Mersea Island Museum

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West Mersea, Essex

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Museum in the centre of the village covering the history of Mersea Island and the surrounding area. Traditional local activities of fishing, oystering, farming, wild fowling, boat building; holidays, yachting, local families, 2,000 year old contents of Mersea Barrow. Open May to September with a new main exhibition each year. School and other groups welcomed. Puzzles and quizzes for children. Audio guides.

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Mersea Island Museum
Mersea Island Museum, High Street, WEST MERSEA, Essex, CO5 8QD
Phone : 01206 385191
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About the area

Discover Essex

Essex is full of pleasant surprises. It has the largest coastline of any county in England, with its fair share of castles, royal connections and scenic valleys. Take Colchester, for example, which was built by the Romans and is Britain’s oldest recorded town. Its castle contains the country’s largest Norman keep and yet, a stone’s throw from here, East Anglia’s newest arts centre promises to put Colchester firmly on the map as Essex’s capital of culture.

Tidal estuaries are plentiful and their mudflats offer migrating birds a winter feeding place. Essex was known as the land of the East Saxons and for centuries people from all over Europe settled here, each wave leaving its own distinctive cultural and social mark on the landscape. Walking a little off the beaten track will lead you to the rural retreats of deepest Essex, while all over the county there are ancient monuments to explore: 

  • the great Waltham Abbey
  • Greensted, thought to be the oldest wooden church in the world
  • the delightful village of Pleshey has one of the finest examples of a former motte-and-bailey castle
  • Hedingham Castle, magnificently preserved and dating from the 11th century.

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