Rayleigh Town Museum
91 High Street
Tel: 01268 773535
Rayleigh Town Museum
Charitable Incorporated Organisation 1159405
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Ernest H Lane - Eminent Local Historian
Ernie Lane is celebrating his 102nd birthday today having played a prominent part in the life of Rayleigh since his family moved to the village in 1920.
A pupil at Love Lane School he joined the 1st Rayleigh Scouts in 1926 and rose to become both Cub and Scout Master.
After joining the Territorials in 1937 he had a distinguished war record culminating in being the Staff Captain and town Mayor in the town of Preveza in Crete.
On returning to Rayleigh at the end of WW2 Ernie joined the Financial Times group holding an executive position with the Investor’s Chronicle until his retirement in 1982.
It was in 1950 that he commenced his local voluntary work by raising the funds and materials to build a footpath to enable the elderly residents of Eastwood Lodge access to the Eastwood Road and beyond for the first time.
He was elected to the Rayleigh Urban District Council in 1953 serving on all committees and becoming its Chairman in 1960. Ernie was first Chairman to be invited to a Royal Garden Party in 1961.
Ernie was Chairman of the last Town carnival in 1957.
Heavily involved in local schools as Governor of Sweyne and Manager of both Grove and Rayleigh Primary schools. It was as Chairman of the Rayleigh Primary School PTA that Ernie masterminded the building of the sports pavilion and swimming pool at the school which was opened in 1961 by the Olympic swimmer Ann Long.
His extensive knowledge of Rayleigh was put to good use in 1991 when his first local history book ‘Rayleigh a Pictorial History’ (with Edward Fitzgerald) was published and this was followed in 1996 by his 2nd book ‘Rayleigh Its People and Places’.
All funds raised from the sale of these books, and the 96 slide shows he subsequently gave to local groups and associations, were donated to local charities and good causes.
Ernie was a consultant and heritage adviser to Rayleigh Town Council for many years, and instigator of the town’s heritage plaques, a scheme which still continues today.
The council recognised Ernie for all his contributions to the town’s heritage by naming him Citizen of the Year 2009 followed in 2010 by the naming of the walkway between the High Street and Webster’s Way entitled “Ernie Lane”.
Although now housebound Ernie is lovingly cared for by his 98-year-old wife ( Bet) and is in regular contact with his 2 daughters 4 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren.
With a combined age of 200 I wonder if any other married couple in the country can match or exceed that.
Posted by Rayleigh Town Museum on October 14, 2019 at 01.20
Lord Lieutant Visits
On September 25th, the museum welcomed the Lord Lieutenant of Essex, Mrs Jennifer Tolhurst, who spent time looking around the museum's treasure trove of artefacts before unveiling a commemorative plaque. Chairman Mike Davies said: "We were so honoured to have the Lord Lieutenant come to visit the museum. She really enjoyed looking around and meeting our team of volunteers. We are very grateful to our Patron, Mark Francois MP, for helping to organise the visit."
Posted by Rayleigh Town Museum on March 15, 2019 at 15.30
Our Bow Window
Our inventive volunteers have created a new display in our Bow Window.
It is titled, In the Past - In the Kitchen
Memorabilia of the days before Bake-Off, when housewives made their own
cakes using family recipes, when Grandma always had your favourite biscuits
in her biscuit barrel, jelly and ice-cream were a real treat and Tupperware
was a craze sweeping the UK.
Reminders of a time when soft drinks came in glass bottles which were
returned to be refilled and cream was bought in stoneware pots.
Pop in to the Museum to identify the Mystery item - and to find the
gingerbread men hiding in the Bow Window!
Posted by Rayleigh Town Museum on March 12, 2019 at 01.20
Rayleigh Heritage Trail Race
Karl Cadman, Race Organiser said "This was our inaugural event, and a tester, with runners from local Clubs being invited to take part. The distance worked out to be around 7 miles, although some did a bit more! Runners has to find the locations on their 6 different locations sheets, and visit each set in the quickest/shortest route, and answer a question at each to prove they had found it, and take a selfie.
We had 41 runners for this first event, and even a couple of buggy-runners. Looking at the happy faces in the pictures, even the weather didn't put people off, and it was a great success. Thanks to the Museum for hosting our awards, and for tea and cake at the end. All finishers received a bespoke medal, and we plan to make this an annual event, with extra locations and clues for 2020.
More details can be found on their website, where the date for the 2020 event will be posted.
