World War I and II

Braintree District Museum holds varied collections relating to both World Wars and their impact on Braintree District. This includes an archive relating to the vital role of Crittalls and the East Anglian Munitions Committee during World War I, photographs of bomb damage in Braintree during World War II and medals, identity cards and evacuee certificates beloning to local residents as well as many more artefacts.

The First World War Centenary

FWW_Centenary__Led_By_IWM_Red-webIn 2014, Braintree District Museum will be joining with other museums across the county and the country in commemorating the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War. The museum is a member of the centenary partnership led by the Imperial War Museum. For more information on the work of the partnership please visit the dedicated website at

We will be holding a First World War exhibition in 2014 and are also working with the Essex Record Office on their county-wide project ‘Now the last poppy has fallen’. For more information on this project please visit

One of our museum volunteers has also conducted independent research on all those listed on the Braintree and Bocking War Memorials from both World Wars. If you are interested in finding out more about these, or following up research into a particular name or family member, please do have a look at the dedicated websites listed below. These also include links to other useful resources for conducting research.