A display in our John Ray Gallery has featured in the British Naturalists’ national magazine. The museum has been working with the local Central and North Essex Branch of the British Naturalists Association (BNA) to put on a display about local wildlife. The BNA was formed over 100 years ago to promote the study of all aspects of natural history, an aim that John Ray, founder of the scientific study of the natural world in the 17th Century, would identify with.  As outlined in their article below, the BNA has a long association with Braintree District Museum and we would like to thank them for their continued support.


One of the stunning photographs that currently features in the exhibition. This beautiful damselfly is one of seventeen species in the UK – a great beauty to look out for on country walks near water. (Copyright John McCrindle)

The current exhibition includes stunning framed photographs of local insects and a series of photographs of beautiful dragonflies and butterflies, all taken in Essex. The dragonflies and butterflies have been turned into a gallery slideshow with more information on when and where to see these beautiful creatures. Thank you to Roger Wass and John McCrindle for providing the photographs and labels.

Slide1Slide2Reproduced with the permission of the British Naturalists Association

For more information on joining your local branch of the British Naturalists contact treasurer@bna-naturalists.org for membership and canessex_members@fastmail.fm for activities in Central and North Essex. For more information on the British Naturalists you can also visit their website at: http://www.bna-naturalists.org.uk.

We hope you enjoy the exhibition and we look forward to working on further collaborative projects with the British Naturalists. We are keen to link our John Ray Gallery to what is happening in the study of the natural world today as well as in the past, and to encourage visitors to follow in John Ray’s footsteps and investigate the creatures they come across. If you are a member of a local nature organisation and would be interested in working in partnership with us, please do contact us at info@braintreemuseum.co.uk.

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Jennifer Brown