Saturday, 30 December 2017

Essex Society for Archaeology and History. Programme for 2018

Programme of Visits 2018

Saturday 24 February: 2.00pm
Talk about the Steam Tug Brent, Venue: Chelmsford Museum. Cost £2.00pp to members and £3.00pp to non-members, including refreshments.

Saturday 10 March: 1.00pm
Morant Lecture: Millennium Tour of Clacton, followed by a talk by George Hardwick Venue: Pier Avenue Baptist Church Clacton on Sea Including refreshments. Cost £5.00pp members, £6.00pp non-members

Saturday 14 April: 10.30am
Tour of Castle Point Transport Museum Canvey Island, including refreshments. Cost £5.00pp

Saturday 19 May: 11.00am
Tour and Refreshment package Roman Circus House Colchester £12.50pp (min of 10)

Saturday 9 June: 2.00pm
AGM at Hill Farm Gestingthorpe. After the formal business, Ashley Cooper will offer a tour of the Hill Farm Museum, with its exhibits from geological times to the Second World War. These also include a medieval Guildhall, an eighteenth century corn barn, rural bygones and artefacts from the Roman Villa. There will also be an opportunity visit the site of the Villa and the current archaeological excavations, where a Romano-British ritual site may have existed..

Thursday 5 July
Tour of Rayne Hall and church in Rayne Braintree. Cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances.

Saturday 14th July  2pm. Visit to Rochford. 
A free talk, organised by Monumental Brass Society, in conjunction with Rochford Hundred Historical Society, Rochford Town Team and Essex Society for Archaeology and History. There will be 3 speakers and the event is to celebrate the relocation of the Brass to Thomas Stapel 1371. Why not join a tour of Rochford in the morning, tours start at 10am and 12 noon. The tours are free, but donations to the guides are accepted. To book your ticket go to Bookings for Thomas Stapel and enter the password ‘stapel’. More information will be found in a flyer in the next ESAH newsletter.
Venue: St Andrews Church Hall Road Rochford SS4 1NW. Free, donations welcome.

Saturday 18 August: 2.00pm
Tour of Pentlow Hall, Church and Water Mill. Including refreshments. Cost £5.00pp

Saturday 22 September: 10.30pm
 Tour Historic Harwich and Redoubt Fort. All day visit, Lunch not included. Cost £5.00pp

Sunday 7 October: 12.30pm for 1pm
Morant Lunch: at Intimo fresco, 116 High Street, Maldon (Note change of venue). Cost £25 pp Speaker: Tim Howson on the Swan Hotel in Maldon. Bookings by 9 September please.

Saturday 3 November: 10.00am-4.30pm
History & Archaeology Symposium: Venue Christ Church URC Chelmsford. Costs £10.00pp including buffet lunch and refreshments.

Saturday 10 November: 11.00am
 Essex Industrial Archaeology Group (EIAG) Annual Meeting at Colne Valley Railway, including a study day. Non-members £2.00pp.

Further details of all events and availability are available from the Excursions Secretary, Mr. Graham Gould, 16 Osborne Road, Leyton, E10 5QW.  All events to be booked via the Excursion Secretary at least 10 days prior to the event. Please enclose a stamped addressed envelope for each event, for maps and other instructions if you do not want these by email.  Cheques should be made payable to the Essex Society for Archaeology and History. If there are any transport issues in attending these events, please contact the Programme Secretary.

The visits on the Society's programme are open to members and associate members only.  The Society can accept no liability for loss or injury sustained by members attending any of its programmed events.  Members are asked to take care when visiting old buildings or sites and to alert others to any obvious risks.  Please respect the privacy of those who invite us into their homes.

