The Weather Vane in Winter
© Harlow Museum
- The museum is located in the stable block of the former Mark Hall Manor House – visited on three occasions by Queen Elizabeth I. It is surrounded by the beautiful 16th century walled gardens which make a perfect picnic spot in the spring and summer. The museum’s 3 galleries tell the story of Harlow, displaying local finds from a mammoth tusk to the remarkable local Roman collection, discovered in part at Harlow’s Roman temple site nearby. There is a temporary exhibition programme with a focus on integrating items from the collection with national events. We also have community activities in our open spaces, family workshops for our younger visitors and there are special interest talks and trails for the curious. The museum is also home to the John Collins Cycle Collection which, amongst over 50 bicycles, includes 5 Penny Farthings, a Quintuplet, a rare Hobby Horse and Rayleigh Bomber. The museum’s study centre provides archive materials, newspaper records from the 1950s, maps, drawings, oral histories, local photographs and parish records (in partnership with Essex Record Office). We welcome academics who are studying new town architecture, planning and public art collections.