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.

Sharon Davies


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.


The funeral of Sharon Davies will take place at Southend Crematorium (West Chapel) at 11.20am on Mon 5th November.
All are most welcome to attend, also the reception after at the Holy Trinity Parish Hall in Rayleigh.
Family flowers preferred with donations (to Adams Funeral Directors Rayleigh High Street) to both the Rayleigh Town Museum and the Rayleigh RNLI.
Mike requests attendees to the funeral wear something purple as this was Sharon's favourite colour.

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.

Many Thanks
Mike Davies

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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)

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