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.


Harwich on the Map At the 1912 Centre, Harwich

Join us for a display of maps, prints and photographs through which we can trace Harwich’s development over the centuries. The display will include a large manorial map of Harwich, Dovercourt, and Wrabness dating to 1751, which was only recently deposited with ERO, and a set of photographs of the Victorian development of Harwich, including the arrival of the railway. An opportunity to enjoy ERO’s collections without having to travel to Chelmsford!


  • Conservation advice – bring your own documents or photographs for advice from our expert Conservator
  • Research advice on family, house or local history
  • Displays from the Harwich Society

Monday 28 July, 10.30am-6.00pm

1912 Centre, Cow Lane, Harwich, CO12 3ES

In association with the Harwich Society

Free entry, no need to book

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Discover: First World War Records at ERO

Discover records at the ERO which tell fascinating stories about life at home and abroad during the First World War, and find out how to research names on war memorials.

Wednesday 6 August, 2.30pm-4.30pm

Tickets: £10.00, please book in advance on 01245 244644

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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.

Monday 18 August, 10.30am-11.15am

Tickets: Free, please book in advance on 01245 244644

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Brilliant Bookbinding

The ERO contains thousands upon thousands of books, most of which were handmade hundreds of years ago. Come along to make your own book, and decorate it with inspiration from our collections.

Wednesday 27 August, 10.00am-12.00noon, or 1.30pm-3.30pm

Maximum 2 children per adult (children must be accompanied)

Tickets: £2.00 per child, please book in advance on 01245 244644

Suitable for ages 6+

The embroidered cover of the Broomfield Bible, one of the treasures of the Record Office. D/P 248/28/1

The embroidered cover of the Broomfield Bible, one of the treasures of the Record Office. D/P 248/28/1

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

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