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Discover our collections – they cover both human and natural history. These collections are full of objects which tell us not only what life was like thousands of years ago but also about life today.


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The human instinct to create and express our imagination has been with us for thousands of years.

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The area now known as Essex was at the forefront of social and economic developments in the Bronze Age due to its proximity to and connection with continental Europe.

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The wealth of the late Iron Age elite in Colchester area is reflected by the richness of the grave goods discovered.

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Collections of preserved insects, birds, mammals, reptiles and amphibians, plant material, animal bones, fossils, rocks and minerals!

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Objects abound to astound and confound. They were found in the ground, perhaps under a mound!

Roman solider and shield

The wealth and status of Roman Colchester is reflected in many of the graves which were lavishly furnished with objects.

A washboard

Domestic and social life from 1600 to the present day.



Objects dating from all three periods of the Stone Age.


Egyptian mask

What did the Ancient Egyptians eat? Did they go to school? What did they look like?


Angles and Saxons came, built the foundations of our town and gave us the language most of us still speak – English.



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