2nd Standard of the Royal British Legion by Jenny Oxley, Collections Officer, Human History. To mark the commemoration of the Centenary of the end of the First World War (1914-1918), November’s Object of the Month is a poignant one. The Royal British Legion is a charity which provides financial, social and emotional care and support to…Read More »
October’s Object of the Month is a Roman wine strainer chosen by Carolyn Wingfield, Curator An Essential Accessory for Wine Drinkers This fragile bronze vessel was described as a “Roman Bronze colander – origin unknown” in the Museum’s registers when it was acquired in 1927. It was among a list of diverse archaeological, historical and ethnographic objects…Read More »
September’s Object of the Month is a collection of fossilised teeth chosen by James Lumbard, Natural Sciences Officer. These fossilised teeth come from the extinct fish Ptychodus (pronounced tie-co-duss) which lived across the Americas, Europe and Asia. They are closely related to modern sharks and rays, but may not have been direct ancestors. Some species…Read More »
August’s Object of the Month is a red squirrel. The mammal was chosen as Object of the Month by Sarah Kenyon, Natural Sciences Officer. This red squirrel was found dead at Saffron Walden, Essex in August 2003. It had been run over by a car in Landscape View. A member of the Uttlesford group of…Read More »
Hello! As I’ve been here since the end of April, it’s well-and-truly time to introduce myself. I’m James Lumbard, and I’m delighted to have been chosen to share the post of Natural Sciences Officer with Sarah Kenyon. I’ve really enjoyed my introduction to the job, the museum and the friendly staff and volunteers who make it such a pleasant place to work and visit. I’m originally from South Wales and moved to East Anglia two years ago. I’ve moved around a few times since then, moving to Tendring district at the start of this year, so it’s great to have the chance to explore Uttlesford and the lovely town of Saffron Walden.
July’s Object of the Month is a group of three ancient pots from Little Hallingbury. They are about 2,000 years old and were from the cremation cemetery of a late Iron Age community just before the Roman period. Gravel extraction led to their discovery in 1876.
June’s Object of the Month is a silk reticule or bag, made in the 1820s to support the campaign to abolish slavery. The reticule was chosen as Object of the Month by Leah Mellors, Collections Officer (Human History). We featured the reticule on our blog last year, when we were raising money to fund…Read More »
May’s Object of the Month is a Stag Beetle. This male stag beetle was found dead on the Recreation Ground at Great Dunmow, Essex in May 1999. It was handed in to the police station at Dunmow, and a Police Wildlife Liaison Officer gave it to Saffron Walden Museum to be preserved. Stag Beetles…Read More »
April’s Object(s) of the Month is a selection of pieces of Roman roof tiles with paw, hoof and foot prints left by animals and people over 1,750 years ago. The tiles came from a temple that was about 1km north-east of Great Chesterford, which was an important town in the Roman period. Can you…Read More »