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I went to the museum during a visit to Rayleigh, entry is free and it is open on Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 10 AM until 4 PM. There is much of historical interest about Rayleigh including photographs and objects including camera's and a cinema projector. There are also archives to study. Well worth a visit, highly recommended.

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Via Trip Advisor

"I love visiting the museum. It's fascinating to see and hear so many relics and stories from Rayleigh's past. What's really good is that you are welcome to sit and pore over a wealth of old photos and postcards and go through archives of documents and booklets. Every Rayleigh resident should check it out to get a totally new perspective of our town!"

Sarah Turner

"A lovely little museum stacked with local history"

Robert Grieve

Hi, greetings all the way from Lower Hutt New Zealand. Just to let you guys know I received a copy of your 2018 Heritage Calendar today posted to me by my sister in Rayleigh.
Rayleigh was my home town for 55 years and it is fantastic to have the calendar arrive. I believe this will be the furthest one of these calendars will travel ( unless you know different)

Kind regards and keep up the good work guys, have a great festive season.
Richard Ashton.

Thank you so much for the thought provoking assemblies recently on Remembrance. The pupils enjoyed hearing about local stories and the impact of war on Rayleigh itself. We look forward to working with you again in the future.

Regards
Mrs Latey

Brilliant exhibition and very friendly staff

From Georgina Roberts

The museum is quite small but full of info & very interesting facts. Worth a visit

From Janice Hughes

Home Front

Rayleigh and Wickford MP and Patron of the Rayleigh Town Museum, Mark Francois, dropped by the museum recently in order to see our special exhibition on life on the Home Front in Rayleigh during World War Two.

Mark viewed a number of exhibits including photographs of Rayleigh taken during the war, documents advising the Rayleigh Urban District Council on what to do in the event of a German invasion and a number of other artefacts including some weapons from the time. Mark also saw documents in relation to the rationing that people had to undergo during war time.

The exhibition was brought to life by Trevor, a volunteer from the Hertfordshire Home Guard Historical Re-enactment Society, who was present in his Home Guard uniform with a variety of de-activated weapons and was able to answer questions from visitors about what it was like to serve in the Home Guard during World War Two. The exhibition, which ran for several weeks, was very popular and received hundreds of visitors, including parties of local school children keen to learn about the history of the war in their community.

Commenting on his visit to the museum, Mark Francois said: “One of the really nice features about our new museum in Rayleigh is their ingenuity in constantly updating their exhibitions, in order to make them relevant to the visiting public. As we approach this time of remembrance, I think it particularly fitting that the museum laid on an exhibition about life on the Home Front in Rayleigh during the war, to give people today some idea of the privations that people had to go through in order to resist the Nazi threat. I give the museum full marks for laying on such a good presentation and I would also like to thank Trevor for providing a special extra something in his re-created role as a member of the Home Guard.” Mark Francois MP and Trevor

Visit from Chairman of Essex County Council

The Chairman of Essex County Council, Cllr John Aldridge visited the museum with his wife Christine.
Cllr Aldridge wrote "A remarkable enterprise that reflects the energy of the curators and the community spirit of the town of Rayleigh." in our visitors book. Behind Cllr Aldridge and his wife are Chairman of the Museum, Mike Davies and Sue Smith.

Mike Davies, Sue Smith, Cllr John Aldridge and Wife Christine

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Rayleigh Town Museum, 1st floor, 91, High Street, Rayleigh, Essex, SS6 7EJ
Opening Hours: 10am to 4pm, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday
Museum Telephone 01268 773535 (answerphone when we are not open)

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