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. Details of our events taking place through to March 2017 can be found here.

 

Discover: Local Maps (Saffron Walden)

This session will introduce you to the maps available for Saffron Walden, and help you to understand how you can use maps to trace property boundaries through time.

Friday 22 April, 10.30am-12.00noon

Saffron Walden Library, King Street, Saffron Walden, CB10 1ES

Tickets: £10.00

Please book in advance on 033301 32500

Edward John Eyre's map of Saffron Walden, 1758

Edward John Eyre’s map of Saffron Walden, 1758

 

Essex History Group: The Friends of Essex Churches: fifty-five years of support for churches in Essex and East London

A talk by architectural historian Dr James Bettley for the Essex History Group.

Tuesday 3 May, 10.30am-12.00noon

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

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Discover: Quarter Sessions Records New for 2016

The records of the Quarter Sessions encompass a huge range of topics, from cases heard by the Quarter Sessions courts which sat four times a year, to the licensing of victuallers, printing presses and slaughterhouses, and the maintenance of highways and planning of railways and canals. The Quarter Sessions began in 1388 and lasted until 1971. The Essex Quarter Sessions records are among the earliest and most complete in the country, dating back to 1555. Join an ERO expert for a closer look at the fascinating snapshots of life in the past that these records provide.

Wednesday 11 May, 2.00pm-4.00pm

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 our online catalogue, microfiche and microfilm, maps, the Essex Sound and Video Archive and the ERO library.

Saturday 14 May, 9.30am-10.15am

Tickets: Free

Please book in advance on 033301 32500

 

Bookbinding Taster Day

This taster session is the perfect introduction to the world of bookbinding. You will make a simple pamphlet binding, and be introduced to some of the materials, equipment and techniques of basic craft bookbinding.

Saturday 14 May, 10.00am-3.00pm, including a 1 hour lunch break, please make your own provisions for lunch

Tickets: £35

Please book in advance on 033301 32500

A bookbinding class in the ERO conservation studio

A bookbinding class in the ERO conservation studio

 

Book launch: Printed Maps of Essex from 1576

Human beings have a long history of making maps to visualise and understand the world around them. Our ancient county is represented in many maps from the sixteenth century onwards, both printed and manuscript, a large number of which can be found today at the Essex Record Office. This new well-illustrated volume by map expert Peter Walker, Printed Maps of Essex from 1576, comprehensively lists and evaluates the ERO’s printed map collection and will be an invaluable guide to all those interested in Essex history. Join us to launch the book with a talk from Peter on the maps and the people who made them, and a display of some of the maps themselves. Copies of the book will be available to purchase on the day at a discounted price.

Printed Maps of Essex from 1576 is being published by the Friends of Historic Essex, the charity which supports the Essex Record Office.

Saturday 21 May, 11.00am-2.00pm (talk at 11.30am, display and book sale the rest of the time)

Saffron Walden Town Hall, Market Street, Saffron Walden, CB10 1HZ

Free, no need to book

Frontispiece of Chapman and Andre's 1777 map of Essex, which was much more detailed and accurate than the county maps which had gone before it

Frontispiece of Chapman and Andre’s 1777 map of Essex, which was much more detailed and accurate than the county maps which had gone before it