Saturday, 23 December 2017

Newsletter (Winter 2017)

Newsletter #184 (Winter 2017) has just been issued to members of the Essex Society for Archaeology and History. The inserts include a Membership Card 2018 with the Programme of events, visits and lectures for the year.  The Newsletter contains the following items:
- From The President
- £500 grant awarded for the production of a book entitled 'Prostitution in Victorian Colchester' by Jane Pearson
- Late Medieval Deed Collection, Coggeshall
- Dr Francis Gibson (c1597-1677)
- Sir Edward Bysshe's Visitation of Essex, 1664-68
- A Glimpse of Chipping Ongar Trades between 1600 and 1660
- Olivers Manor House at Stanway
- Who Do You Think You Are? Fearne Cotton and her Essex Connection
- A Pen Portrait from 1720
- Lancelot Capability Brown: Three Contrasting Contracts in Essex
- How Essex became a Diocese with Chelmsford as its Cathedral
- Well Digging at East Hanningfield
- Bedstead Clocks in Essex
- Harold Wilson's Briefcase
- History and Archaeology Symposium, 2017 
- EIAG Industrial Heritage Fair 2017
- Panel of Speakers
- Officer' Vacancies
- Members Subscriptions
- ESAH Website
- Essex Record Office Statistics
- Events in Essex
- Books for Sale

Wednesday, 20 December 2017

History Around Essex: January 2018

Local History Societies' events in Essex in January, 2018

Thursday, 11th January. Loughton and District Historical Society. Methodist Church, Loughton High Road at 8 p.m.
Bryn Elliott, Lippetts Hill Camp in War and Peace.

Saturday, 13th January. Historical Association (Essex branch). Trinity Methodist Church, Rainsford Road, Chelmsford at 2.30 p.m.
Dr David L.Smith, Oliver Cromwell: Hero or Villain?

Wednesday, 17th January. Leyton and Leytonstone Local History Society. Leyton Sixth Form College, Essex Road, Leyton at 7.45 p.m.
Les Capon, From an Alderman's House to a slum.

Thursday, 18th January. Halstead Local History Society. Baptist Church, Hedingham Road, Halstead at 7.30 p.m.
Annual General Meeting

Friday, 19th January. Thurrock History Society. Adult Community College, Richmond Road, Grays at 8 p.m.
Susan Yates, Essex Curiosities.

Wednesday, 24th January. Saffron Walden History Society. Friends' Meeting House, 71 High Street, Saffron Walden at 7.45 p.m.
Hilary Walker, Living in Saffron Walden in the Eighteenth Century. Part 2.

With thanks to Christopher Thompson, ESAH member for this information.

Thursday, 14 December 2017

Festive Cheer

On the Today programme on BBC Radio 4 this morning there was an item noting that the British drink more wine now than ever before - the reason is because glass sizes have become bigger.  It reminded me that today (14 December) 165 years ago, the inaugural meeting of the Essex Archaeological Society was held, after which 35 members dined at The Cups Hotel, Colchester, spending 7s. 6d. each on a pint of wine.  Apart from the relatively huge expense of wine in 1852 (37.5p), it is worth noting that a pint is just over 2 large pub glasses (2 x 250ml) these days.

Monday, 27 November 2017

Historical Association talk: Saturday 2 December 2017

First World War Talk

The Essex Branch of the Historical Association will be holding a talk on Saturday, 2 December 2017, at 2.30pm at the Trinity Methodist Church,Rainsford Road, Chelmsford, CM1 2XB  entitled: ‘1918 Revisited: How the First World War ended’ by Professor David Stevenson. This talk reassesses the closing months of the First World War. Retracing the road to the armistice of 11 November, it will address two key questions: why did Germany request a ceasefire, and why did America and the European Allies agree to grant one?

Professor David Stevenson is a professor of international history at the London School of Economics and Political Science who has written a number of books  including his latest: 1917:War, Peace, and Revolution (Oxford, 2017).

Visitors and prospective members warmly welcome

Thursday, 9 November 2017

Surplus Book Sale #7. Essex Review

Essex Review (1892-1957) back issues. Withdrawn from sale 1 December 2018

Sunday, 5 November 2017

Essex Industrial Heritage Group. AGM. Saturday 11 November 2017

EIAG Annual Meeting, plus lecture on Railways and Industry – Chelmsford Museum – 11th November, 2:00pm. Free to members, £2.00 for non-members

EIAG: AGM reminder and time confirmation

Time: Saturday 11 November 2017, starting 14.00h.   Note that there had been a time error on the website which has now been corrected.
Place: Chelmsford Museum    Suggestion: get there early to ensure you have a parking space.

