Braintree District Museum Trust Ltd have launched their new plans for the redevelopment of the Museum. A planning application has been submitted for the overall scheme that seeks to develop the following:

  • Create a multi-purpose exhibition, display, meeting and talks gallery with a large mezzanine floor for the display of museum collections
  • Introduce a new local history gallery
  • Build an interactive natural history gallery, focused on John Ray
  • Refurbish the Victorian Classroom
  • Open a new Schools Room
  • Expand the existing catering facilities
  • Design a John Ray inspired garden
  • A visible shop and entrance closer to the Town Centre
  • A new entrance to the site opened north to south between Museum Walk and Manor Street, to raise the profile of the Museum

Floor-Plan_thumbJohn McKee, Chairman of the Museum Trust, said “the Trustees and staff are keen to use the launch of the Scheme as an opportunity to start the consultation with local people and organisations on the development of their Museum. The build project will be phased over three years to allow for fundraising and to maintain services as far as possible throughout the works. The current estimated cost is over £1 million”.The initial Museum scheme design has been funded by a Community Capital Grant of £8,000 from the Essex County Council Big Society Fund that aims to enhance community assets. Further information on the Fund can be found at

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