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 2014 – March 2015 here.

 

First World War ancestors helpdesk At The Forum, Southend-on-Sea

A chance to seek advice from expert staff from the Essex Record Office on how to trace the stories of your First World War ancestors, or names on your local war memorial.

Thursday 16 October, 10.30am-3.30pm

The Forum: Library, Elmer Square, Southend-on-Sea, SS1 1NS

Free entry, just drop in

 

One-day bookbinding workshop

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

Tuesday 21 October, 10.00am-4.00pm (including a one-hour lunch break, please make your own provisions for lunch)

£30.00 per person (including all equipment and materials), please book in advance on 01245 244644

Part of the Chelmsford Ideas Festival

 

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 25 October, 9.30am-10.15am

Free, please book in advance on 01245 244644

Tour group in the ERO Searchroom

Tour group in the ERO Searchroom

 

The Changing Face of Chelmsford

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

Saturday 25 October, 10.30am-3.00pm

£2.00, no need to book, just drop in

Part of the Chelmsford Ideas Festival

Chelmsford’s Shire Hall soon after its opening in 1791. Engraving by J. Walker after an original picture by Reinagle, 1795 (I/Mb 74/1/59)

Chelmsford’s Shire Hall soon after its opening in 1791. Engraving by J. Walker after an original picture by Reinagle, 1795 (I/Mb 74/1/59)

 

Treasures of the Essex Sound and Video Archive At the Chelmsford Ideas Hub

The Essex Sound and Video Archive contains over 30,000 recordings, the earliest of which date back to the beginning of the twentieth century. Join Sound Archivist Martin Astell for a look at some highlights from the collection.

Monday 27 October, 12.30pm-1.15pm

£2.50, please book in advance on 01245 244644 to guarantee a place or just drop in

Ideas Hub, High Chelmer, Chelmsford, CM1 1XF

Part of the Chelmsford Ideas Festival

 

3D Tudor Chelmsford

Help us to bring Tudor Chelmsford back to life! In 1591, a very special map was made of the town, showing each individual house and shop. Come along to make a Tudor house and place it on our large map.

Wednesday 29 October, 10.00am-12.00noon or 1.30pm-3.30pm

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

Suitable for ages 5+

Children must be accompanied. Max 2 children per adult

Part of the Chelmsford Ideas Festival

Building model houses at 3D Tudor Chelmsford

 

The World of Fred Spalding: Photographs of Chelmsford Past

Three generations of the Spalding family worked as photographers in the Chelmsford area, and have left us a wonderful collection of several thousand images which show how Chelmsford changed between the 1860s and 1930s. The photographs are now cared for by the Essex Record Office, and this talk from an ERO Archivist will take you through highlights from the collection.

Saturday 1 November, 11.00am-12.00noon

£2.50, please book in advance on 01245 244644 to guarantee a place or just drop in

Part of the Chelmsford Ideas Festival

The Spaldings’ earliest surviving view of the lower end of Chelmsford High Street, with Shire Hall visible in the distance, probably taken in 1865 (D/F 269/1/3715)

The Spaldings’ earliest surviving view of the lower end of Chelmsford High Street, with Shire Hall visible in the distance, probably taken in 1865 (D/F 269/1/3715)

 

Essex History Group: Call-ons, containers and (mummified) cats – the archive of the Port of London Authority at the Museum of London Docklands

A talk for the Essex History Group by Vicky Holmes, Port and River Archivist, Museum of London.

Tuesday 4 November, 10.30am-11.30am

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

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Saffron Walden 1758 At Saffron Walden Town Hall

In 1758 an extensive survey was carried out covering lands surrounding Saffron Walden, and several maps were made to accompany the survey books. This is a unique opportunity to see these maps and the survey books displayed together, to explore what the town and surrounding countryside looked like in the mid-eighteenth century. The day will also include a talk from the Essex Place Names Project and from an ERO Archivist on how the maps and survey books work together.

Saturday 8 November, 10.30am-3.00pm

Free entry, suggested £2.00 donation

Saffron Walden Town Hall, Market Square, Saffron Walden, CB10 1HR

In association with the Saffron Walden Archive Access Point

Supported by Saffron Walden Town Council

 

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

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