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.

The Museum is actively engaged with the village and beyond, with a programme of walks, talks, school visits and liaison with other museums.

A current activity is research to commemorate D-Day80 – the national commemoration of the 80th anniversary of  D-Day. Earls Colne Airfield, a USAAF B-26 Marauder bomber base 1943/4 was a vital cog in the preparations for D-Day.

The Museum welcomes 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!

Earls Colne will also commemorate the Normandy Landings including two talks in the Village Hall, Sat 1st (7pm) & Thu 6th June 1.30pm💥 The 80th anniversary of the D-Day landings is just 50 days away.It marked the start of the Allied operation to liberate France, and would ultimately lead to the defeat of the Nazis.Major commemorative events will be held in Portsmouth and Normandy to honour all those who fought and died. 🇬🇧🇫🇷👉 More information: dday80.campaign.gov.uk ... See MoreSee Less
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is there an A/V specialist in the village? Looking for assistance for a major talk - outputting A/V to multiple TVs & screens to a large audience ... See MoreSee Less
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It's not every day the Museum gets the cane! Retired teacher Alan Elsbury donated two "slightly used" canes from the Earls Colne Grammar School, dating from the 1960s to the Museum this weekend. He assures us he never actually used them! Also donated was the programme for the closure of the School in 1975. The Museum hold many artefacts & records from the School and the Old Colonians Association ... See MoreSee Less
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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.