Saffron Walden Museum celebrates third-time travel review website win

PUBLISHED: 13:36 30 June 2017 | UPDATED: 13:36 30 June 2017

Saffron Walden Museum is celebrating after a being given a top award. Picture: SAFFRON WALDEN MUSEUM

Saffron Walden Museum is celebrating after a being given a top award. Picture: SAFFRON WALDEN MUSEUM

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Saffron Walden Museum is celebrating this month after being awarded a certificate of excellence by go-to travel ratings site, TripAdvisor.

The museum, which is run by Uttlesford District Council in partnership with the Saffron Walden Museum Society, was presented with the certificate after receiving a four and half star rating out of five on the review site this year.

Users were particularly impressed with the museum’s displays, particularly how informative and engaging they are.

One wrote: “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.”

Others described the attraction as “excellent” and another called it a “gem of a museum”.

The building is one of the country’s oldest purpose-built museums, and explores archaeology, the natural and social histories of north-west Essex.

Displays include costumes, geology, ceramics, with exhibitions on the wider world, such as ancient Egypt, too.

The news marks the third time the museum has won the certificate – much to the delight of its staff.

Carolyn Wingfield, curator of the site, 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.”

The museum’s current exhibition – Completing the Look: 300 Years of Fashion Accessories – looks at how accessories and fashion have been affected by politics, social change, and popular culture.

Items range from as early as 1720 to the late 1970s, and the display runs until July 30.

During the summer, the museum is open Tuesday to Saturday 10am to 5pm, and Sunday and Bank Holidays from 2pm to 5pm.

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

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