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Bishop’s Stortford Museum

Open Hours

Mon-Fri,  10am-5pm
Saturday 10am-4pm

Contact Us

01279 710204
Bishop’s Stortford Museum opens the doors to the fascinating history of the town and surrounding area.  With our mix of family friendly local history displays, holiday activities and themed walks and talks, we have something to offer the whole family.   If you want to explore the history of the town even further why not pick up a Town Trail – they are free and available from the Museum and Tourist Information Centre.  You can add a treat to your visit by taking a break in our Maltings Bar, themed to celebrate the town’s industrial heritage, which stocks a range of hot and cold drinks, snacks and Tiptree cakes.


Discover and Make – Archaeological Pottery

Tuesday 1st and Wednesday 2nd June

Booking Essential

Discover how archaeologists record their pottery finds.  Piece together a broken pot and learn how to measure and draw it and then identify which era it is from.  You will then get to make a clay “pinch” pot of your own to take home.

£6 per child.  Suitable for accompanied children aged 8+.  Call to book your socially distanced table.

Kids Crafts – Centipede Pen Pot

Thursday 3rd and Friday 4th June

Booking Essential

Make yourself this fabulous centipede pen pot using recycled materials – it will help you keep things neat tidy while you are colouring and crafting!

Suitable for accompanied children aged 6+.  This is a free activity with a suggested minimum donation of £1 per child.

We have got a fun packed half term lined up for you with a great new selection of booked craft activities along with a selection of new quizzes, trails.  We want you to be safe while you visit us and so have taken steps to ensure that all of our activities are COVID-Secure. 

You will notice that we have been making some changes to our displays on the first floor over the last few months.  This is part of a 2 year programme of improvements that we are bringing in to make your visit an even more interesting and enjoyable experience.    If you have any questions for us, either about our COVID Secure measures, our crafts programme or what our future plans are for the museum just speak to a member of the museum team who will be pleased to help you.

Easter Holiday Crafts

Don’t worry if you didn’t get to try out our Easter holiday craft activities – you can still access them here.

Week 1

Week 2


Last year we hosted a display on the recent excavations carried out by Oxford Archaeology East at Whittington Way.  Excavations like this are really transforming our understanding of the early development of Bishop’s Stortford and we are delighted that we were the first local venue to host the display.  Although the display has now finished we have created a small virtual version of it so you can still stay up to date with this latest development even if you were unable to visit in person.

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Object of the Month

Over the last two years the museum volunteers have written some fascinating feature articles for the Bishop’s Stortford Independent Newspaper.  We have added the back catalogue of articles to our website to form an on-line archive – as each new article is published it will be added to this great local history resource.

The Museum in Your Own Home!

Although we are now open again some of you may still prefer to visit us from the safety of your own home (or phone) using our virtual tour of the 2nd floor museum display.   When you are in the tour you can “grab” the background with a left click of your mouse and pull the background to the left, right, up or down to look around.  As you do this you will see icons embedded in the image.  “Arrow” icons are to help you move from one area to the next, “i” icons display information when you hover your cursor over it.  You can toggle between regular and full screen with the square icon at the top left corner of the tour.

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