New collection unveiled at museum

PUBLISHED: 17:19 07 May 2008 | UPDATED: 07:00 30 May 2010

Flitch Exhibition at Maltings Museum.
Dunmow.
April 23, 2008.
Photograph by Michael Boyton.
Pic shows: Guests with the Flitch chair and a replica of the Flitch.
Names (L-R): 
Sat on the Flitch chair: Joan and Jack Shepherd (former winners of the Flitch Trials).
Standing: Steve Schorah; Rev Canon David Ainge; Rev Peter Street; Phil Milne; Mike Perry; Cllr Carol James.

Flitch Exhibition at Maltings Museum. Dunmow. April 23, 2008. Photograph by Michael Boyton. Pic shows: Guests with the Flitch chair and a replica of the Flitch. Names (L-R): Sat on the Flitch chair: Joan and Jack Shepherd (former winners of the Flitch Trials). Standing: Steve Schorah; Rev Canon David Ainge; Rev Peter Street; Phil Milne; Mike Perry; Cllr Carol James.

VOLUNTEERS at Great Dunmow Town Museum launched a new collection this week. The latest collection of Dunmow artefacts was given a private preview in front of Town Mayor Carol James before opening to the public at the weekend. Museum Manager Steve Schorah

VOLUNTEERS at Great Dunmow Town Museum launched a new collection this week.

The latest collection of Dunmow artefacts was given a private preview in front of Town Mayor Carol James before opening to the public at the weekend.

Museum Manager Steve Schorah said: "We have taken the museum forward over the years and it has really become a place to meet and talk about old times, as well as highlight the town's history in all its glory."

The summer exhibition has three new collections which all have fantastic relevance to up and coming events.

Mr Schorah said: "We have a huge flitch collection now including a program dating back to 1855, when the flitch trials moved to Great Dunmow from Little Dunmow, and a flitch version of a Minton mug depicting Queen Victoria and Albert winning a flitch."

The exhibition also has a picture board commemorating 50 years of Helena Romanes School (named Helena Romanes in 1970) with old photos of pupils and teachers including a science teacher Mrs Steele, remember her? There is a long rolled out school photograph that you may want to put your name to and remembers yesteryear.

Finishing off the collection is some war time history of the American Army 386 bomber squadron which flew out of the old airfield north of Dunmow, including medals, pictures and ration books.

Mr Schorah said: "The museum is really buzzing at the moment, it is a superb collection."

The museum is open Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holidays from 11am until 4pm, entry is £1.50 for adults and £1.00 for concessions.

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