Upminster Tithe Barn

Museum of Nostalgia

Next Open Day: 2025

Barn Closure

The Upminster Tithe Barn and Museum of Nostalgia will be closed for the 2024 season while a significant programme of works is undertaken on the Barn structure and roof, funded by a grant provided by the National Highways Company.
Work is expected to start in early Spring. In anticipation of that, the Barn has to be clear of all exhibits comprising the Museum of Nostalgia. With an inventory of over 14,000 items of various shapes and sizes, the scale of the challenge cannot be underestimated. With the support of the LBH Ranger Service and an army of local volunteers who have given freely and enthusiastically of their time to help with the task, however, significant progress has been made. Having said that there is still much to do and the focus is now on those items that are too heavy or bulky to move without some sort of mechanical assistance.
A further update will be issued in due course.
The Barn Volunteers

Volunteer Update: 26 March

Clearance of the Barn is almost complete. We will be attending one last time on Tuesday 2nd April to work with the Rangers to move the last few items to the temporary storage areas. Some of the items are quite bulky and we would welcome volunteer support to help with this final task, please. It shouldn’t take too much time – no more than a couple of hours – and we will be there from about 0830 to do the work.
The Barn Volunteers

Welcome to The Barn

The Barn dates from 1450 and was part of an estate that supported the Abbey of Waltham. The Abbott’s hunting lodge next door was later converted to a private house and is now home to Upminster Golf Club.

It wasn’t until 1976 that the Barn was refurbished and then opened as an agricultural museum. Nowadays it is called “The Upminster Tithe Barn Museum of Nostalgia” and houses a broad display of domestic items from the last century as well as agricultural machinery.

About The Barn

Having stood for over 500 years the barn has a rich history

Inside The Barn

Learn more about the fascinating items found in the barn

Next Open Day



“Although the barn itself is 572 years old, the museum is actually a treasure trove of recent history with the collection a mish-mash of stuff from around approx the last 150 years. Take your grandparents and/or mum and dad if they are over 60 and they will love it as they will see tonnes of stuff they remember from their childhood.”
Philip Jones
Local Guide

Curiosity Corner

The barn is full of a wide array of unique and unusual items. This months curiosity is a 1900’s typewriter – Popular with letter writers of the time the device was a serious workout for the fingers when compared to modern to computers