Harwich Museum

August Newsletter

As we march on towards Autumn, waving goodbye to summer, here’s a quick review of our August events.

August was a busy month for us here at the museum.  We started off with a Children’s craft session where they enjoyed a variety of arts and crafts and thoroughly enjoyed themselves – there were a few budding Picasso’s amongst them.


This following week Libby from Seaside Explorers visited us and ran a hands-on session with both children and adults on shore-life, tales of maritime dramas, the secret of the beach and the creatures that live there.  There were lots of oohs and aahs from those that attended – and even a few erghs!

Our August events cumulated with our 2nd birthday long weekend of celebrations from the 18th to the 20th August.


We started with our Coffee Morning on Friday 18th August where lots of tea, coffee and cake were enjoyed.


On Sunday the 20th we had a 1940s/Dads Army themed day.  Museum volunteers and stall holders dressed up in 1940s outfits and we were joined by volunteers from the Redoubt dressed as 1940s home guard. We also had the Iconic Jones’s van from the BBC tv series Dads Army in our car park which attracted lots of attention.


A sold-out talk was given by Tony Tarran and Paul Carpenter to celebrate the work of hit comedy writers Jimmy Perry and David Croft including Dad’s Army and Hi-de-Hi! with lots of facts and clips from the series and was thoroughly enjoyed by all in attendance.  Lots of people had their photo taken with Jones’s van and it also did a tour around Dovercourt as well.  Not bad for a van built in 1935!


As always, we want to give a big shout out and thank you to all our volunteers who worked hard to ensure this event was the success it was.


Photos from the event can be found under Gallery on our website and also on our Facebook Page @Harwich Museum.


Looking now to September’s events, we start off with a visit from the Essex Air Ambulance Motorcycle run on Sunday 10th September.  Come down and admire the bikes and enjoy light refreshments from our tea room.

The following weekend 16th and 17th September, is the Open Heritage Weekend.  Heritage Open Days is England’s largest festival of history and culture, and entry to the museum is free for the weekend but donations are welcome.


Our regular monthly quiz will be held on Tuesday 19th September and our final event for September will be our Macmillan Coffee Morning on Friday 29th September.


From the 2nd October our opening days will be Thursday to Sunday only with our normal opening times.


Future dates for your diary are:


Ahead of the Sea Shanty festival, on Saturday 7th October at 11am, the museum will host a talk on sea shanties and their origins.  Tickets are limited so please book in advance by emailing groupbookings@harwichmuseum.co.uk 


Sunday 8th October – Roman Roadsters Classic Car Show will be taking over our car park, so pop down and admire a selection of beautiful vintage vehicles.

14th and 15th October Harwich International Sea Shanty Festival.
This year marks the 18th anniversary of Harwich International Shanty Festival.

Saturday 9th December – Harwich Museum Christmas Fayre at Kingsway Hall.



All our events are on the Events page on our website https://www.harwichmuseum.com/events/


Thank you for your support and we look forward to seeing you soon.