The Regal Room

Rayleigh, its People, Places and Heritage

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Local History Group 'Rayleigh Through the Looking Glass' have over time acquired a significant
number of Rayleigh related artefacts, such as postcards, maps, books, ephemera and much more.
These have been displayed at a number of regular exhibitions held in the town but they now have
a permanent home for all to see, enjoy, and learn about our Town’s history.

Opening times

Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
10am to 4pm

Entry is Free

Tourist information sign

We are a Tourist Information Point
with local walk leaflets available as well.

Let us know what you think of your visit

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Ken Taylor's Paintings

The museum is delighted to be displaying a selection of paintings by local artist Ken Taylor.
You may have seen copies of Ken's paintings on the Rayleigh Museum Christmas cards and calendars.
There are some fantastic paintings, many of Rayleigh and there are some that are For Sale.

Paintings by Ken Taylor

Our latest aquisition

A wonderful and poignant item for our collection.
Awarded to Alfred S J Negus and presented to the museum at a special presentation on Remembrance Sunday by his son Geoffrey.

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".

See a picture of the presentation on our News Page

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.

Artic Star Medal
See The Royal Navy website for more information.


Coach Trips

See our new Coach Trip page

Coach Trips

Kirbys Coach

Answers to the Friend's Newsletter Quiz are on our News page

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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

Please check back here regularly for updates on our progress and information on fundraising events.

For more information or feel you can help us in any way please contact Mike Davies

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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)

Charitable Incorporated Organisation 1159405