1.    A short AGM with:
           Reports looking back at the past year and looking forward to the future.
           Election of officers.  The committee is always looking for new members.  We will not twist your arms but if you would like to contribute to the running of EIAG we would appreciate your company. Involvement in the committee is 4 meetings a year along with plenty of email discussion. Involvement is as much as little as you would like to offer but can include planning for the next Industrial Heritage Fair and working on projects.  Those who are interested and would like to discuss prior to the meeting do contact us on the EIAG email, essexiag@gmail.com or arrive early to have a chat with committee members.

2.    The main part of the meeting:    
A lecture by Tony Kirby on Railways and Industry.
This looks very interesting.

Attendance for ESAH/EIAG members is free.  Do bring along your non-member friends for a mere £2 per person.  It should be worth it for the lecture.

We look forward to seeing you at Chelmsford Museum on Saturday 11 November 2017 by 14.00h.

Jane Giffould

Membership secretary

Tuesday, 24 October 2017

New Book Stock: 'Essex full of profitable thinges' edited by Kenneth Neale

Condition: New.  
Ideal Christmas presents.

The Essex Society for Archaeology and History has "inherited" several new copies of 'Essex full of profitable thinges' published in 1996.  These were "Essays presented to Sir John Ruggles-Brise as a tribute to his life of service to the people and County of Essex".  It was edited by Kenneth Neale.

The books will be available - when collected from the storeroom - price £6 including postage and packing to a UK address, but only £2 on sale at the Society's forthcoming 'History and Archaeological Symposium' on Saturday 4 November 2017, and the Annual General Meeting of its Essex Industrial Archaeology Group on Saturday 11 November 2017.

Foreword - Lord Braybrook 
John Ruggles-Brise: Patriot and Patron - Kenneth Neale ... 1
Colchester and its oldest record - Mark Davies ... 19
Archbishop Samuel Harsnett, 1561-1631, and his Library at Colchester - G H Martin ... 35
The Religious Census of Essex, 1851 - Michael Beale ... 55
Robert Edward, 9th Lord Petre: Common-sense, virtue, religion and loyalty - The Lord Petre ... 75
Chelmsford Cathedral: 'A great county should have a great cathedral as its heart' - John Moses ... 89
The Prettiest Village?: Finchingfield, the making of an icon - Victor Gray ... 121
A Royal Imposter in Elizabethan Essex - Janet Cooper ... 137
From Past Historic to Future Perfect: Essex Heritage and the Community - Ken Hall ... 149
A Georgian Time Capsule: The Library of Spains Hall, Essex - Edith Freeman ... 157
The University of Essex - Michael Sommerlad ... 173
People and Pigeons in Symbiosis: Essex Dovecotes - John H Boyes ... 193
Patrons, Artists and Craftsmen in Essex - Iris Woodward ... 205
Saffron Walden: 'Crocuses and Crokers' - Kenneth Neale ... 225
The Plume Library, Maldon: A New Chapter - Frank Herrmann ... 245
A Measure of Essex Cartography - A Stuart Mason ... 253
Noblewomen and Piety in Late Medieval Essex - Jennifer C Ward ... 269
Essex Springs and Shaws - John Hunter ... 283
Eliza Vaughan of Finchingfield - Alan Jones ... 295
Finchingfield Town Meetings, 1626-1634 - F G Emmison ... 305
The Bow Street Mounted Patrol on Essex Highways - Herbert Hope Lockwood ... 311
Drewry and Cornwall: Two Naval VCs - Ian G Robertson ... 331
Early Stuart Essex: Seedbed of American Democracy and Independence - J R Smith ... 357
Boarded In-fill: Alternative to Wattle and Daub? - D F Stenning ... 385
Essex Gentry and the General Election of 1865 - Andrew Phillips ... 393
Family History in Essex Today - D W Grimes ... 425
Brickmaking in Essex - Adrian Corder-Birch ... 433
'Full of profitable thinges' - Kenneth Neale ... 451
Index ... 457

Monday, 23 October 2017

Essex Journal. Vol. 52. No. 2. (Autumn 2017)

The Essex Journal is issued twice a year to subscribers.  Contents in the latest edition, just issued, include:
- Editorial
- Orchards East
- News from the Essex Record Office
- Friends of Historic Essex
- Tuesday 29th October 1940 further explored
- The 800th Anniversary of the Charter of the Forest, 1217, and its Relevance to the Forest of Essex: Richard Morris
- Rev. Dr. Foote Gower, a forgotten Essex antiquary and field archaeologist: Michael Leach
- 'You have gone too far and an apology is needed': the saga of enlarging St Martin's, Chipping Ongar, 1880-84:  James Bettley
- The Red Cross in Essex 1914-1918: Hospitals, Fundraising, and the Contribution of Middle and Upper Class Women:  Caroline Wallace
- Book Reviews
- EJ 20 Questions? Dorothy Lockwood

The Essex Society for Archaeology and History owns the title Essex Journal and was pleased to provide a photograph of Chipping Ongar Church from the north-east, taken between 1861-1883, from a collection of Victorian photographs (SLIB94911A).

