Meet the Braintree Museum Team

Laura Barnard
Education Officer

Laura started her time at Braintree District Museum as a Freelance Object Handler. She then moved into the role of Education Officer in May 2016. Since then Laura has been working hard to improve the Education packages and develop new ways to get children involved at the Museum. Laura has lived in Braintree her whole life. She therefore feels very privileged to get the opportunity to work with schools and communities in the local area. Laura is based in the office Monday – Friday.

Polly Redman
Commercial and Communications Manager

Polly is responsible for the Museum Shop and the online offer on She also manages the social media accounts working with her colleagues to bring you interesting local content. Her favourite objects in our collection are the large blue and white apothecary jars.

Robert Rose
Museum Manager

Robert has been with Braintree District Museum for 19 years; manages the Museum and Warner Textile Archive and regularly reports to the Museum Trust Board. Following his archaeology and social history background his favourite Museum objects include the Neolithic flint dagger from Marlborough Road, Braintree and the series of photographs of mostly women working during World War I for Crittall Manufacturing Company.


Claire Willetts
Collections Manager

Before 2009 Claire was a Curator at Stevenage Museum. Since then, she has become the Collections Manager here; getting involved with all aspects of Museum life. Being based in an old school building is her favorite thing about the Museum, as well as our wonderful Victorian Classroom which is open during normal opening hours. Claire works part-time, with her days in the office being Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. Collection and artifact inquiries are by appointment only.