Events

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: William Pynchon — from Springfield, Essex to Springfield, Massachusetts

A talk from David Powers for the Essex History Group.

Tuesday 1 September, 10.30am

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

Click here to sign up to receive automatic reminders of upcoming Essex History Group talks

 

First World War Ancestors Helpdesk: Great Baddow LibraryIMG_0941

Throughout 2015 and early 2016 ERO’s Essex at War display will be touring various Essex Libraries. In addition, ERO staff will also be available at selected libraries for First World War Ancestors Helpdesks. These are an opportunity to seek advice on how to trace the stories of your First World War ancestors, or names on your local war memorial.

Thursday 3 September, 10.00am-3.30pm

Free entry, just drop in

Great Baddow Library, 27 High Street, Great Baddow, Chelmsford, CM2 7HH

 

Heritage Open Day: Explore the Essex Record Office

The Essex Record Office’s collections cover a thousand years of our county’s past. Come and see some of treasures of the ERO and find out how we look after this wonderful and unique collection, and how you can access it for yourself. Tours of the Searchroom will be taking place at 10am, 11am, 12noon, 2pm and 3pm.

Saturday 12 September, 10.00am-4.00pm

Free, places limited, please book in advance to ensure a place 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.

Tuesday evenings 15 September – 6 October, 6.00pm-8.00pm

Tickets: £100 per person (including all equipment and materials)

Please book in advance on 033301 32500

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Bookbinding class in the ERO Conservation Studio

 

Essex History Group: Catherine – the Heiress of Wanstead House

A talk from Geraldine Roberts for the Essex History Group.

Tuesday 6 October, 10.30am

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

Click here to sign up to receive automatic reminders of upcoming Essex History Group talks

Catherine Tylney-Long, the tragic heiress of Wanstead House

 

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 10 October, 9.30am-10.15am

Tickets: Free

Please book in advance on 033301 32500

 

Discover: Manorial Documents (1200s-1900s)

What did it mean to live and work under a Lord of the Manor? Join one of our archivists for this introduction to some of our earliest documents. Manorial documents can be challenging but fascinating; even very ordinary people may be mentioned in accounts and court rolls, giving us an insight into how past society functioned. Whether you want to take your research further, or just want an opportunity to dip into these fascinating records, this session is for you.

Tuesday 20th October, 2.00pm-4.00pm

Tickets: £10.00

Please book in advance on 033301 32500

Part of the Chelmsford Ideas Festival

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One of our most beautiful manorial documents – part of Israel Amyce’s survey of Castle Hedingham, 1592 (D/DMh M2)

 

One-day Bookbinding Workshop

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

Tuesday 20 October, 10.00am-4.00pm (including a one-hour lunch break, please make your own provisions for lunch) Part of the Chelmsford Ideas Festival

Tickets: £40 per person (including all equipment and materials)

Please book in advance on 033301 32500

 

The Changing Face of Chelmsford

Immerse yourself in Chelmsford past in this display of maps, photographs, and sound and video recordings.

Saturday 24 October, 10.30am-3.00pm

Tickets: £2.00

No need to book, just drop in

Part of the Chelmsford Ideas Festival

One of the earliest photographs of Chelmsford High Street, by Fred Spalding c.1869

One of the earliest photographs of Chelmsford High Street, by Fred Spalding c.1869

 

John Walker's map of Chelmsford, 1591 (D/DM P1)

John Walker’s map of Chelmsford, 1591 (D/DM P1)

The Walker map of Chelmsford is one of the gems in the Record Office’s collections. Using this as a starting point, we will uncover some of the secrets of Chelmsford High Street. The walk is on flat terrain and under one mile.

Wednesday 28 October, 2.00pm-3.30pm

Tickets £6.00

Please book in advance on 033301 32500

Part of the Chelmsford Ideas Festival

 

 

Essex at Agincourt

A joint event with the Essex branch of the Historical Association to mark the 600th anniversary of the Battle of Agincourt, Henry V’s famous 1415 victory against the French. Join us for talks from Professor Anne Curry, internationally-renowned expert on the Hundred Years War, and Dr James Ross, an expert on the medieval nobility of East Anglia.

Saturday 31 October, 11.00am for 11.30am-3.30pm

Advance booking essential

Tickets: £15 for non-HA members; £7 for HA members, including refreshments and lunch

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

HA members: please book through the Essex branch of the Historical Association on clem.moir@btinternet.com or 01245 440007

Part of the Chelmsford Ideas Festival

Richard de Vere

Effigy of Richard de Vere, 11th Earl of Oxford, 1385-1417. De Vere was one of Henry V’s commanders at Agincourt and was buried at Earls Colne.