Earls Colne Heritage Museum

Earls Colne Heritage Museum is located in The Old Water Tower of the former Atlas Works–the R.Hunt agricultural machinery foundry, which was pivotal to the development of the village from a purely agricultural to an industrial village in the 19th & 20th centuries.

Founded in 2005, the Museum is home to artefacts from the Neolithic to the 21st century and is also a centre for village historical and family research.

Since re-opening, the Museum is actively re-engaging with the village and beyond, with a programme of walks, talks, school visits and liaison with other museums.

A current conservation activity is to digitise a unique collection of local newspaper cutting archives covering over 100 years of Earls Colne history since the late 1800’s.

We welcome both visitors and online enquiries.

Earls Colne in Earliest Times

In Roman times this part of Essex was occupied by a native tribe called the Trinovantes. The tribal centre, that we know as Colchester and which they called Cumulodunum, became the capital of the Roman province.

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Re-used Roman bricks

Tile and brick production has been a long-established local industry and re-used Roman bricks have been identified in the base of the tower of St. Andrew’s Church, Earls Colne

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The Atlas Works and the Hunt Family

Robert Hunt, a travelling millwright, settled in Earls Colne in 1824. His first workshop was on the Green, next to the Baptist Church.

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The Second World War

Earls Colne aerodrome played a significant part in the air campaign during the Second World War.
Construction of the runways started in 1941 and the Royal Air Force was using the aerodrome within 18 months.

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Tucked away on a housing estate in Earls Colne, this museum in a WaterTower is a hidden little gem!

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We are very pleased that the military uniform and effects of Lt Robert Ransom USAAF are now on permanent display at the Essex Golf Club on Business Park. www.hobbsestates.co.uk/history Our thanks to his daughters Karen Ransom Harris & Roberta Ransom Ziegler for donating these, and the generosity of Mr Malcolm Hobbs of Hobbs Estates for providing the purpose-built case and facilitating the display. The display adds much to the existing photographs and memorabilia - showcasing the heritage of the Airfield as a very important operational base in WW2 for both the USAAF & RAF.Aged 21, Lt Robert "Clipper" Ransom piloted 50 combat missions from Earls Colne in a B-26 Marauder "Hades Lady" from 1943-1944. He is pictured in the centre of the photograph having his cigarette lit by one of his crew. He is wearing the service hat that is now on display.The display is in the reception, no membership is required to view.. ... See MoreSee Less
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We've recently been contacted by a metal detectorist who found this lovely badge/brooch in a field in Fordham - with the inscription "Earls Colne Dance Club". Anyone else have one in their possession? Would like to know its history! ... See MoreSee Less
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HOW TO FIND US

Opening Hours

Open every Saturday & Sunday 2-4pm
Wednesdays 2-4pm May-October

Travelling from the West (Halstead):
About 100 yards past the Zebra Crossing,
take the first right into Massingham Drive
keep on this road and the museum is on your left.

Travelling from the east via Earls Colne High Street:
Take the second left after the Zebra Crossing into Massingham Drive,
keep on this road and the museum is on your left.
On a lamppost opposite the turn into Massingham Drive
is a small brown sign pointing to the museum.