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 033301 32500. You can download a PDF of our full events programme for April 2015 – March 2016 here.


Essex History Group: The eighteenth-century artisans of Saffron Walden

A talk by Hilary Walker for the Essex History Group.

Tuesday 1 March 2016, 10.30am-12.00noon

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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.

Tuesday evenings 1 March – 22 March 2016, 6.00pm-8.00pm

Tickets: £100 per person (including all equipment and materials) Please book in advance on 033301 32500

A bookbinding class in the ERO conservation studio

A bookbinding class in the ERO conservation studio


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 16 March 2016, 10.30am-11.15am

Tickets: Free Please book in advance on 033301 32500


Messing about with Maps

The Parochial Church Council of Messing have recently deposited with ERO a tithe map of the parish dating from 1839 so it can be looked after in ERO’s climate-controlled storerooms and undergo conservation. Tithe maps are accompanied by apportionments detailing who owned and who occupied each piece of land. This is a chance to see the Messing tithe map on display along with other maps tracing the development of the village.

Saturday 19 March 2016, 10.30am-3.00pm Messing Village Hall, The Street, Messing, Essex CO5 9TN

Free entry, suggested £2.00 donation