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: Alcohol on the Western Front

A talk from Siobhan McGinn for the Essex History Group.

Tuesday 2 June, 10.30am

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

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Discover: Wills (1400s-1858)

Wills are a very valuable source of information about life in the past. This session will show you how to find out if your ancestors made a will, what you might find in a will, and explain other probate records which may be useful.

Thursday 11 June, 2.00pm-4.00pm

Tickets: £10.00

Please book in advance on 033301 32500

  

Walk: Saffron Walden – A Nonconformist Trail

Join this walk to discover Saffron Walden’s long history of non-conformism, which has played a decisive role in shaping the town today. The walk will include a chance to see an exhibition at the Abbey Lane Congregational Church celebrating their 350th anniversary. Some parts of the walk are on uneven ground.

Saturday 13 June, 10.00am-approx.2.30pm. Please bring a packed lunch

Tickets £6.00

Please book in advance on 033301 32500

  

An Essex Conscientious Objector: the story of Cornelius Barritt

A talk from Ben Copsey of the Peace Pledge Union on Cornelius Barritt, one of 35 Conscientious Objectors sentenced to death in France in 1916 for their refusal to take any part in the First World War, a sentence that was later commuted to ten years imprisonment. Barritt was born in Stebbing and grew up in Saffron Walden. The ERO cares for a number of original documents relating to local Conscientious Objectors which will be on display.

Sunday 14 June, 3.00pm-4.30pm

Friends Meeting House, 69A High Street, Saffron Walden, CB10 1AA

Free, no need to book

Group of Conscientious Objectors; Cornelius Barritt is in the back row, third from the right. Image courtesy of the Peace Pledge Union.

Group of Conscientious Objectors; Cornelius Barritt is in the back row, third from the right. Image courtesy of the Peace Pledge Union.

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.

Thursday 18 June, 10.30am-11.15am

Tickets: Free

Please book in advance on 033301 32500

 

Epping Forest on the Map

An opportunity to see the largest map in ERO’s collection, a magnificent map of Epping Forest published in 1882, measuring over 30 feet long and over 12 feet wide. The map was made to reflect the final arbitration award under which land which had been illegally enclosed had to be thrown back into the Forest. There will also be displays of other maps and images of historic Loughton, and two short talks from Loughton District Historical Society at 11.30am and 12.00noon. For more details, please see www.essexrecordofficeblog.co.uk/onthemap

Saturday 4 July, 10.30am-3.00pm

Loughton Library, Traps Hill, Loughton, IG10 1HD

Free entry, suggested £2.00 donation

In partnership with Loughton Library, Loughton District Historical Society, and the Conservators of Epping Forest

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Discover: Parish Registers (1538-present)

Parish registers contain information of great value to the family historian, but they may seem daunting if you have not used them before. This session will explain what you might expect to discover in parish registers and how to get the best from them.

Tuesday 21 July, 10.00am-12.00noon

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.

Tuesday 18 August, 10.30am-11.15am

Tickets: Free

Please book in advance on 033301 32500