Saturday, 21 October 2017

Historical Association Talk. 28 October 2017

Historical Association Essex Branch

 Prostitution in 19th- century Colchester

A talk by Dr Jane Pearson

‘Researching Colchester's nineteenth-century prostitution story arose directly from teaching local history modules at the University of Essex on social welfare topics. The story reveals something of the development of the town as it welcomed and then responded to the arrival of the army garrison in 1856.’
Dr. Jane Pearson is a part-time teacher at the History Dept., University of Essex.

On Saturday 28th October at 2.30pm

All our talks are held at Trinity Methodist Church Rainsford Road, Chelmsford, CM1 2XB

Visitors and prospective members warmly welcome
Contact:  email: essexha1@btinternet.com

or phone 01245 256892 www.history.org.uk and essexbranchha.blogspot.com

Monday, 16 October 2017

ESAH Asks Questions about the Essex Record Office

The Society's Council met on Saturday 14 October 2017, requesting the inclusion of the following correspondence on its news blog.

To: Councillor Susan Barker
From: Adrian Corder-Birch, President Essex Society for Archaeology and History
Sent: 18 September 2017 17:16
Subject: Essex Record Office

Dear Cllr. Barker,
I refer to our meeting at County Hall on 18th July 2017 with David Adlington, Stan Newens and Martin Stuchfield.  As some two months has now elapsed we should appreciate an update regarding the following matters please?
1.  A copy of Mr. Adlington’s minutes of our meeting.
2. Has your Consultant’s Report from Future Gov been received?  If so will you please send us a copy.
3.  Will you please advise the result of your communications with Chelmsford City Council regarding the use of the gravel area adjacent to the ERO for car parking for ERO staff, volunteers and visitors.  According to the Friends of Historic Essex AGM held last year on 9th July 2016, Stephen Dixon stated that parking arrangements were then being looked into consequent upon the loss of Wharf Road Car Park.  The gravel area adjacent to the ERO would make an excellent parking area and would no doubt help to increase visitor numbers and make the building more attractive to users, particularly for room hire.   You kindly agreed to contact the City Council to expedite negotiations and the outcome would be much appreciated please.
4.  Why was the last ECC Superfast Broadband meeting on 25th July 2017 held at Anglia Ruskin University and not the ERO where previous meetings took place?  As you know we are all keen that ECC should use the ERO for meetings where possible.
5.  Has the ERO Collecting Policy been revised and if so may we have a copy please?
6.  The Business Case for 2017 was expected to be available for review this summer.  Is it available and if so may we have a copy please?
7.  Consequent upon the appointment of Susannah Shaw as the ECC Officer responsible for technology countywide, has any progress been made to replace the computers in the ERO?  The existing computers, which are very old, sometimes break down and are not the easiest to use. 
The next Council meeting of the Essex Society for Archaeology and History will take place on 14th October 2017 and therefore if you are able to reply to this message prior to that date it would be much appreciated please.
Thank you.
Yours sincerely,
Adrian Corder-Birch,
Essex Society for Archaeology and History.

