BBC Essex's Dave Monk welcomes the crowd to Chelmsford Museum before the doors are opened to the public. Around 2,000 people visited the museum on Saturday, 23 January 2010.
Eleanor has a go at the BBC Essex 'A History of the World' quiz; she got eight out of eight! Chelmsford Museum in Oaklands Park is also home to the Essex Regiment Museum.
The Owen family have a look at the Crompton arc lamp, one of the first items on display. The lamp is one of the first Essex objects forming the BBC's 'A History of the World' collection.
Around 2,000 people visited the new extension of Chelmsford Museum on Saturday, 23 January 2010 and many were there at 10am when the doors opened.
Joshua and Thomas look at some ball-bearings made in Chelmsford by Hoffmans. There are plenty of activities and machines at the museum for young people to play on and learn about the town's past.
Another of the Essex objects included in the 'A History of the World' online database is this painting hanging in Essex Regiment Museum, called the 'Battle of Gundamuk'.
Sourish draws a picture and colours it in on the BBC Essex stand at the opening of Chelmsford Museum's new extension. The BBC and BBC Essex are working with the British Museum on the 'A History of the World' project.
A Marconi television camera on display in the new extension to Chelmsford' Oaklands Park museum. This camera had previously been at Sandford Mill, but it can now be displayed in all its glory in the new extension building.
Amelia and her Mum enjoy her drawing of a purple 19th century wedding dress on display at Chelmsford Museum. There are plenty of activities for children to enjoy at the museum.
An elephant was built with the help of children rolling up newspaper in the new Chelmsford Museum education room. The new space will host school visits and activities for children.
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