Sunday, 9 October 2016

Welcome Extended to Former Members of 'Essex Congress'.

The following letter has been sent to all current institutional members of the former Essex Archaeological and Historical Congress.  ESAH invites all to join to enhance the love of history and archaeology in the county of Essex.

The Essex Society for Archaeology & History

29th September 2016

Dear Member,

Dissolution of the Essex Archaeological and Historical Congress ("Congress") and merger with the Essex Society for Archaeology and History ("E.S.A.H.")

I refer to Martin Stuchfield's letter of 4th August 2016 regarding the dissolution of Congress and its merger with ESAH. I am now writing to inform you that the dissolution process was completed on 20th September 2016 when Congress was formally removed from the Central Register of Charities. Congress was in existence for just over fifty years and I should first of all like to pay tribute to the good work undertaken by its officers during that time. ESAH has agreed to absorb the work of Congress. This includes the provision of the Panel of Speakers, which is extremely valuable to Programme Secretaries and the continuation of Archaeological and Local History Symposia. Your organisation is very welcome to join ESAH as an institutional member to continue to benefit from the services previously provided by Congress. ESAH has two levels of subscription for institutional members, which will be payable from 1st January 2017. A £25 annual subscription for organisations who require a copy of ESAH's annual Journal (Transactions) or a special reduced rate of £10 if the Transactions are not required. The Transactions comprise about three hundred pages of original research relating to the history and archaeology of the historic county of Essex (including the five London Boroughs). In addition, quarterly newsletters are sent to members at no extra cost. ESAH also offers a programme of excursions and lectures, with opportunities to meet like-minded people. Free membership is extended to the Essex Industrial Archaeology Group for those interested in industrial archaeology. Members are also entitled to visit the ever growing, ESAH Library at the University of Essex with its extensive resource covering the history and archaeology of Essex, including all the major archaeological journals in Britain. Members may apply for a reader's ticket giving access to the remainder of the University's collection.

ESAH, which was founded in 1852, is the oldest and major society in the county for those interested in its history and archaeology. I trust you will agree that the Society has much to offer and I hope your organisation will benefit from membership. Individual members are also very welcome to join ESAH as individual members. I enclose a membership form, which upon completion should be sent directly to our Membership Secretary, Mrs. Tracy Hunter at 19 Jackdaw Drive, Stanway, Colchester CO3 8WD, with a cheque for the appropriate subscription payable to 'Essex Society for Archaeology and History'. If you require more copies of the membership form please do not hesitate to let Tracy or myself know. I hope your organisation will accept this invitation to join ESAH and if you have any queries please do not hesitate to email me on Adrian [at] corder-birch.co.uk.

Yours sincerely,

Adrian Corder-Birch, President

President: Adrian Corder-Birch D.L. • Rustlings • Howe Drive • Halstead • Essex C09 2QL • Adrian [at] corder-birch.co.uk
Registered Charity No. 213218

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