To: Councillor Susan Barker
From: Adrian Corder-Birch
Sent: 01 October 2017 11:00
Subject: FW: Essex Record Office

Dear Cllr. Barker,
I refer to my email of 18th September, which for your convenience I am forwarding below.  As we are now in October, I look forward to receiving your reply please particularly as the next Council Meeting of the Essex Society for Archaeology and History is now less than two weeks away. 
I have recently perused expenditure on the ECC website and it would appear that since the beginning of the present financial year, ECC has paid in excess of £200,000.00 (Two hundred thousand pounds) to Future Gov for Consultants fees and reports.  I fully appreciate that this is probably across several services, but I shall be obliged if you will please let me know exactly how much of this expenditure (if any) applies to the ERO.   If any of this expenditure is applicable to the ERO then presumably ECC has received a report from Future Gov and if so will you please disclose a copy? 
I look forward to hearing from you please.
Thank you.
Yours sincerely,
Adrian Corder-Birch,
Essex Society for Archaeology and History

To: Adrian Corder-Birch
From: Cllr Susan Barker, Member CC
Sent: 13 October 2017 11:28
Subject: FW: Essex Record Office

Dear Mr Corder Birch

Thank you for your email and I apologise for the delay. I’d like to answer your questions individually below

1.         A copy of Mr. Adlington’s minutes of our meeting.

We did not plan to produce detailed minutes from the July meeting, and indeed your recent email follows up on the main points that were discussed.

2.         Has your Consultant’s Report from Future Gov been received?  If so will you please send us a copy.

While Phase 1 is complete, we need to review the implications and conduct further analysis of potential future models, and this is work in progress and not shareable at the current time.

You also asked how much money we paid for this, in your follow-up email. It was £40,000.

3.         Will you please advise the result of your communications with Chelmsford City Council regarding the use of the gravel area adjacent to the ERO for car parking for ERO staff, volunteers and visitors.  According to the Friends of Historic Essex AGM held last year on 9th July 2016, Stephen Dixon stated that parking arrangements were then being looked into consequent upon the loss of Wharf Road Car Park.  The gravel area adjacent to the ERO would make an excellent parking area and would no doubt help to increase visitor numbers and make the building more attractive to users, particularly for room hire.   You kindly agreed to contact the City Council to expedite negotiations and the outcome would be much appreciated please.

I agree that the gravel area adjacent to the ERO would make an excellent parking area as an alternative to the main Wharf Road car park that has been sold to Taylor Wimpey. We are in discussions with Chelmsford City Council about this, but those discussions have not reached a conclusion yet.

4.         Why was the last ECC Superfast Broadband meeting on 25th July 2017 held at Anglia Ruskin University and not the ERO where previous meetings took place?  As you know we are all keen that ECC should use the ERO for meetings where possible.

I am told by ERO officers that we are not party to individual decisions by other ECC Service Areas as to their choice of venues for external events. However, ECC event bookers are encouraged to use ECC venues (whether that is ERO or elsewhere) whenever possible, and we have conducted an extensive internal marketing campaign over the last 3 months to promote this.

5.         Has the ERO Collecting Policy been revised and if so may we have a copy please?

ERO is currently updating its Collecting Policy, scheduled for the end of 2017.

6.         The Business Case for 2017 was expected to be available for review this summer.  Is it available and if so may we have a copy please?

The ERO business review is ongoing and is subject to periodic internal review, and a major update now scheduled for December 2017. Part of that process will be to consult with each of our partner/interest groups such as ESAH, which we began to do via the meeting with several such groups in July, and which we plan to follow up with each of them during the autumn.

7.         Consequent upon the appointment of Susannah Shaw as the ECC Officer responsible for technology countywide, has any progress been made to replace the computers in the ERO?  The existing computers, which are very old, sometimes break down and are not the easiest to use.

It is true that the computers in the Searchroom have experienced some usability issues, which we are working through systematically with IS. The issues which we regarded as a particularly high concern are due to be resolved during October.

Please let me  know if you require further information.

Kind regards


Cllr Susan Barker

Essex Cabinet Member Culture, Communities and Customer
Chairman Essex Pension Fund
Chairman Stansted Airport Community Trust
Deputy Leader Uttlesford District Council                       .

Sunday, 15 October 2017

esah1852.org.uk Launched

Visit www.esah1852.org.uk , the Essex Society for Archaeology and History's new website.

This blog will continue alongside the new website becoming the focus of news for members and non members.  

esah160.blogspot was launched to supplement the old website, providing content never placed online before.  With the transition to the new website over the coming weeks new links will be created and old and redundant posts deleted.

Links in the sidebars have been updated this morning.  Please use contact form if you have a query.

Saturday, 14 October 2017

Monday, 9 October 2017

esah1852.org.uk PENTLOW is Coming

The new website for the Essex Society for Archaeology and History will be officially launched this coming Saturday. 

