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Victorian clothing – exhibition shows what local fishermen would have worn

Brightlingsea Museum launches history trail guide

Brightlingsea Museum is launching a trail guide designed to give walkers a better insight into the town's history.

The trail features three routes of different lengths, taking in Brightlingsea's historic buildings and locations, and the guide gives information about their history, the origin of street names and more.

walking trail

The trail guide will be available for free – usual price £1 – this Saturday, July 3 from the museum in Station Road between 10am and 3pm. A launch ceremony outside the museum will be led by the Town Crier, and those completing the trail on the launch day will receive a certificate and a free cool drink on their return to the museum.

In the Alf Wakeling Gallery – named after its founding curator –visitors will also be able to see the museum's first temporary exhibition, featuring the clothing that would have been worn by a local fisherman in the Victorian era. The exhibition is the result of a project that the Brightlingsea branch of the U3A has been working on for several years in conjunction with the Pioneer Sailing Trust, resulting in a superb collection of clothing recreated as authentically as possible using materials, methods and patterns of the time. A book, Oysters and Oilskins, which tells some of the stories behind the clothes that kept fishermen warm and dry, is on sale too.

On Saturday 3rd July at 10.00am there will be quite a buzz in the museum when they launch the fully illustrated leaflet packed with information and with an easy-to-follow map which will guide walkers to discover some of Brightlingsea’s attractions and the buildings and sites behind the towns fascinating history.

After the ceremony outside the museum led by the Town Crier some of the invited guests will leave for the inaugural walk.

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