Rayleigh Heritage Trail Race
Posted by Rayleigh Town Museum on March 11, 2019 at 16.30
Here is the new Museum display cabinet purchased from the funds raised in lieu of flowers in memory of Sharon Davies.
Posted by Rayleigh Town Museum on February 12, 2019 at 00.20
This photo shows Chairman Mike Davies handing over to the Museum a cheque in the sum of £1308.35p raised in lieu of flowers from his wife Sharon's funeral.
These funds have been used to purchase a new Museum display cabinet in memory of Sharon. Why not pop into the Museum next time you are passing and have a look.
In addition a further sum of £473.30p was raised for the Rayleigh branch of the RNLI. "
Posted by Rayleigh Town Museum on January 10, 2019 at 23.59
Here is our speaker from this evening Andrew Summers, Managing Editor of Essex Hundred Publications after giving us an insight into Battlefield Essex.
Posted by Rayleigh Town Museum on January 10, 2019 at 16.20
Adam Davis from Palmers Solicitors presenting Mike Davies Chairman of the Museum (Right) with a further cheque raised during various community activities that the Solicitors take part in.
Posted by Rayleigh Town Museum on December 16, 2018 at 23.00
We have medals and other information in the museum about Charles Henry Reed DCM MBE.
We were visited by some of his family.
In the photo is Mr Reed's Son in Law Brian Kersey, then Granddaughter, Sylvia Tarver and her Husband Denis.
Sylvia was so delighted to see his medals in the cabinet and asked especially to hold his diary
Posted by Rayleigh Town Museum on November 25, 2018 at 23.50
Here is Vilma Wilson and Family the winners of our Annual Quiz,
which took place in Rayleigh Library on 23rd November.
Posted by Rayleigh Town Museum on September 30, 2018 at 15.30
Sharon, wife of our Chairman Mike Davies, tragically died in the early hours of Friday 28th September 2018.
Sharon was a familiar face to many who visited the Museum, spending many hours as a Steward on Museum opening days. But that was only a small part of her dedication to Mike's dream of a Rayleigh Town Museum. She spent time behind the scenes doing various administrative tasks and, of course, loyally supporting Mike in his role as Chairman.
Many of you would have attended one of the Rayleigh Through the Looking Glass slide show talks - a team effort by both, but it was Sharon who kept Mike to the script!
We send Mike and his family our sincere condolences.
Posted by Rayleigh Town Museum on July 27, 2018 at 17.30
Our 20,000th Visitor.
It was very apt that on the Speedway day for the 70th Anniversary of Rayleigh Stadium that Martin McGillivray (left) was our 20,000th visitor.
Mike Davies, Chairman of the museum presented Martin, son of former Rayleigh Rockets rider Les McGillivray with a certificate and gift bag.
Mike is holding a picture the museum have of Les in action.
Posted by Rayleigh Town Museum on May 10, 2018 at 01.25
Wednesday 2nd May 2018 was Ernie Lane's 100th birthday. This photo shows Local Historian Ernie with Bet, his wife, holding the 100th Birthday card from her Majesty, along with Museum Chairman, Mike Davies.
Ernie received over 145 birthday cards and best wishes from both family and friends to include a lovely framed letter from Prime Minister, Theresa May which was arranged by Mark Francois MP.
Posted by Rayleigh Town Museum on April 14, 2018 at 17.10
Photo of our local M.P. Mark Francois (left) visiting the Titanic exhibition currently on display in the Museum, with Chairman Mike Davies.
Mark said "it is particularly poignant that I visited this exhibition in the Museum on the 14th April, the same date in 1912 that the Titanic hit the iceberg which resulted in the tragic death of so many passengers and crew."
Posted by Rayleigh Town Museum on April 6, 2018 at 01.40
We have an Audio-Video Kiosk on loan for three months from the Essex Record Office, Essex Sounds and Video Archive, part of the Heritage Lottery Funded project, You Are Hear: sound and a sense of place.
Pop in and give it a try
Posted by Rayleigh Town Museum on April 4, 2018 at 13.30
Chairman of Rayleigh Town Council - Councillor Mrs Carol Pavelin seen here with Chairman of the museum Mike Davies visited our Titanic Exhibition today.
