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Take a trip down memory lane at Braintree Museum

October 17th 2016
By: Melanie
Take a trip down memory lane at Braintree Museum

If you are looking for something to do over this half term how about visiting the new exhibition of local postcards, posters and porcelain on display at the Braintree District Museum.

It is a fabulous collection showing places in Braintree, Bocking, The Notleys, Stisted, Rayne, Cressing, High Garrett and Faulkbourne. Amusing and comic postcards made at the start of the Twentieth Century will also feature – There is always ‘something doing’ at Braintree. There will be over 400 weird and wonderful pieces of Braintree crested china on display from lighthouses to beach huts and a banjo to charabancs. The exhibition will also feature a children’s trail, a selfie photo booth, an opportunity for visitors to share their memories and make their own postcard to post in a Victorian dated post box from Faulkbourne village. We will also be offering a reproduction service if you would like copies of any of the postcards on display.

The collection belongs to John Adlam, John and his wife Sandra, have been great supporters of Braintree District Museum, volunteering for twenty years as well as being members of the Museum Friends. John was a collector as a small child and recalls gathering cigarette cards, matchbox labels and coins from the age of five. At the end of the 1980s, he was given a small collection of Braintree postcards from his daughter and the bug for collecting postcards began. He now has over two and a half thousand postcards of Braintree, Bocking, the Notleys, Stisted, Cressing, High Garrett, Faulkbourne and Rayne. In addition, he has also collected many carte de visits and cabinet cards of Braintree photographers showing portraits of local people. John is also the Chairman of Mid- Essex Postcard group.

For more information please check out their website at website at www.braintreemuseum.co.uk. For more information on any of the above please contact the Museum by calling 01376 325266 or emailing: info@braintreemuseum.co.uk