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The Chairman of Uttlesford District Council, Cllr Geoffrey Sell, hosted a charity fundraising event at Saffron Walden Museum to introduce friends and colleagues to the recently-opened exhibition.

Chairman's Museum Event

Invited guests, including representatives from other local authorities, enjoyed an evening discovering the museum's collections, including the current exhibition, From the Hazely Brick Earth: Agriculture in North-West Essex, which explores agriculture in Uttlesford in both the past and the present. It includes the stories of farmers, tradesmen and scientists who continue to work in these agricultural trades and how they have changed over time.

The event was held to raise funds for the Chairman's nominated charities, Support 4 Sight and Essex Wildlife Trust.

Visitors explored the exhibit of historic objects, photographs and film from the museum's extensive agricultural collection shown alongside contemporary photographs and film provided by Saffron Drones, with an accompaniment of canapes and wine served in the ground floor archaeology gallery.

Museum staff were on hand to talk to guests and show them objects and specimens from the collections which reflected the charities' interests. Guests took part in a 'guess the object' challenge to identify and describe objects by touch alone, and learned about the Museum's work in Uttlesford with natural history and ecology.

They also had the opportunity to learn about the council's restoration project for Walden Castle and see the work that has been done so far to improve the structure of the Norman keep.

Cllr Sell said: "Uttlesford has a remarkable history of agricultural work which continues to this day. Although the tools and techniques may have changed the spirit of agricultural labour remains the same.

"It is a privilege to have this history on our doorstep and to be able to share it with friends and fellow members. We should never take for granted the contribution made by those who work the land, especially in these more fast-paced modern times.

"I would like to thank everybody who attended the event, and of course the staff at the museum for hosting it."

Curator Carolyn Wingfield said: "It was an honour to host an event in support of the Essex Wildlife Trust and Support 4 Sight, both charities with which the Museum regularly works."

From the Hazely Brick Earth: Agriculture in North-West Essex , which has been kindly sponsored by RAGT Seeds and NFU Mutual (Saffron Walden), is open until 29 July 2018 during the museum's opening hours, which are Tuesday to Saturday 10am to 5pm, and Sundays and Bank Holidays 2pm-5pm (closing is 4.30pm from November to February).

For more information see the museum's website at www.saffronwaldenmuseum.org, or call 01799 510333.

24 April 2018