Tiptree Jam Museum
A lifetime ago, J.S. Wilkin began collecting the paraphernalia of preserve making and Essex village life. In quiet corners of the preserve factory he carefully stored away pictures, documents and redundant machines. Then, as the business approached its Centenary celebrations, ‘Mr. John’, as he is known, asked for room to display some of his hoard.
At first, the collection was displayed in a private room within the factory. Mr. John’s wife Daphne worked tirelessly to record each artefact and document, producing notices to explain and help visitors understand the history of the jam-making business and indeed that of the village itself.
Later, with the opening of the museum in a renovated farm building at Tiptree, Mr. John’s foresight was at last rewarded. Today, visitors can see how village life used to be and how the art of preserve-making has advanced over the years at Tiptree.
In recent years we have been making some changes to the museum to bring it back to life, including the opportunity to dress up like one of our jam makers from 1885.
Entry to the Tiptree museum is free. We welcome pre-booked school groups and can sometimes provide a member of staff to talk about the items on display. For your guidance, a quick visit may take just fifteen minutes, but it’s more usual to allow 30-45 minutes with perhaps an extra 10 minutes to watch the video display that explains how the fruit is grown and illustrates how traditional preserve making continues to this day in Tiptree.
Would you like to volunteer at the Tiptree Jam Musem?
We are looking for some friendly faces to be involved in making the museum a fantastic experience for our visitors and preserving it for future generations.
If you would like to get involved, please get in touch by calling 01621 815407 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org