Posted by Rayleigh Town Museum on March 23, 2018 at 14.25
Timeline fitted in lift
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Speedways 90th Anniversary
Dennis Mugford left, Ex Timekeeper at Rayleigh and son of Charlie Mugford former rider and Terry Stone, former rider and historian put on an excellent display of Speedway memorabilia to celebrate the 90th Aniversary of Speedway in Great Britain.
Also on display were pictures and artefacts from the museum of Rayleigh Rockets.
Dennis and Terry will be back in July to celebrate the 70th Anniversary of the Rayleigh Stadium.
Posted by Rayleigh Town Museum on February 15, 2018 at 15.00
Echo Archive Picture Presentation
Mike Davies left and some of the museum team that dealt with the Echo Archives photos.
Presenting previously unseen Southend archive pictures to Southend Mayor Cllr Fay Evans at Porters.
Porters is the Civic House & Mayor's Parlour
Posted by Rayleigh Town Museum on February 6, 2018 at 01.00
These wonderful tiles donated to the museum are believed to have come from the Dutch Cottage in Rayleigh.
Posted by Rayleigh Town Museum on January 30, 2018 at 01.00
Our Long Case clock needed a little tender care. Take a look at the workings.
Posted by Rayleigh Town Museum on January 28, 2018 at 00.30
The latest couple to join out every growing list of those whose names appear on our Museum "Benefactors" board are Brenda and Terry Joyce shown here handing over a cheque of £300 to Museum Chairman Mike Davies (left).
If you would like more information on our "Benefactors" scheme (we ask for a minimum of £250 from individuals --£350 from businesses) please contact Mike at the Museum.
See our Contact page
Posted by Rayleigh Town Museum on January 25, 2018 at 00.30
The latest group to qualify for inclusion on our Benefactors Board are the Rayleigh & District Ladies Circle & Tangent Clubs.
Sandra Hollis, Chairman is seen here handing over a cheque for £250 to Museum Chairman Mike Davies.'
Posted by Rayleigh Town Museum on December 22, 2017 at 01.10
Mike Davies centre receiving a cheque from Kirsty Lawrence(left) and Wendy Bingley from the Co-op. The cheque came from their Local Community Fund for the work the museum has done with the Echo archives.
In the background are volunteers from the museum who have been involved with the project.
Posted by Rayleigh Town Museum on December 9, 2017 at 00.10
Around the World Quiz
Here are the winning team of our Around the World quiz, retaining the trophy for a second year.
Posted by Rayleigh Town Museum on November 25, 2017 at 16.40
Let Me be Frank
Our Photographic team went to meet Frank Bruno who was at St George Estate Agents at Berry's Arcade today signing copies of his book "Let Me Be Frank".
What a charming man.
Many thanks to Darren Emmett of the agency for allowing us to take the photographs.
Posted by Rayleigh Town Museum on November 15, 2017 at 00.55
Mike & Sharon Davies gave a talk titled "Rayleigh Remembers" to year 8 pupils at Fitzwimarc School. Here they are with some of the Air Cadets and Essex Army Cadet Force students
Posted by Rayleigh Town Museum on November 14, 2017 at 09.35
Artic Star Presentation
On the left our Chairman Mike Davies receiving the Artic Star Medal from Geoffrey Negus at a special presentation on Remembrance Sunday.
Geoffrey has travelled from his home in New Zealand to donate the medal to the museum.
This wonderful and poignant item for our collection, it was awarded to Alfred S J Negus, Geoffrey's Father.
The Artic Star Medal was awarded to Veterans of the bitter Arctic convoys delivering aid to Russia in World War 2.
Winston Churchill described the Arctic convoys' missions through the North Sea in winter as being "the worst journey on earth".
Our researchers are currently compiling information on Alfred and the story behind the medal.
The medal is now on display in the museum for you to see.
Posted by Rayleigh Town Museum on November 4, 2017 at 10.46
Home Front Exhibition
On the right our Patron Mark Francois MP visiting to see The Home Front Exhibition.
He is with Trevor from the Hertfordshire Home Guard Living History Group who was in the museum to enhance our Home Front Exhibition with a selection of items from the World War 2 era.
Posted by Rayleigh Town Museum on October 21, 2017 at 10.00
Friend's Newsletter Picture Quiz Answers October 2017
The pictures below were in our Friends Newsletter asking the question, Parts of Rayleigh have changed significantly
over the years and each edition of our Friends Newsletter will show some pictures of Rayleigh from Yesteryear.
