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Wednesday, 6 January 2016

Braintree Museum. Spring 2016 Talks Programme

Braintree District Museum's 2016 Spring Talks Programme

The museum is pleased to announce its program of talks for the start of 2016, with a mixture of lunchtime and afternoon offerings.

On Wednesday 27 January 2016 at 1pm the museum's Education and Exhibitions Curator Jennifer Rowland will be starting off the season with a lunchtime talk on Braintree District and Essex's role in the Magna Carta story. Did you know that four of the twenty-five key Magna Carta barons came from Essex, that there was one Essex baron, Hugh de Burgh of Rayleigh Castle, that remained loyal to King John, or that the whole of Essex was royal forest in 1215? Find out more in this talk, especially the role of local baron Robert de Vere of Hedingham Castle. The talk will also explore what Braintree was like at the beginning of the 13th Century. Afterwards visitors are welcome to join the Curator for a free guided tour round the Magna Carta anniversary exhibition.

The former joinery company of Ripper's Ltd., Sible Hedingham, is the focus for February. On Thursday 25 February at 2pm Adrian Corder-Birch, President of the Essex Society for Archaeology and History, will speak on the history of the company. This will be followed by our first reunion event for past employees of Ripper's Ltd. and all associated companies including Bowater Ripper Limited; Sarek Joinery Limited; Crosby Sarek Limited; Norcross Limited; Premdor Crosby Limited; JSR Joinery Limited and C. R. Timber Limited. Other interested parties are also welcome to join us.

On Thursday 10 March we welcome Dr. David Rundle of the University of Essex to speak on the history of food. In a globalised economy where the supermarket can provide us with foodstuffs whatever the season and whatever their country of origin, we are liable to forget both how local food cultures can be and, equally, how long-standing the global transfer of food has been. Focusing on the 17th Century, discover more about what the English were really eating and the history of some of the foods we eat today. The talk starts at 1pm and is part of our Body Science program.

On Tuesday 19 April at 2pm Valerie and Jeff Wise will be exploring the history and development of windmills, their many uses, how they work, how to mill grain and the dangers for millers. The speakers have gained hands-on experience through volunteering at Heckington Mill in Lincolnshire, and will also cover Bocking, Stock, Finchingfield, Thaxted and other Braintree mills. To add to the experience, attendees will get the chance to try some bread made with flour milled at the 13th Century Abbey Mill in Coggeshall.

Tickets for each talk are £3 and include light refreshments. To book a place on any of the talks, or for more information, please call the museum on 01376 328868 or email . Community transport is also available for all of our talks. For more information please call 01376 557883.

About Braintree Museum

Braintree District Museum conserves and celebrates the history of Braintree and its surrounding areas, focusing on the District's industrial and cultural achievements and its many notable personalities. The Museum's main galleries chart the history of the town from the prehistoric era up to the 21st century, focusing on Braintree's archaeology, industry and craftsmanship. Exhibits include artefacts discovered in the local area, and dedicated galleries on Crittall Windows and Courtauld textile manufacturing. For more information visit and follow us @museumbraintree on Twitter and on Facebook.

Braintree District Museum Manor Street Braintree CM7 3HW

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