Brightlingsea Museum

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1 Duke Street

A major display gives an insight into how the people of Brightlingsea lived in Roman times. From the evidence of central heating, glass in windows, decorated walls and the wide range of of kitchen and tableware found locally it would seem local residents enjoyed comfortable living. Examples of all of these items are on display, taken from the Brightlingsea Museum collection with the addition of important items from Colchester Museum. From Colchester are pots dredged from the sea by Brightlingsea fishermen, and the very expensive food mixer with a lion's head decoration which so impressed Dr Dicken in his 'History of Brightlingsea' (1913 and 1939). Other displays include the shipbuilding, with extensive photographic displays of the town's two major shipyards, as well as the oyster and stowboating industry. All of this and our permanent exhibitions about our connections with the Cinque Ports and the days of railway in Brightlingsea. We also have a wide selection of videos of different events in the town, some of them going back some while - are you in them?

Further information

Opening Hours:

Easter to 30 September Sun 1400-1700 Mon 1400-1700 Sat 1000-1600 Open bank holidays & other times by appt Closed: 1st October to Easter


Free, Donations appreciated

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Facilities and services


  • Education facilities available
  • Meeting room available
  • Object study facilities available (enquire in advance)
  • Study facilities
  • Wheelchair access to some public areas


  • Brochure or leaflet available with directions to museum
  • Events and resources for children and families
  • General guide to collections available
  • Information point provided
  • Pre-booking service for groups
  • Specialist publications on collections available

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