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

Free Parking in Rayleigh, Saturdays in December

xmas closure


Why not have a short break
from Christmas shopping
and come and see our exhibition

Royalty Exhibition

17th November 2017 - 14th January 2018

Exhibition - Free Entry

royalty exhibition To coincide with the Queen’s 70th wedding anniversary, we have a collection of Royal Memorabilia and a look at when the Royals visited Rayleigh.

The Royalty Exhibition includes over 100 items, dating from the time of Queen Victoria to the present day. There are a number of items of commemorative china as well as many other items with a Royal connection. These include a model of the Royal Train, a coronation medal awarded as a prize by the Daily Mirror, a chamber pot displaying an image of Queen Victoria, a 100th birthday telegram, a souvenir silver jubilee vacuum flask and much, much more.

Children’s Activities - Free Entry

Delicious Chutneys

Come in and see the range we have

Christmas Chutney

Apricot Chilli Chutney

Christmas Chutney
Price £3.50
A combination of Bramley apples, walnuts and warming spices make Christmas Chutney an essential addition to your festive table

Apricot & Chilli Chutney
Price £3.50
A sweet and spicy chutney made with plump golden sultanas and succulent oranges. Great with pork.

Tourist information sign

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

Entry is Free

Our Unique Calendar

2018 Calendar

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.

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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

Join the Friends of Rayleigh Town Museum

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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