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Coggeshall Village Hall, Stoneham Street, Coggeshall, Essex, CO61UH

tel: 01376 563003

Exhibitions and photographs of Coggeshall's industrial, agricultural and social history. Coggeshall lace, working loom, archaeology, Coggeshall bricks, video footage and computerised postcard show. Town tours by prior arrangement.

 

1 Reuben Walk, Earls Colne, Colchester, Essex, CO6 2SZ

tel: 01787 223032

Heritage museum detailing the history of Earls Colne since Neolithic times. Temporary exhibitions are regularly mounted relating to a particular aspect of the village & its inhabitants. Complementary slide shows run during open hours.

 

Church End, Foulness Island, Southend-on-Sea, SS3 9XQ

tel: 01702 217836

Museum and archive collection displaying 1000 years of Foulness History. Opportunity for guided tours.

 

Stansted Mountfitchet, Essex, CM24 8SP

tel: 01279 813567

Mountfitchet Castle Experience is a multi attraction incorporating Mountfitchet Castle & Norman Village of 1066, House on the Hill Toy Museum and Dinosaur Encounters.

 

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Southchurch Hall Close, Southend-on-Sea, Essex, SS1 2TE

tel: 01702 467671

13th-14th century timber-framed moated manor house with Tudor additions. Period room settings from the Middle Ages to the 19th century. Exhibition of history of house and manor.

 

Southend Pier (shore end), Western Esplanade, Southend, Essex, SS1 2EL

tel: 01702 614553/611214

Brings to life the fascinating past of the longest pleasure pier in the world. Artefacts, pictorial displays of pier's entertainment, disasters, staff, boats, illuminations and railway. Suitable for all ages. Prior bookings required.

 

Central Museum, Victoria Avenue, Southend, Essex, SS2 6EW

tel: 01702 434449

Displays of archaeology, wildlife and local history. The only planetarium in Essex, provides a striking illusion of the night sky. Exciting new hands-on Discovery Centre.

 

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Manor Street, Braintree, Essex, CM7 3HW

tel: 01376 325266

This award winning museum is based in the converted Courtauld School and has displays from Crittall steel windows to Warners royal silks, Castle Hedingham pottery to Edward Bawden prints.

 

Victoria Avenue, Southend-on-Sea, Essex, SS2 6ES

tel: 01702 434449

Central Museum houses the collections of local and natural history and archaeology. Displays reflect the story of Southend's growth as a major seaside destination and its rich natural history and fishing heritage.

 

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Oaklands Park, Moulsham Street, Chelmsford, Essex, CM2 9AQ

tel: 01245 605700

Local, industrial and social history from prehistory to present day; fine and decorative arts (ceramics, glass); coins; natural history (geology, animals, live beehive). Exhibitions and events. Set in park with children's play area.

 

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Castle Park, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1TJ

tel: 01206 282939

Colchester Castle is the largest Norman Keep in Europe. Constructed on the foundations of the Temple of Claudius. The Castle Museum today reveals many fascinating layers of history to visitors.

 

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Station Road, Maldon, Essex, CM9 4LQ

tel: 01621 841826

An award winning collection of British military artefacts from the English Civil War to today. Collections focus on the Special Forces, espionage, uniforms, medals, swords, tanks and the Donnington Firearms Collection of over 700 guns.

 

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39-41 Sun Street, Waltham Abbey, Essex, EN9 1EL

tel: 01992 564551

Epping Forest District Museum features seven galleries revealing the fascinating story of the museum's collections.

 

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Grays Fire Station, Hogg Lane, Grays, Essex, RM17 5QS

tel: 01376 576847

A history of the Essex Fire Service with items from the 18th century to today including appliances, uniforms, photos and WW2 memorabilia.

 

Essex Police Headquarters, Springfield, Chelmsford, Essex, CM2 6DN

tel: 01245 457150

The Essex Police Museum covers the history of policing in Essex from its Victorian origins to modern day, with displays, a handling collection and children's activities.

 

Church Hill, Finchingfield, Essex, CM7 4NN

tel: 01371 811333

Set in picturesque Finchingfield, the 15th century Guildhall is an historic venue with its own interactive museum and shop.

 

The Quay, Harwich, Essex, CO12 3HH

tel: 01255 502872 

Information on everything in Harwich and historic exhibition on Harwich and the Mayflower. Free tourist information service and exhibition.

 

Timberfields, Off Wellington Road, Harwich, Essex, CO12 3EJ

tel: 01255 502872 

Museum contains the last Clacton off-shore. Oakley Class Lifeboat 34ft and a history of the lifeboat service in Harwich.