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Braintree District Museum, Braintree

Braintree District Museum

Town Hall Centre
Gallery Market Place
Tel: +44(0)1376 325266
Fax: +44 (0) 1376 344345
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At Braintree District Museum the story of the District, and its important place in our island’s history unfolds.

A visit to our Museum will explain:
• Where the earliest peoples settled, and why
• Why Shakespeare had no words to describe the individual ‘leaves’ of flower blooms
• The reason one of our most famous streets came into being
• Who founded the educational establishment which would become one of America’s most famous Universities
• The influence the victims of religious persecution had on our textile industry
• Why one particular village was so important to artists and designers
• How we played a vital role in the war effort
• And much, much more!!

The Museum’s galleries interpret the diverse local industrial heritage: the production of fabrics for state occasions during the past 200 years and innovations in metal window design and man-made textiles in which our District led the world.

In the seventeenth century, John Ray, probably the most distinguished British natural historian of all time, was born locally. His discoveries and theories are presented alongside ‘hands-on’ experiments for visitors to try.

In the twentieth century, an artistic community grew around great Bardfield, attracting leading artists and designers. Their rich contribution to regional culture is today recognised internationally. To complement the Museum’s collection regular exhibitions of work are held by past and present locakl artists and craftspeople.

The building itself, a converted Victorian School in Manor Street, is a unique setting for the story of our District and continues to be a centre for diverse and creative ideas. We have a full educational service, research facilities, changing Exhibition programme, gift shop and on site Café and with The Tourist Information Centre, Art Gallery, Library and Warner Textile Archive within a few minutes walk, what are you waiting for??

By Road - Take the A120 into Braintree.

By Public Transport - From Braintree town station it is 5 minutes' walk to Braintree District Museum.

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