The Essex Society for Archaeology and History is the county's major society for those interested in any aspect of the past. To be a member is to join a long line of enthusiasts dating back to the 40 or so ladies and gentlemen who met in the old Colchester Town Hall in 1852 and resolved to form a society 'for the purpose of reading papers, exhibiting antiquities, discussions, etc.'
The methods and concerns of archaeologists and historians have changed with the times and the Society with them but the aims would still be recognised by the founders. These include the bringing together of those with a common interest in Essex's past, the publication of new discoveries and the encouragement to extend the boundaries of knowledge.
The Society's record is a proud one. Well over 20,000 pages of articles have been published with innovatory reports on newly discovered archaeological sites in the county and the latest research findings by historians of all periods and aspects of Essex's past.
The collection formed by members of the Society has grown into what is now the Colchester Castle Museum. Its Presidents have included such distinguished names as John Horace Round, the great medieval historian and Francis Galpin the leading authority on historical music and musical instruments.
Above all it has given pleasure to thousands of people for many years.
Today the Society offers its members ....
A regular programme of excursions with expert guidance to historical sites in and around the county, many of them not open to view.
Access to a large and growing Library now located at Essex University. This extensive resource covers the history and archaeology of Essex and also includes all the major archaeological journals in Britain. Members join the Library by applying to the University Librarian for a reader's ticket. Once obtained, this ticket entitles members to access the rest of the University's book collection.
A chance to meet and talk with like minded people with an interest, wither amateur or professional, in Essex's past at social events and lectures.
Essex Archaeology and History, an annual journal of about 300 pages of original research into history and archaeology.
A Newsletter bringing you up-to-date with what is happening around the county in the historical field and with current archaeological projects.