 6 weeks of activities saving up to £135. Click here for more information and to download a copy of the 6 week programme.

Heritage Open Weekend in Braintree

Friday 11 September

Discover more about the heritage and history of our Town Hall with a tour inside.

Meet at the Town Hall reception at 2pm, please contact the Museum to book and secure your place


Saturday 12 September


Braintree Cage

Braintree Cage

11am -12noon Children’s World War Two Activities and Handling Objects FREE

2pm Meet at the Museum for a Tour of Braintree’s Cage FREE




Did you work for Courtaulds? Are you interested in the Courtauld Institute of Art?

Wednesday 23 September 2015

Time 1pm until 4pm

If so, the Museum is interested in hearing from you. We are looking to find out more information about what it was like to work for the company in Braintree, Bocking and Halstead. If you are interested in sharing your memories and meeting other past employees will be holding a reunion for past employees on Wednesday 23 September 2015.

1pm – Courtauld Employee Reunion

3pm – Talk by Ernst Vegelin van Claerbergen, Head of The Courtauld Gallery, Courtauld Institute of Art

Samuel Courtauld

Samuel Courtauld

In the 1920’s Samuel Courtauld (1876-1947) formed one of the world’s greatest private collections of Impressionist masterpieces, much of which is now displayed at The Courtauld Gallery. This talk explores the formation of Courtauld’s remarkable collection, with reference to the contemporary battle for modern art in Britain, as well as his founding of the Courtauld Institute of Art in 1932.

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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 as well as the annual Open Art Exhbition held in the Museum Gallery. To find out what’s coming up click here,


Magna - WW2 A4 LandscapeUncover Braintree District’s varied history and famous figures at our exhibitions. Learn about the role our town and region played in key national events and how the past has shaped the district today. What role did Essex barons play in the Magna Carta story? What was it like to live through the bombing raids of the 1940s? For more information about our current exhibitions please click here

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We look forward to welcoming you soon!

The Braintree District Museum Team

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