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Saffron Walden Museum given top award by TripAdvisor

Saffron Walden Museum has been awarded a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence for consistently impressing visitors.

SW Museum receives Trip Advisor Award

The museum, which is run by Uttlesford District Council in partnership with the Saffron Walden Museum Society Ltd, was presented with the certificate based on a 4.5 out of 5 star rating on the travel and tourism review website during 2017. It is the third time the museum has received the prestigious award.

Reviews posted on the website have been overwhelmingly positive toward the museum, with customers describing it as "excellent", "well worth a visit" and "a gem of a museum".

One visitor said: "Have visited a couple of times with visitors to the area. A varied selection of displays linked to the local area. Well arranged, informative and engaging."

Another posted: "There's so much to see, the exhibits are from all over the district, not just Saffron Walden and it's clearly run by a forward-thinking team. We recommend a visit!"

Carolyn Wingfield, the museum's Curator, said: "We would like to thank everyone who has shared their experiences of the museum on TripAdvisor. The website is an established measure of customer satisfaction and to consistently receive such positive reviews from visitors is fantastic.

"This award is a credit to our team of staff and volunteers who endeavour to provide a friendly visiting environment, great events and fascinating displays."

One of the country's oldest purpose-built local museums, the award-winning family-friendly Saffron Walden Museum explores the archaeology, natural history and social history of north-west Essex and the wider world.

It has displays of costume, geology, archaeology, ceramics, local history, world cultures, ancient Egypt, natural history and so much more. And with a rolling programme of special exhibitions, activities and events throughout the year, there's always something new to see and do!

The current exhibition, Completing the Look: 300 Years of Fashion Accessories, looks at how accessories have fitted in with the way fashion has been affected by politics, social change and popular culture over the past three centuries. Featuring beautiful items dating from as early as 1720 up to the end of the 1970s, the exhibition explores the reasons behind changes in fashion and what we can discover about the lives of people through what they chose to wear. The exhibition runs until 30 July.


Saffron Walden Museum is open:

March - October:Tuesday to Saturday - 10am to 5pm; Sunday and Bank Holidays - 2pm to 5pm

November - February: Tuesday to Saturday - 10am to 4.30pm; Sunday and Bank Holidays - 2pm to 4.30pm

The museum is closed to the public on Mondays, but is open on Bank Holiday Monday afternoons 2-5pm.

Entry is free for all those 18 and under, £2.50 for adults and £1.25 for concessions.

For more information visit the website or follow the museum on Twitter @SW_Museum and on Facebook: SaffronWaldenMuseum