A. OK Café High St circa 1960s
(Site of Watch Shop today)
B. Howden’s Health Food Shop (Squires Coffee Shop today)
C. Eastwood Road looking towards
High Street 1954
D. Stones & Malins 1965
(EHW Accountants today)
Posted by Rayleigh Town Museum on October 14, 2017 at 01.00
Rayleigh through time
Rayleigh and Wickford MP and Patron of Rayleigh Town Museum, Mark Francois recently attended a special presentation on “Rayleigh through time” which was given at the Holy Trinity Church Hall, by Mr Mike Davies, the chairman of the Town Museum.
The event, which was attended by around 100 people, was in aid of the Friends of Holy Trinity, who raise money all year round for the maintenance and upkeep of the beautiful church at the top of Rayleigh High Street.
During his presentation, Mike Davies took the audience through the history and development of Rayleigh from Norman times to the present day. His lively talk included issues such as the development of business in the town, the coming of the railway in the 19th century, right up to the present day and the return of the Trinity Fayre.
Commenting on Mike Davies’ presentation, Mark, who also serves as the President of the Friends of Holy Trinity said:
“I was delighted to attend this special event both as Patron of the Museum and President of the Friends. As ever Mike Davies gave a very entertaining and lively presentation, including bringing back many very happy memories and local personalities for the benefit of the audience, who really appreciated learning more about the history of their town. The event also raised a tidy sum for the Friends which will be well spent on the maintenance of Holy Trinity Church.”
From left to Right: Mike Davies, Carol Pavelin, Chairman of Rayleigh Town Council & Mark Francois MP.
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Friend's Newsletter Picture Quiz Answers July 2017
The pictures below were in our Friends Newsletter asking the question, Parts of Rayleigh have changed significantly over the years and each edition of our Friends Newsletter will show some pictures of Rayleigh from Yesteryear.
A. Co-op Chemist 1968, (Site of Rayleigh Lanes today)
B. Outside Adams Funeral Directors circa 1950s
C. High Street near Berry’s Arcade
(now Card Factory, Papa Johns & Withams Funeral Directors)
D. High Street opposite Museum
(now Taylors Hairdressing)
Posted by Rayleigh Town Museum on July 8, 2017 at 00.40
Anglia in Bloom
The Anglia in Bloom Judges had a visit to the museum. Museum Chairman Mike Davies on the left with the Judges and members of Rayleigh Town Council. Cllr Carol Pavelin RTC Chairman, Cllrs. Margaret Spencer & Ian Ward
Posted by Rayleigh Town Museum on April 10, 2017 at 00.55
'Remembering Rayleigh Rockets'
A picture from our 'Remembering Rayleigh Rockets' exhibition. Terry Stone organised the display in the garden of the Spread Eagle Pub next door to the museum.
Many Thanks to Russ Best for allowing us to use the garden.
From left to right: Terry Stone (rider), Stan Stevens (rider), Peter Thorogood (Team Manager), Pete Wigley (rider), Alan Jackson (rider), and Laurie Etheridge (rider).
Posted by Rayleigh Town Museum on April 6, 2017 at 23.00
A Glimpse of 'Remembering Rayleigh Rockets'
Here is a glimpse of some of our 'Remembering Rayleigh Rockets' exhibition. Starting tomorrow, 7th April. Our 1st Anniversary on Sunday 9th April will see Speedway bikes on display in the garden of the Spread Eagle Pub. Food will be available. the exhibition goes on to the 17th April.
Posted by Rayleigh Town Museum on April 6, 2017 at 19.10
Interview with Terry Stone
Mike Davies Chairman of Rayleigh Town Museum asking Terry Stone Rayleigh Rockets rider about the Remembering Rayleigh Rockets Exhibition which starts on Friday 7th April
Posted by Rayleigh Town Museum on March 30, 2017 at 07.50
The pictures below were in our Friends Newsletter asking the question,
Parts of Rayleigh have changed significantly
over the years and each edition of our Friends
Newsletter will show some pictures of
Rayleigh from Yesteryear. Can you recognise
Answers below the pictures
Posted by Rayleigh Town Museum on March 25, 2017 at 01.10
World War One
Come in and see our World War 1 display
Posted by Rayleigh Town Museum on March 23, 2017 at 22.45
Museum Chairman Mike Davies setting up a temporary display of some of the Rayleigh related pictures found in the Echo Archives.
