Rayleigh, its People, Places and Heritage
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.
Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
10am to 4pm
Entry is Free
We are a Tourist Information Point
with local walk leaflets available as well.
Extra Speedway Talk
Thursday 19th July at 7.30pm
Due to popular demand the museum are re running the Rayleigh Rockets & Rayleigh Stadium talk.
This talk by Trevor Rand tells the fascinating story of the heyday of Rayleigh Stadium and the speedway team.
Tickets are available from the museum at £3.50 for Friends or £4.
Knit a Poppy
In November this year Rayleigh Town Council along with Holy Trinity (and others) will be producing a "weeping poppies window" on the tower of Holy Trinity (on a netting so as not to actually touch the tower brickwork) as part of the Town's annual Remembrance commemorations.
The plan is for this poppy window to contain as many knitted poppies as possible, stretching towards the British Legion Hall. The aim is to have up to 10,000 poppies (2,000 are already complete) and this note is to ask for your help.
Patterns available as a pdf here Poppy Patterns
These are a guideline, but please feel free to use your own design if you wish. Size to be in the region of a tennis ball with a red poppy, green leaf, and either a black button or black cloth button whichever you prefer.
Why stop at just one, some contributors have already made over half a dozen.
There are a number of local groups who are taking part, such as local WI groups and Knit and Natter clubs, and I would like the Museum to play our part within the community as well.
Please bring poppies in as soon as they are complete to the Museum and then we will pass them over in one go.
If you are a member of a local club, group, organisation please feel free to pass this note on as the more poppies that can be produced the more impressive the town's display will be.
ERO Audio-Video Kiosk
Chairman of the Museum Mike Davies trying out the Audio-Video Kiosk on loan until the 18th July 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
Let us know what you think of your visit
See some comments here What You Think
Two new unique postcards of Rayleigh Town & Rayleigh Town Museum
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
Join the Friends of Rayleigh Town Museum
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