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 2015 – March 2016 here.


Essex History Group: The Avro Vulcan and the Cold War A talk from Richard Clarkson of the Vulcan Restoration Trust for the Essex History Group.

Tuesday 5 May, 10.30am

Entry £1 including a cup of tea or coffee. No need to book.

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Dark Days and Dark Thoughts: Morale in Wartime Essex, 1940-41

A joint event with the Essex branch of the Historical Association to launch Dr Paul Rusiecki’s new book, Under Fire: Essex and the Second World War, marking the 70th anniversary of VE day. The afternoon will include a talk, book launch and signing, and light refreshments. Under Fire follows Dr Rusiecki’s 2008 publication The Impact of Catastrophe: The people of Essex and the First World War.

Saturday 9 May, 2.00pm for 2.30; close at 4.30pm

Advance booking essential

Tickets: £5 for non-HA members; free for HA members

Non-HA members: please book through the ERO on 033301 32500

HA members: please book through the Essex branch of the Historical Association on or 01621 856827 (after 6pm)

Rescuers at work following a bombing raid in Southend (D/BC 1/7/7/7)

Rescuers at work following a bombing raid in Southend (D/BC 1/7/7/7)

Walk: Southend-on-Sea – The Arrival of the Railway

Discover how the town developed with the coming of the London, Tilbury and Southend Railway. A one-mile walk on flat terrain through the Cliff Town conservation area.

Thursday 14 May, 2.00pm-3.30pm

Tickets £6.00, please book in advance on 033301 32500


Discover: Reading and understanding old documents At Saffron Walden Archive Access Point

Do you have difficulty deciphering old documents? Join an ERO Archivist for an in-depth look at deeds and wills, and understanding old handwriting. Suitable for anyone interested in family, local, or house history.

Tuesday 19 May, 10.30am-12.00noon

At Saffron Walden Archive Access Point, Saffron Walden Library, 2 King Street, Saffron Walden, CB10 1ES

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


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.

Saturday 23 May, 9.30am-10.15am

Tickets: Free, please book in advance on 033301 32500



One-day Bookbinding Workshop

Make your own journal-style book in a colour of your choice, using traditional techniques guided by expert tuition.

Saturday 23 May, 10.00am-4.00pm (including a one-hour lunch break, please make your own provisions for lunch)

Tickets: £40 per person (including all equipment and materials) Please book in advance on 033301 32500

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Magna Carta: Essex ConnectionsMatilda Fitzwalter

2015 marks the 800th anniversary of the signing of Magna Carta, one of the most famous documents not only in British history, but across the world. Magna Carta placed the English king under the rule of law for the first time, and has been adapted through the centuries and often celebrated as the cornerstone of English liberties. King John was forced to sign the document by a group of twenty five rebel barons, four of which were Essex-based men, including their leader, Robert Fitzwalter. To explore the significance and legacy of this famous document, both nationally and for Essex, join us for talks from:

  • Nicholas Vincent, Professor of Medieval History at the University of East Anglia, who has been leading a major project researching the background to Magna Carta
  • Katharine Schofield, ERO Archivist, on Essex connections with Magna Carta and the impact it had on the medieval county

Saturday 23 May, 1.15pm for 1.30am-4.15pm

Tickets: £8, including tea, coffee and cake

Please book in advance on 033301 32500

Image: Effigy believed to be of the beautiful Matilda Fitzwalter, daughter of the rebel ringleader Robert Fitzwaler, in Little Dunmow Priory. Legend has it that King John attempted to seduce Matilda, enraging her father, helping drive him to rebellion.

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