Posted by Rayleigh Town Museum on March 20, 2017 at 00.10
Remembering Rayleigh Rockets
Dennis Mugford left, Ex Timekeeper at Rayleigh and son of Charlie Mugford former rider and Terry Stone, former rider and historian visited the museum to bring in some material for our Remembering Rayleigh Rockets Exhibition. April 9th to 17th.
Seen here with stained glass windows which were part of the stadium.
Posted by Rayleigh Town Museum on March 16, 2017 at 14.45
We are ready for our Book Sale that starts tomorrow.
Posted by Rayleigh Town Museum on March 12, 2017 at 01.06
Echo 10th March 2017
Article by Mike Davies in the Echo Newspaper
Posted by Rayleigh Town Museum on March 4, 2017 at 23.17
Kirbys Coach Fair
Here are our team at the Kirbys Coach Fair that was held at the Freight House in Rochford.
Many thanks to Kirbys for their generosity.
Posted by Rayleigh Town Museum on February 28, 2017 at 00.17
This is why we moved our Longcase Clock
One of our latest acquisitions for the Museum,
a very fine stick barometer which dates from the early Victorian period and was made in Rayleigh by G. F. Kemp. the same maker as the clock.
Posted by Rayleigh Town Museum on February 1, 2017 at 17:20
Why have we moved our Longcase Clock?
We have moved our Longcase Clock to accomodate a new aquisition which is coming soon.
Watch this page
Posted by Rayleigh Town Museum on January 25, 2017 at 09:10
The pictures below were in our Friends Newsletter asking the question,
Parts of Rayleigh have changed significantly
over the years and each edition of our Friends
Newsletter will show some pictures of
Rayleigh from Yesteryear. Can you recognise
Answers below the pictures
a. Bellingham Lane - rear of Manns Grocers
(Now Ruby Rooms & Feathering Your Nest
b. Corner of High St and Crown Hill
c. Eastwood Road near the High Street
Posted by Rayleigh Town Museum on January 16, 2017 at 00:10
Here is one of our latest aquisitions.
A picture of our Regal Room during refurbishment in 1989.
The copyright of this picture is owned by the Echo (Newsquest media group)
Mike Davies, Chairman of the museum was approached by the Echo to say that they were moving buildings and the newspaper archives were no longer required and asked if the Museum would like to have them.
Mike and colleague Viv Irvine visited the Echo building located at Chester Hall Lane in Basildon to have a look at the scale of the archives. They were amazed by the size of the archives and quickly realised the museum alone would be unable to take on such an enormous task and the logistics of the storage would be very expensive.
Another visit was arranged and a number of community archive groups were invited to more accurately assess the enormity of the project. It was estimated that there were around one million negatives, without all of the other types of media. We will continue to update with further pictures as our investigations continue.
Posted by Rayleigh Town Museum on January 8, 2017 at 17:10
Here is one of our latest exhibits.
This is an original drawing by Alan Sorrell RWS and is the iconic picture of Rayleigh Castle.
It was a gift from the artist to Peter Lewis and donated to the Museum by his daughters, Juliet, Jacqueline, Velda and Vanessa.
Posted by Rayleigh Town Museum on November 19, 2016 at 11:30am
Recently we have had parties of children from Edward Francis School who were entertained by our Schools Liaison Team.
They took part in various activities in the museum and a heritage walk in the High Street.
Posted by Rayleigh Town Museum on October 21, 2016 at 01:30
Rayleigh Town Museum have purchased a number of trophies from the Rochford and District Rifle Club, which, in part, was formed out of the Rayleigh Home Guard unit from WW2. The trophies include a number of well-known Rayleigh families and they were handed over during a presentation in the Museum on the 19th Oct 2016.
Ernie Hillier (L) Museum Volunteer whose father one won of the trophies and (R) a member of Rochford Rifle and Pistol Club who unveiled the trophies.
Posted by Rayleigh Town Museum on October 7, 2016 at 00:10
The Chairman of Essex County Council, Cllr John Aldridge visited the museum with his wife Christine.
Cllr Aldridge wrote in our visitors book. "A remarkable enterprise that reflects the energy of the curators and the community spirit of the town of Rayleigh."
Behind Cllr Aldridge and his wife are Chairman of the Museum, Mike Davies and Sue Smith.
Posted by Rayleigh Town Museum on October 6, 2016 at 01:50
Here are Barbara and Chris Wallis our joint 5000th Visitor since we opened on 9th April this year.
They received a free copy of Rayleigh History Tour by Mike & Sharon Davies.
