Identification – flint, fossil sponge

In Essex and south east England, almost every pebble on the beach and in gardens is flint. It’s a hard rock found in the Chalk, a soft, white, limestone layer that is up to 200m (600 ft) thick in north Essex and Cambridgeshire. In north west Essex, this chalk is between 90 million and 66… Read More »

Object of the Month – May 2020

May’s ‘Object of the Month’ features a selection of Hawk-moths. They have been chosen by Sarah Kenyon, one of the Natural Sciences Officers at Saffron Walden Museum, from moths preserved in a wooden cabinet of British moths. It belonged to George Stacey Gibson of Saffron Walden who collected the insects before 1883. Display of Hawk-moths… Read More »

Museum From Home – Thursday 30th April

Saffron Walden Museum may be closed temporarily to the public due to the Covid-19 pandemic, but staff are still busy working behind the scenes, creating online resources for those home schooling and self-isolating. Regular posts on the museum social media platforms and monthly e-newsletter continue to entertain and inform. A new blog has been developed… Read More »

Identification – cattle hock bone

Cattle right-side calcaneus (heel bone) The calcaneus in humans is the heel bone, and is the first point of contact with the floor when we walk. However, cattle are ‘nail-walkers’ – walking on the very tips of their toes with the rest of the foot held off the ground. This means the first joint from… Read More »

Keep in Touch – Introducing our new Blog! & Sign up to our monthly E-News

In these unprecedented times it’s more important than ever that we all stay in touch. In addition to our regular E-News update, our website and social media platforms, we’ve introduced a new blog for the Museum.  It is being setup to share our learning resources more effectively whilst we are closed to the public. CHECK OUT… Read More »