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Saffron Walden museum celebrates anniversary
By Oliver Rogers
BBC Essex


Saffron Walden is home to a fine collection of artefacts

Saffron Walden museum is celebrating its 175th anniversary with many special exhibitions on display.

On Saturday, 15 May a special tour of the museum by moonlight is taking place and visitors can bring their torches.

The doors of the building in Saffron Walden first opened to the public on 12, May 1835.

The former curator of Saffron Walden museum, Len Pole told BBC Essex: "The objects in the building have all been collected by local people."

Other events planned include a Punch and Judy show on Saturday, 15 May and free entry for all visitors between Saturday, 29 May and Sunday, 6 June.

The museum is home to a Viking necklace, one of the Essex objects in the BBC's 'A History of the World' series.

"It is very unusual to find Viking jewellery of this quality and from a burial in southern Britain, as this is outside the normal boundaries of where the Vikings settled," said Carolyn Wingfield, the museum's current curator.

Carolyn believes the events will be very fun for children and adults alike.

Saffron Walden Museum is open everyday from 9am to 5pm.

To see more 'A History of the World' objects click on the link below.


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