This is available to buy in the museum.
Posted by Rayleigh Town Museum on October 3, 2016 at 11:59
Here are Liana Bridges and Barry Lewis talking to the Chairman of the museum, Mike Davies (left) after they had found the clue left in the Regal room as part of BBC Essex's, BBC Essex Quest on Sunday morning.
The programme broadcasts every Sunday morning between 9am and 12midday. It is a radio 'treasure hunt' where Liana and Barry have 4 clues to 4 mystery locations to solve. We are very pleased to have been able to take part.
After the broadcast we had quite a few visitors who had heard about the museum on the programme.
Posted by Rayleigh Town Museum on September 20, 2016 at 19:00
On Saturday 17th September Ron Stewart the last manager of Rayleigh's Regal cinema was in the museum talking to visitors interested in meeting him and his wife Pat and hearing about the Regal Cinema. A very succesful day as we had 129 visitors.
Posted by Rayleigh Town Museum on September 19, 2016 at 19:00
On the evening of the 16th September 2016 a special evening was held to unveil the Kalee 8 Projector that was used in the Regal Cinema.
The projector was donated by Lilian, the wife of the late Eric Mills, who had stored the projector once it had become redundant in 1971.
The projector was refurbished by Ron Dilley, the local cinema historian and Chris Taylor, the presenter of archive film of the district.
The projector was unveiled by our special guest Ron Stewart, the last manager of the Regal cinema, who was accompanied by his wife Pat.
In the photo from left to right, Museum Patron, Mark Francois MP, Ron Stewart, Pat Stewart, Chairman of Rayleigh Town Council, Cllr Christine Callis and Chairman of the museum, Mike Davies.
Posted by Rayleigh Town Museum on September 16, 2016 at 11:00 AM
Here is Chairman Mike Davies introducing Trevor Rand who gave a fascinating talk entitled Rayleigh Town, its Windmills and my family.
Posted by Rayleigh Town Museum on Aug 12, 2016 at 16:00 PM
Museum Chairman, Mike Davies giving a talk on "The Evolution of Rayleigh Town Museum"
Posted by Rayleigh Town Museum on May 17, 2016 at 00:40 AM
Can you help!
Posted by Rayleigh Town Museum on May 5, 2016 at 00:50 AM
We are delighted to inform you that at 15.30 on 4th May we had our 1,000th visitor since we opened on the 9th April.
Posted by Rayleigh Town Museum on March 26, 2016 at 5:15 PM
CAN YOU HELP?
This picture was sent to us by Andy Cross. It was was in some photographs of his late Mothers. "Congregational church, 1913 - Rev. Mason???? was written on the back.
The photo appears to be the side of what is now the “Christ Church” on Crown Hill.
Has anyone got any information about the people in the picture?
Posted by Rayleigh Town Museum on March 26, 2016 at 7:40 PM
The Museum is open to 'The Friends of the Museum' now.
Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday 10am to 4pm.
Don't wait until the official opening, come and see it now.
Posted by Rayleigh Town Museum on March 26, 2016 at 02:00 AM
Here are some of our volunteers taking part in a Fire Extinguisher training course run by Andi Simmons of Defence Fire & Security Ltd.
Posted by Rayleigh Town Museum on March 25, 2016 at 10:00 AM
Here is Mike Davies addressing the Annual Rayleigh Town Meeting, held this year at Fitzwimarc School. He told the meeting about his dream to open a museum and about the team and benefactors that have helped him realise that dream.
Posted by Rayleigh Town Museum on March 16, 2016 at 11:00 AM
The first visitors to the Museum, Ernie and Bet Lane with Mike Davies.
In 1991 Ernie, with the assistance of the late Edward Fitzgerald, wrote the first definitive history book of Rayleigh published as Rayleigh A Pictorial History.
We look forward to seeing more of our Friends Group prior to the official opening on the 9th April. See Issue 6 (January 2016) edition of the Friends Newsletter for details.
Posted by Rayleigh Town Museum on March 14, 2016 at 8:45 PM
Just a reminder what has allowed us to open Rayleigh Town Museum. Here is the Heritage Lottery Fund Plaque by our lift, so everybody visiting the museum will see it. Many thanks again The Heritage Lottery Fund, we couldn't have done it without you.
Our team of dedicated volunteers have spent thousands of hours preparing to get everything in place to open the museum. The first of our Friends will get a preview tomorrow.
