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 01245 244 644. You can download a PDF of our full events programme for April 2015 – March 2016 here.

 

Essex History Group: A War of Letters

A talk from Emma Harper of the British Postal Museum and Archive on how the British postal service coped with the huge demands placed on it by the First World War.

Tuesday 7 April, 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: Loughton 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 9 April, 10.00am-3.00pm

Free entry, just drop in

Loughton Library, Traps Hill, Loughton, IG10 1HD

 

Art tours of Essex Record Office and County Hall

Come and see some of Essex County Council’s art collection at Essex Record Office and County Hall. Since it came into existence in 1889, ECC has amassed a significant art collection, the vast majority of it through bequests and donations. Digital images of many of these paintings are available on the BBC’s Your Paintings website, but these special tours are your opportunity to see some of the original artworks themselves, and find out some of the stories behind them.

Saturday 11 April, 9.30am and 11.00am at County Hall, Market Road, Chelmsford, CM1 1QH (Duke Street entrance)

1.00pm and 2.30pm at Essex Record Office

Tickets: £2.00 per tour

Please book in advance on 033301 32500

Please note that since the tour at ERO includes the Searchroom, attendees will be asked to leave their bags in the ERO’s secure locker room. Photography of the artwork is permitted only by prior arrangement.

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Portrait of a woman with a pearl necklace, by an unknown artist. This painting is on display in the ERO Searchroom.

Harlow on the Map

Explore a timeline of maps of Harlow, tracing its development from rural community to post-war New Town.

Saturday 18th April, 10.30am-3.00pm

Harlow Archive Access Point, Harlow Museum, Muskham Road, Harlow, Essex, CM20 2LF

Free entry, suggested £2.00 donation

 

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.

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

 

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 c.c.thornton@btinternet.com 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)

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

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