During February and March 2019, we invited you to vote for your favourite object from a selection of 10 items from our archives.
We received 340 votes, and the results were as follows.
|Iron Age minted coins||72|
|Clock and medal||70|
|Women's war uniform||69|
|Melted hotel bell||58|
|Top hat and cane||49|
|Olympic Games bronze medal||33|
|16th century masonry||32|
|Medal for exceptional service||27|
We'll be telling the story of your three favourite objects through a touring exhibition that will visit the following events in 2019:
|29 June||Horndon Feast and Fayre|
|6 July||Thurrock International Celebration of Culture – forecourt of South Essex College and at St Peter and St Paul’s Church, Grays|
|26 July||Thurrock Thameside Nature park|
|29 July to 2 September||Thurrock Council Civic Offices reception, New Road, Grays, RM17 6SL|
|7 September||The Orsett Show|
|16 September to 27 September||Corringham Library|
|30 October onwards||Thameside Complex, Orsett Road, Grays, RM17 5DX|
You'll have an opportunity to handle objects. There will also be interactive activities that show how we look after objects at the museum.
You can read a little about the winning objects below
Iron Age minted coins
Did you know that people were exchanging money as early as 150BC? These coins, found in Thurrock, are thought to be the earliest examples of minted coins in this country – but who made them, and what do their images mean?
Clock and medal
This clock and medal were once awarded to a local hero for an act of bravery. The River Thames was a dangerous place in the 1900s, taking many lives. Discover out how a humble dock worker risked his own life to save another.
Women's war uniform
This uniform belonged to a local woman who carried out many important roles in south Essex during the Second World War. Find out about the woman who wore it and the Women's Land Army in Essex.