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.

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Half Term Rayleigh Railway

31st October - "International Year of the Periodic Table"

10am - 2pm

Chemistry is at the centre of everything you can see, smell, touch and taste.

A children's hands on science event to celebrate the International Year of the Periodic Table with the Essex Section of the Royal Society of Chemistry. Come along and learn how to make sherbet, experiment with a lemon battery, build a molecule and much more.
Entry is Free!

Royal Society of Chemistry website

International Year of the Periodic Table

In 1986 Pupils from Glebe School created A Domesday Tapestry for a competition to illustrate the basic reasons for the making of the Domesday Book. Over 300 children were involved in its creation. It is now on display in the museum for a limited period. Included with the tapestry and associated papers and albums the Museum holds the individual names of many of the children who took part. Perhaps one of them is reading this now, or perhaps you know someone who was at Glebe in 1986. If so we would love to hear from you as we may have your original drawing or photo during the making of the tapestry, if so please get in touch and pop in and see us, and tell us your personal memories.

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Domesday Tapestry

Quiz Rayleigh Library

130th Anniversary Railway Rayleigh

We have Noel Beer's book When the Railway came to Rayleigh on sale for £4
Noel Beer Books

2020 Calendar

We have a new range of merchandise, come in and take look. More pictures soon.
Spitfire merchandise

A selection of Wooden Toys
Wooden Toys



This is the result of a community coming together.

We are proud to have played a small part in this installation at Holy Trinity Church. Many thanks to those who spent hours knitting or crocheting the Poppies. Well done Rayleigh Town Council, Nicola and the team at Holy Trinity. What a fantastic community effort to remember the citizens of Rayleigh killed while serving their country.




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Two new unique postcards of Rayleigh Town & Rayleigh Town Museum
50p each

Pictures of Rayleigh Pictures of Rayleigh Town Museum

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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)

Charitable Incorporated Organisation 1159405