The Research section of the Society's new website www.esah1852.org.uk will include ...

Publications & Archives Page

Welcome to PENTLOW, the Essex Society for Archaeology and History’s online publications and archives library.  We have been publishing articles large and small of historical and archaeological interest relating to Essex since 1858. From this page you will find an increasing number of articles free of charge online.  Other items may be purchased as hard copy offprints or part volumes, or viewed online at a nominal charge.  PENTLOW is also the name of a small village in the north of the county of Essex so it seems an appropriate name for this archive.

PENTLOW is an acronym for:
P: Place Names Project of Essex
E:  Essex Society for Archaeology and History archive
N: Newsletter archive
T: Transactions of the Society since 1858
L: Links to other archives
O: Occasional Papers
W: Wealth of Resources - which includes links to the Essex Record Office, and other organisations

Friday, 6 October 2017

Newsletter (Autumn 2017)

Members of the Essex Society for Archaeology and History received the quarterly Newsletter through the post today. Items this time include:
- From The President
- The Rt. Hon. Lord Braybrooke, J. P., D. L. (1932-2017)
- Dismantling of the Monasteries
- Hunting the Dotterel
- Gold Sovereigns
- Norden's Description of Essex
- John Lionel Fisher (1886-1969)
- Newly Discovered Indenture
- A Progressive Schoolmaster at Brentwood
- Historic Finds at Southminster
- Oliver Rackham's Field Notebooks
- Industrial Heritage Fair - 7 October 2017
- Domestic Space in the Seventeenth Century House
- Redundant Fonts Reprieved
- Essex Seen From Elsewhere
- Officer vacancies from next AGM: Hon. Excursions Secretary, Hon. Programme Secretary, Hon. Secretary
- Website Launch Invite - 14 October 2017
- Events In Essex, including ESAH History and Archaeology Symposium, 4 November 2017
- A Touching Tribute to John Appleby
- Gareth Gunning (1941-2017)
- Frank Richard Clark (1921-2017)
- Book Reviews 

Thursday, 5 October 2017

Essex Industrial Heritage Fair. Wat Tyler Country Park. This Saturday

ESAH160: Essex Industrial Heritage Fair. Saturday 7 October...: The Essex Industrial Archaeology Group (EIAG) is part of the Essex Society for Archaeology and History The Fair will be held at Wat ...

Tuesday, 3 October 2017

esah1852. Essex Society for Archaeology and History's New Website to be Launched 14 October 2017

The Essex Society for Archaeology and History (ESAH) will be launching their new website, esah1852.org.uk, at the University of Essex Library in Wivenhoe, at 2pm on Saturday October 14, 2017.  An RSVP invitation is being sent to members in the Newsletter.

esah1852.org.uk was developed as part of an ambitious project to digitise the whole of the Society’s back catalogue of publications and make it freely and easily available to all our members.

Direct links on the homepage take you to the Place Names project and the Essex University Library where we hold ESAH’s collection of books. Our latest programme of excursions and events is also available from the homepage and members will soon be able to book attendance to any event online.

Only members of the Society will have access to the latest digitised online copies of the Transactions and Newsletters, while the historic collection will be available to the public at large. As part of this, we are still developing the membership management and online access to the website for exclusive access to the latest Transactions, Newsletters, Occasional Papers and future Panel of Speakers.

So far, 56 Transactions from 1858 to 1999 are available in PDF format to read, download and keep, at the click of a button. Indexes are included, Contents Lists can be searched. 120 newsletters from 1972 to 2010 are online along with all the latest EIAG newsletters. We have uploaded some comparative survey reports of modern and industrial sites and monuments on Essex windmills, water and steam mills and various railways; historic Colchester Museum annual reports from 1907 to 1974; ancient copies of Feet of Fines from 1182 to 1603; an inherited copy of the Panel of Speakers and – slightly more modern - 75 useful links to other organisations and societies ESAH interacts with.

The Secretary has taken it upon himself to compile a list of links for the new website. This includes some national and regional bodies but the largest element comprises local societies in Essex. Generally he has sought permission from the bodies concerned but, in order to produce a more comprehensive list, ESAH institutional members have been included where a current web address has been found. If there are any objections to inclusion, errors in web addresses or omissions, members are invited to contact the Secretary with any corrections or additions at essexarchaeology@hotmail.com.
The links can be found at esah1852.org.uk/links

Monday, 2 October 2017

esah1852 To Be Launched This October

The new website for the Essex Society for Archaeology and History will be launched this October.  It will be a massive improvement on the current site with many new features.  Look out for further news on this blog this month, and for changes to current web addresses and links.

