Plans for museum redevelopment are unveiled

An artist's impression of the plans to redevelop Braintree District Museum.

An artist's impression of the plans to redevelop Braintree District Museum. - Credit: Archant

AN application for the redevelopment of Braintree District Museum has been submitted to the planning authority.

The museum’s trust has launched its plans – which will be phased over three years – to improve the museum for residents and tourists alike.

Amongst the scheme is to:

• Create a multi-purpose exhibition, display, meeting and talks gallery with a large mezzanine floor for the display of museum collections

• Introduce a new local history gallery

• Build an interactive natural history gallery, focused on John Ray

• Refurbish the Victorian classroom

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• Open a new Schools Room

• Expand the existing catering facilities

• Design a John Ray inspired garden

• A visible Shop and entrance closer to the Town Centre

• A new entrance to the site opened north to south between Museum Walk and

Manor Street, to raise the profile of the Museum

John McKee, chairman of the museum trust said: “The Trustees and staff are keen to use the launch of the Scheme as an opportunity to start the consultation with local people and organisations on the development of their Museum. The build project will be phased over three years to allow for fundraising and to maintain services as far as possible throughout the works. The current estimated cost is over £1m.”

The initial Museum scheme design has been funded by a Community Capital Grant of £8,000 from the Essex County Council Big Society Fund that aims to enhance community assets. Further information on the Fund can be found at

For further information please contact John McKee on 07917 630323 or