An exhibition exploring the many faces of portraiture from death masks to diaries, coins to photographs, fingerprints to DNA.

Portraits are everywhere, on the money in our wallets, the letters we write and the records we buy. They transmit the power of important people, decorate our homes and help us remember loved ones. There are more portraits taken today than in any other point in history and more ways than ever to identify an individual; our image, our words, our signature, our finger prints, our DNA.

From conventional examples such as paintings, photographs and busts; to diaries, death masks and finger prints, explore Saffron Walden Museum’s varied collections and discover how portraits have been used throughout the centuries, from Ancient Egypt to today. The exhibition also brings together new material as part of a project to create a portrait of Uttlesford today that reflects the diverse lives of the people that call the district home.

South East

Saffron Walden Museum

Museum Street, Saffron Walden, Essex, CB10 1JL

01799 510333


Opening times

1 Mar – 31 Oct
Tue – Sat, 10am – 5pm, Sun and Banks Hols (including Bank Hol Mondays), 2pm – 5pm

1 Nov – 28 Feb
Tue – Sat, 10am – 4.30pm Sun and Banks Hols (including Bank Hol Mondays), 2pm – 4.30pm

Closed Mondays (excluding Bank Holiday Mondays) and 24 – 25 Dec

Free entry with National Art Pass

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