Posted by Rayleigh Town Museum on March 15, 2016 at 8:45 PM
Our maintenance team are working hard to get the museum ready to open. Look out for this crest of the now defunct Rayleigh Urban District Council when you visit.
Posted by Rayleigh Town Museum on March 13, 2016 at 11:45 PM
Here are some of our volunteers taking part in a first aid course in the Regal Room. Dave Record of First Aid and Transport Services Ltd front left putting them through their paces.
Posted by Rayleigh Town Museum on March 12, 2016 at 2:45 PM
This clock made by Rayleigh Clockmaker George Firman Kemp has been restored and is now ticking away in the museum. George was born around 1785. There was an article on the clock in the January edition of our Friends Newsletter.
Posted by Rayleigh Town Museum on March 4, 2016 at 10:30 AM
Rayleigh Town Museum hosted a Text Writing Course on behalf of Essex Records Office. The participants from various museums and attractions can be seen here in 'The Regal Room'.
Posted by Rayleigh Town Museum on February 14, 2016 at 09:50 AM
Mark Francois who visited the Museum on Saturday afternoon, seen here handing over a 1915 Essex map to Mike Davies, was very impressed with the progress since his last visit and eagerly awaits the opening of the Museum on the
Posted by Rayleigh Town Museum on February 5, 2016 at 00:50 AM
If you have seen the Newsletter, Rayleigh Review or the Echo you will have seen
that we have announced our opening dates. The Museum will be open to the public on April 9th but Friends of the Museum will be invited
on specific dates in March.
See Echo article Echo 4th February 2016
Posted by Rayleigh Town Museum on January 26, 2016 at 09:40 AM
Last night Mike, Alan,Trevor, Roger and Terry ably assisted by Linda achieved the almost impossible and managed to thread the Bakers Cart through the doorway into its final destination in the Museum. The cart even without its wheels was still wider than the doorway. The tools came out and various bits of framework and the door were removed. The gap was still too narrow but with some enginuity and a lot of wiggling we got it through.
Posted by Rayleigh Town Museum on January 21, 2016 at 00:40 PM
Many thanks to A R Adams Funeral Directors Ltd for allowing us to display in their window.
Posted by Rayleigh Town Museum on January 17, 2016 at 01:40 PM
Here are Viv and Trevor manning our photographic display in Rayleigh Library.
Posted by Rayleigh Town Museum on January 11, 2016 at 12:40 PM
Many thanks to Rayleigh Town Council for their continuing support of the museum. Chairman Cllr Mrs Julie Sawford and Chairman of the Environment Committee Cllr Mrs Cheryl Roe came along to show their support as the team from the museum and strong men from Runwell Wyverns Rugby Club moved the Bakers Cart from its storage in King Georges Park into the museum. Thank you Runwell Wyverns Rugby Club, we couldn't have done it without your help.
Posted by Rayleigh Town Museum on January 5, 2015 at 01:00 AM
Our Maintenance Team have been preparing this bow window as one of our display cabinets. Originally it came from a shop in Rayleigh High Street.
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Here are the triumphant team from our very successful 'Missing Link' quiz which took place on the 4th December being presented with their trophy by Mike Davies..
From left to right. Liz Bradon, Sandy Brown, Neil Blackburn, Linda Blackburn, Roger Brown and finally Ray Bradon.
Posted by Rayleigh Town Museum on November 16, 2015 at 4:50 PM
Mike Davies inspecting the new handrail for the wheelchair ramp.
Posted by Rayleigh Town Museum on November 13, 2015 at 9:50 AM
Barclays Bank are supporting us by allowing us a number of opportunities to set up a display in the Rayleigh Branch.
The first of these was on Saturday 14th November.
The next is on Wednesday 18th November.
Why not come and see our display and perhaps buy some Christmas Cards or a Calendar.
Posted by Rayleigh Town Museum on November 12, 2015 at 9:50 AM
Here is one of our latest aqusitions. The inscription reads:Presented to Mr T Fry owner of "Whiff" Winner of Match Race at Rayleigh Stadium on 20th June 1958.
Do you have any information about Mr T Fry or Whiff?
Posted by Rayleigh Town Museum on November 11, 2015 at 3:00 PM
We had two very important visitors to the Museum, Ernie Lane and his wife Bet, seen here with Mike Davies.
Ernie has been anxious to visit for a while and Mike took the opportunity to test out our wheelchair access.
