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Museum initiative lists successes a year on from heritage fund boost

21 October 2019
Thurrock Museum's Attic Project has come to an end, a year after the initiative was awarded £10,000 from the National Lottery Heritage Fund which enabled museum volunteers to organise its archive of historical artefacts so that new items could be displayed within the collection.

Remembering the 'Phoney War' in Thurrock

17 October 2019
Air raids and heavy fighting are the focus of Thurrock Museum's latest exhibition marking the events of World War II.
Until 11am on Friday 1 November, residents can discover why the first few months of the Second World War were nicknamed the 'Phoney War' in a display at the Thameside Complex's ground floor exhibition space in Orsett Road, Grays.
The exhibition, compiled by Thurrock Museum volunteers, showcases how people in Thurrock coped and how they supported the onset of war when the anticipated air raids and heavy fighting did not materialise. During this time:

World War 2 memories come to life

22 July 2019
Find out what World War 2 (WWII) was really like for people living in the borough at a free exhibition in Grays.
Residents can discover how the war affected Thurrock in the 'WWII Memories of Thurrock' exhibition, compiled by Thurrock Museum volunteers, in the ground floor exhibition space of the Thameside Complex in New Road, Grays.
Visitors can explore images like the one below from Thurrock Museum's archives, local newspapers and other sources. Photos from family collections will also be showcased, displaying local people and places.

World War One memorial artwork goes on show in Grays

8 July 2019
Community-inspired artwork marking 100 years since the end of the First World War will be on display in Grays next week.
From Tuesday 9 July to Thursday 18 July, local residents and visitors can study a collection of arts, crafts, poetry and homemade poppies on the first floor gallery space of the Thameside Complex in Orsett Road, Grays during normal opening hours.

Museum competition winners commence borough-wide tour

1 July 2019
Three winning artefacts that were named Thurrock’s favourites in a public vote will begin their tour around the borough this week.
Earlier this year, residents picked Iron Age minted coins, a clock and medal, and women's war uniform out of a shortlist of 10 Thurrock Museum items, which they believed best illustrated Thurrock's rich heritage.
Thanks to the National Lottery Heritage-funded Thurrock’s Attic Project, the three artefacts will be showcased alongside an informative pop-up banner at the following venues:

Peace exhibition concludes museum's commemoration of World War One

17 June 2019
A free exhibition focusing on peace in Britain and Europe after World War One will be held at the Thameside Complex later this month.
From Monday 24 June to 11am on Friday 5 July, residents can discover how the First World War officially ended with the signing of the Treaty of Versailles on 28 June 1919.
'The Peace – Making a New Europe' exhibition, researched and presented by Thurrock Museum volunteers, will be located in the ground floor gallery of the Thameside Complex in Orsett Road, Grays.