Unless otherwise stated, all events take place at the Essex Record Office, Wharf Road, Chelmsford, CM2 6YT. Most events must be booked in advance; please telephone 01245 244 644. You can download a PDF of our full events programme for April 2014 – March 2015 here.


Discover: Maps

Join members of our Seachroom team for a practical session that will explain how to use some of the many different kinds of map that can be found in the Record Office.

Wednesday 11 February 2015, 10.00am-12.00noon

Tickets: £10.00, please book in advance on 033301 32500


Introduction to Bookbinding

This four week course in the Conservation Studio at ERO will introduce you to the world of bookbinding. Learn how to make your own books from scratch starting with a simple pamphlet style binding working up to a sewn hardback book using traditional methods.

Monday evenings 2 March – 23 March 2015, 6.00pm-8.00pm

Tickets: £100.00 per person (including all equipment and materials)

Please book in advance on 033301 32500


Essex History Group: Where is Essex?

A talk from Professor Ken Worpole of London Metropolitan University.

Tuesday 3 March, 10.30am-11.30am

Free, small charge for tea and coffee after the talk

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First World War Ancestors Helpdesk

A chance to seek advice from expert staff from the Essex Record Office on how to trace the stories of your First World War ancestors, or names on your local war memorial. The ERO’s Essex at War display will also be on show.

Friday 6 March, 10.30am-3.30pm

Grays Central Library, Thameside Complex, Orsett Road, Grays, Essex, RM17 5DX

Free entry, just drop in

Please note that this event takes place in addition to our published programme


Discover: Parish Registers (1538-present)

Parish registers contain information of great value to the family historian, but they may seem daunting if you have not used them before. This session will explain what you might expect to discover in parish registers and how to get the best from them.

Thursday 12 March 2015, 2.30pm-4.30pm

Tickets: £10.00, please book in advance on 033301 32500


Essex Book Festival: Chelmsford in the Great WarChelmsford in the Great War

Local historian Jonathan Swan will be talking about life in Chelmsford during the First World War. From the outbreak of war and the enthusiastic response from the people of the town, to the darker days of air raids warnings, conscription and rationing, this is the story of the lives of those who stayed at home and the many ways in which they contributed to the war effort.

Saturday 14 March, 11.00am-12.30pm

Tickets: £6, please book in advance on 033301 32500

Find the full festival programme at


Discover: Your Criminal Ancestors At Saffron Walden Archive Access Point

Did one of your ancestors find themselves on the wrong side of the law? This session will explain what records can reveal about criminals, their crimes, and the punishments they suffered.

Tuesday 17 March 2015, 10.30am-12.00noon

Tickets: £10.00, please book in advance on 033301 32500

Saffron Walden Archive Access Point, Saffron Walden Library, King Street, Saffron Walden


Searchroom Tour

This forty-five minute tour will show you how to get the very best from the Record Office’s Searchroom and is ideal if you are just starting your research. The tour includes an introduction to Seax and Essex Ancestors, microfiche and microfilm, maps, the Essex Sound and Video Archive and the ERO library.

Wednesday 18 March, 10.30am-11.15am

Tickets: Free, please book in advance on 033301 32500


Many of the images of documents used here can be found on our online catalogue Seax.

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