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Museum announces tour winners

18 April 2019
Iron Age minted coins, a clock and medal, and a women's war uniform have been named Thurrock's favourite artefacts in a public vote. 
Earlier this year, Thurrock Museum invited residents to decide which 3 historical items out of a shortlist of 10 best illustrated Thurrock’s rich heritage. A total of 340 votes were cast online, in libraries and at Purfleet Community Hub. 
Results were as follows:

Peter Braham - from Jamaica to Thurrock

20 June 2018
When he first arrived in the UK, Peter Braham couldn't understand why his parents had chosen to start a new life in a country without sunshine, but looking back 59 years later he is glad his family had emigrated from the Jamaican countryside as part of the 'Windrush generation' in the 1950s.

In the 59 years since he moved here, Peter has raised a family, established a successful TV repair business and is now happily semi-retired and enjoying the fruits of his labours, all in Thurrock.

Agriculture to industry - the evolution of Thurrock since 1948

20 June 2018
On 22 June 1948, 492 migrants from the Caribbean disembarked at Tilbury Docks, arriving in response to adverts to help Great Britain in the aftermath of the Second World War.

Thurrock has changed immeasurably since that time, but just what would have greeted the new arrivals 70 years ago and how would it have compared with what the borough looks like today?

Second World War shell to go on display in Purfleet

21 February 2018
The shell of a British Second World War anti-tank round which was found in Grays last week is set to go on display at Purfleet Heritage and Military Centre.
The 6lb solid shot round is thought to date from around 1940. It was the ammunition used by our forces' Quick Firing 57mm anti-tank guns.
The round was originally unearthed in Oliver Way, Grays last Tuesday. Thurrock Council has secured the return of the shell, which will soon join the collection at Purfleet Heritage and Military Centre in Centurion Way.

Kynoch People Exhibition at Thameside

9 February 2018
Thurrock Council’s Museum World War 1 volunteers are presenting the final part of the Heritage Lottery Funded Kynoch exhibition.
The free exhibition will be hosted in Thameside Complex in Grays on the ground floor for nearly three weeks starting on Monday 26 February. 
The final part of the popular exhibition will show new information uncovered and inspired by visitors of the previous events.