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. 

Nature day poster

National Touring Exhibition coming to Braintree in November

Magna Carta Embroideries

10 – 29 November 2015

Special Launch event 9 November 2015

Runnymede hi res

We are very pleased to be hosting a national touring Magna Carta embroidery exhibition in November 2015 designed by one of the country’s top embroiderers – Rhoda Nevins. The Magna Carta 800th Embroidery panels tell the story of how the Barons persuaded King John to agree to Magna Carta, arguably the most important legal document in our history, laying the foundation for justice and freedom, not only in this country but throughout the world.

Launch event

The exhibition will be opened at a special event on Monday 9 November from 3pm when Rhoda will be giving a talk on the creation of the embroideries. Tickets to the launch will cost £5 and must be purchased in advance. Please call 01376 328868 or email info@braintreemuseum.co.uk

Please click here for full details


Current Exhibition:

Medieval Toil and Trouble: 

Castle Hedingham – Magna Carta

22 September 2015 – 30 January 2016

Click on the flyer below for more information

Magna Carta

John Ray Nature Day

28 November 2015

10am – 4pm

Join us for a day of talks, workshops and family activities to celebrate the anniversary of the birth of John Ray, father of natural history, in conjunction with the John Ray Trust.

Ray was born in Black Notley, the son of the village blacksmith, but went on to found natural history as a scientific, experiment-based and university-worthy subject in Britain.

FREE Drop in activties all day:

  • Have a go at our birdsong and animal sounds test – can you identify the bird or animal from their call?
  • Discover insects under the microscope
  • Make a seedball for the wild birds in your gardenalamanda
  • Explore the John Ray Gallery activities
  • Investigate our live wormery


  • Essex Rock and Mineral Society Fossil Display
  • Meet Alamanda Therapy’s two American Minature horses
  • John Ray Trust
  • North East Essex Badger Group
  • Meet local Guide Dogs for the Blind
  • Braintree District Council Landscape Services
  • Braintree and Bocking Public Gardens



Talks and Workshop Program

All the talks and workshops come under one great ticket prices of £6.50 for adults, £3.50 for children. You can then book on as many sessions as you wish.

To buy tickets in advance please call 01376 328868

10:30am Introduction to John Ray with Roger Tabor – TV naturalist

11:30am John Ray’s European Travels with Francis Willughby and Martin Lister with Dr Anna Marie Roos – Lincoln University

1:30pm A Year in the Wildlife of Bocking with Alexander Bass

2:30pm John Ray’s Legacy for the 21st Century with Malcolm Bryan

11:30am – 12:30pm Wildlife Illustration Workshop

Pen and Ink workshop with Alexander Bass, biodiversity and wildlife tutor for the WEA Eastern Region (advance booking advise)

To download a copy of the event flyer please click here

Nature Day Front

Nature Day - Inside




Adult Eventsjeffshort

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

October 2015 Newsletter

To sign up to the Braintree Museum Newsletter, please fill out the form below:



Nature Day Front