Our most famous ceramic is "The Chelmsford Sissies", a contemporary decorative and narrative pot by the Chelmsford-born Turner Prize winner Grayson Perry.
Works by internationally acclaimed potter Joanna Constantinidis, who lived in Little Baddow and taught in Chelmsford are also on display.
Also of international reputation are pots and drawings by Bob Washington.
Our fantastic displays include 17th-18th century tin glaze pottery and the unusual Victorian "Essex Art Pottery" made by Edward Bingham and his family at Hedingham Castle.
WILDLIFE AND GEOLOGY
A number of rooms display a fine collection of fossils, a living beehive and British wildlife galleries.
The fossil collections are rich in Jurassic, Cretaceous, Eocene, Pliocene and Pleistocene material.
Our wildlife galleries display taxidermy mounts including some rare birds, along with mammals and vertebrates.
In between the two rooms is our popular living honeybee observation hive. Watch as the bees fly off into Oaklands Park and come back to make honey. And don't forget to look out for the Queen!
Our geology collection and biology collection showcase some fantastic specimens.
COINS AND TOKENS
Discover our excellent collection of Roman, Saxon and English coins.
The displays include a near complete series of 17th and 18th Century Essex tokens.
Three hoards of Celtic coins are displayed within the Story of Chelmsford Exhibition. These contain Gallo-Belgic staters, Ingoldisthorpe/Westerham staters and a fine group of early Cunobelin biga coins.
You can see some of our coins in the archaeology collection online.