The Cater Museum is located in Billericay, in the Essex borough of Basildon. This popular museum is an 18th to 19th century building, where you can learn all about the Billericay's heritage, its businesses and industries, famous residents and local traditions. The Museum also has exhibits that commemorate the two world wars, with artefacts like compasses, gas masks and maps on display. The museum is a great place to visit if you're staying in Essex hotels and wish to learn more about the region's long history.
Discover History Come to Life from Hotels in Essex
This privately run museum is more than just a repository of old objects; it's a place where you and your family step back in time. Each room at the museum has certain themes, for example in Room 2 you'll encounter a full recreation of an early kitchen, complete with old coffee grinder, bellows for stoking the fire and even a cast iron bath. In room 6, you'll happen upon a collection of beautiful wooden furniture representing the best of local carpentry from the 18th to 20th centuries. There are events on at The Cater Museum throughout the year, including special days where you can try your hand with some of the historic tools and appliances.
A Great Day Out in Easy Reach of Nearby Essex Hotels
The Cater Museum tells the story not just of Billericay and the county of Essex, but covers many universal themes, such as the effect of warfare on small communities. So, you're staying in a nearby Essex hotel on holiday, the museum makes for a fascinating family-friendly day out. There are many Essex hotels nearby, including the magnificent Marygreen Manor hotel, which is located in Brentwood, a roughly 20-minutre drive away.
Once you're done at the Cater Museum, the market town of Billericay is well worth exploring. The site of a famous battle, the Battle of Billericay, during the time of the Peasant's Revolt way back in the 14th Century, things have since quietened down, and this characterful market town boasts a number of charming shops, pubs and eateries.