Related Groups

The Friends of Braintree Museum

The Friends of Braintree Museum is a registered charity that supports and promotes  the work and activities of Braintree District Museum and the Warner Textile Archive.This is done by raising money and public awareness through visits to places of interest; talks on a variety of historically-related subjects; the production of visual media by way of its ‘Timeframe’ subsidiary; and by the publication of its own magazine ‘Chronicles’ and its Newsletter to members. Money is also raised for the Museum and the Archive through members’ subscriptions, and by the annual Christmas Raffle, the proceeds from the latter being always directed towards specific Museum projects.

Further information about the Friends of the Museum can be found on their own dedicated website here or contact:

Mrs. Jean Harrison (Chairman)
01376 324302

Mr. Chris Thompson (Vice-Chairman)
01376 320259

John Ray Trust

The John Ray Trust commemorates the life and achievements of John Ray, probably the most distinguished British natural historian of all time, and his association with the Essex town of Braintree. Ray’s industry, scholarly approach and triumph over adversity, make him an example which the Trust recognises by way of a worthy memorial in the form of Bursaries and Scholarships in the earth and life sciences. These are awarded to young students and those working on relevant projects. Special emphasis and support is given towards work enhancing environmental awareness.

The John Ray Trust is a registered charity (Number 294915) founded in 1986, the principal objectives being to advance the education of the public in the natural sciences and to promote increased awareness and appreciation of the work of John Ray.

Warner Textile Archive

The Warner Textile Archive is a rich design resource documenting the successes and innovation of Warner & Sons from the late 1800s. The Collection comprises stunning textiles and inspirational paper designs, as well as original printing blocks, photographs and other documentary material.

The Warner Textile Archive is located along South Street in Braintree.

You can visit their website here or call 01376 557741 for more information.


East Anglian Stitch Textiles (EAST) was formed in 1995 in response to a demand for a self-supporting framework for local artists in the southern half of East Anglia, UK. They first exhibited in 1997 at Braintree District Museum.

 EAST members were all experienced textile artists before they joined the group – some have qualifications in textile, embroidery, design or other creative studies but this is not essential. Any potential new members would be accepted on the quality of their current work and a selection process.

Our current membership is full but if you want further information about the group, or information on how to join our waiting list contact the EAST Secretary by email – (putting the word EAST at the beginning of the subject line of your email),


Regular Hall Hire: Braintree and Bocking Concert Brass

Members are made up of various ages, abilities, ethnic backgrounds and genders. Ken Few was the late band master.

The band is open to any, even those without experience of an instrument. Help is given to any new members who need it, as long as the time and practice is put in.

The aim of the group is to provide hobbies and entertainment, not only for members but for the public watching the performances.

Musical Director: Ian Coote – 01787 476462

Regular Hall Hire: BOCCIA

BOCCIA England at the Tabor Centre in Braintree regularly meet at Braintree District Museum to run their sessions on a Thursday afternoon.

If you are interested in finding out more information about BOCCIA please contact:

Mark Fribbens

Regular Hall Hire: Braintree Choral Society

Braintree Choral Society rehearse at Braintree District very Tuesday evening, with a break over Summer. New members always welcome, with all different voices. No audition is held. Practice discs are provided for those whose music reading skills are not as good.

Music Director: Jannette Roucco
Accompanist: Tony Evans.

For more information please contact

Regular Hall Hire: Slimming World

Your Consultant’s name is Alice
Telephone 07834 195844

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