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 2014 – March 2015 here.


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.

Monday 18 August, 10.30am-11.15am

Tickets: Free, please book in advance on 01245 244644

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Brilliant Bookbinding

The ERO contains thousands upon thousands of books, most of which were handmade hundreds of years ago. Come along to make your own book, and decorate it with inspiration from our collections.

Wednesday 27 August, 10.00am-12.00noon, or 1.30pm-3.30pm

Maximum 2 children per adult (children must be accompanied)

Tickets: £2.00 per child, please book in advance on 01245 244644

Suitable for ages 6+

The embroidered cover of the Broomfield Bible, one of the treasures of the Record Office. D/P 248/28/1

The embroidered cover of the Broomfield Bible, one of the treasures of the Record Office. D/P 248/28/1


A Righteous Conflict: Essex people interpret the Great War

A talk for the Essex History Group by Paul Rusiecki, author of The Impact of Catastrophe: The people of Essex and the First World War (1914-1920)

Tuesday 2 September, 10.30am-11.30am

Free, no need to book. Small charge for refreshments after the talk


Essex at War, 1914-1918 At Hylands House

Part of a weekend of special events for Heritage Open Days to mark the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War, exploring the impact of the war on Essex. See www.essexrecordofficeblog/wwi for more details.

Sunday 14 September, 10.00am-4.00pm (last entry 3pm)

Free, no need to book

Hylands House, London Road, Chelmsford, CM2 8WQ


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.

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

£100.00 per person (including all equipment and materials)

Please book in advance on 01245 244644


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

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