Posted by Rayleigh Town Museum on August 18, 2015 at 6:00 AM
Here is Pat Harris (a member of Rayleigh Bowls Club)
being presented with a certificate as the 500th member of our Friends Group.
The certificate being presented by Chairman Mike Davies.
From left to right: Roger, Spencer, Linda, Mike, Pat, Alan and Viv. Linda and Alan are the Administrators of our Friends Group.
Posted by Rayleigh Town Museum on July 31, 2015 at 8:05 AM
Here is a picture of the the back of 91 High Street. The new building shown here will be the kitchen for Pizza Express. They have matched the brickwork well.
Posted by Rayleigh Town Museum on July 25, 2015 at 6:50 AM
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Building work continues at the rear of 91 High street and this picture shows the Kitchen area for Pizza Express now taking shape
Posted by Rayleigh Town Museum on May 24, 2015 at 7:35 PM
Mike Davies Chairman of the Rayleigh Town Museum is delighted to announce that the Lions Club of Rayleigh have donated £500 towards the set up costs of the Town Museum. Further evidence of the support to the Museum from the local community and is very much appreciated.
Seen in this photo is Graham and Irene from the Lions Mike, Alan, Viv and Sue from the Museum outside the Museum premises.
Posted by Rayleigh Town Museum on May 22, 2015 at 4:10 AM
For a small fee you can climb up the church tower and see views like this. Holy Trinity Church on Bank Holiday Monday. Come and see our exhibition & sales stall (together with RayleighThrough the Looking Glass) as part of the Tower Open Day.
Posted by Rayleigh Town Museum on May 20, 2015 at 9:10 AM
Mike Davies Chairman of the Rayleigh Town Museum is delighted to announce that the Rotary Club of Rayleigh Mill have donated £500 towards the set up costs of the Town Museum as part of their support to groups within the local Community. This is yet
further evidence of the support to the Museum from all parts of the local community and is very much appreciated.
Seen in this photo is Mike Cocks (Rotary Community Officer) with members of the Museum group (left to right Viv, Alan, Linda, Roger, Margaret, Mike and Trevor) at the cheque presentation outside the Museum premises
Posted by Rayleigh Town Museum on May 20, 2015 at 9:05 AM
"Building work has commenced at the rear of 91 High Street (the kitchen area for Pizza Express) and when digging the foundations the builders have found a number of interesting items. These are two photos showing some of the items.
These will form part of our "House History" project and a lot of work will be required to investigate the dates and possible location of the wood, bricks, tiles and china more of which will no doubt be found as building work progresses.
One concern is the condition of the wood, it has been underground in damp earth for many years (hundreds???) and is now exposed. How it is best preserved?? before it disintegrates-we do not have a pot of money, the expertise, or the volunteers who have the time to research and deal with.
Ideas and suggestions as to how best to deal with this important question are welcome.
Mike Davies - Chairman "
Posted by Rayleigh Town Museum on May 20, 2015 at 9:00 AM
This picture was sent to us by the well-known Rayleigh Regal
Cinema Manager (Ron Stewart).
Are you in this photo taken on 23rd September 1972? Do you know anyone in this photo? Do you have any memories of the Regal Cinema? It was a competition to advertise Carry on Matron.
The winners were 1st Julie Lay from Hullbridge, Runners up were Susan Cooke and Paula Chalkey
Posted by Rayleigh Town Museum on April 29, 2015 at 1:00 PM
The Museum Team have been recognised for their efforts by Rayleigh Town Council and were awarded the Community Award at the Annual Town Meeting on Wednesday 22nd April at Sweyne Park School.
Posted by Rayleigh Town Museum on March 31, 2015 at 8:50 AM
These stained glass windows from Rayleigh Stadium are the latest acquisition for the museum. Aren't they wonderful.
Posted by Rayleigh Town Museum on March 25, 2015 at 12:50 PM
The work on 91 High Street has Started.
Posted by Rayleigh Town Museum on March 22, 2015 at 6:50 AM
Mark Francois MP congratulating Mike Davies and the Team from Rayleigh Town Museum in receiving a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund to get the Museum started. Outside 91 High Street in Rayleigh. The Museum will be on the first floor.
Photo by Paul Dunt from the Rayleigh Review
Posted by Rayleigh Town Museum on March 19, 2015 at 12:20 PM
GREAT NEWS! The Museum has got its funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund. See the press release.