Sunday, 1 October 2017

ESAH History and Archaeology Symposium. Christchurch United Reformed Church, Chelmsford. Saturday 4 November 2017

Following the absorption of Essex Congress into the Essex Society for Archaeology and History in 2016, ESAH is proud to announce its first Symposium.

   Essex Society for Archaeology & History


History & Archaeology Symposium
Registered Charity 213218

Saturday 4th November 2017
10am to 4.30pm

Christ Church URC
New London Road 
Chelmsford essex
The Essex Society for Archaeology and History welcomes you to the 2017 History and Archaeology Symposium.
The day will be split with the morning session devoted to three talks with an Archaeology theme, and the afternoon session devoted to three talks with an ecclesiastical history theme. The cost is £10.00 per person, which includes mid-morning and mid-afternoon refreshments as well as a buffet lunch.  Book your place now to avoid disappointment.
Nick Wickenden - Pleshey Castle
Shane Maher – Vinegar Alley Walthamstow
Maria Medlycott – Recent Discoveries at Harlow
Ken Crowe- Essex Monasteries
Martin Stuchfield – Monumental Brasses
Andrew Smith – Essex Churches then & now

To book contact Dr Graham Gould at drgegould@aol.com 

Watercolour World Website


An ambitious project to make available to the public more than three centuries’ worth of documentary watercolours from around the world has received royal backing from both Their Royal Highnesses The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall.

The project, The Watercolour World, aims to create a unique visual history of the world by giving online users access to digitised documentary watercolours dating from before 1900. With tens of thousands of pictures already in the process of being uploaded, the project website is set to become a significant new source of global history when it is launched in Spring next year.

Announcing the project today, Founder and Chairman Fred Hohler said:

“A re-evaluation of the documentary record contained in watercolours is bringing back into focus a fascinating but largely ignored visual record of the cultures and countries of our world from the Age of Enlightenment through to the modern era. By sourcing and digitising these watercolours – many more of which will be discovered during the course of this project – we are giving online users the ability to explore specific locations throughout the world through over three hundred years’ worth of watercolour painting.

 “We are hugely honoured Their Royal Highnesses have taken the highly unusual step of becoming joint Royal Patrons, which reflects both their and our own commitment to providing public access to the visual arts.”

The Watercolour World digital library will include images of documentary watercolours covering topography, anthropology and botany as well as historic events, people and places. Visitors to the website, to be launched in Spring next year, will be able to explore the watercolours via an interactive map and will have the opportunity to help identify unknown locations, join in discussions and deepen all our understanding of this unique historical record.

Founder Fred Hohler realised the importance of this orphan collection of images early in his work setting up the Public Catalogue Foundation and it builds on this previous project. The PCF catalogued over 230,000 oil paintings in publicly owned or supported collections throughout the UK.

The Duchess of Cornwall was Patron of the PCF initiative as well, and is now joined for Fred Hohler’s new project by her husband, The Prince of Wales, himself a keen watercolourist and founder of the Royal Drawing School.

The Watercolour World is backed by The Marandi Foundation, a London-based charity chaired by British entrepreneurs and philanthropists Javad and Narmina Marandi. Of the project, Javad Marandi said, “Watercolours are a priceless record of the world before photography. Many of them would be of great interest to historians, scientists and members of the general public, but are hidden from view and at risk of disappearing. We are very proud to be supporting The Watercolour World and its project to cast a critically important light on the world's historical record.”

Notes for Editors
Anyone wishing to become involved in the project should contact Alison Greenish, Chief Operating Officer for the project on a.greenish@watercolourworld.org
For further information about this project go to www.watercolourworld.org
Media requests for more information or for interviews with Fred Hohler should contact Patrick Harrison, Weber Shandwick on +44 (0)207 067 0639 and +44 (0) 7818 655207.  Email pharrison@webershandwick.com
A selection of watercolours which form part of this project are available to the media for publication, with the appropriate copyright.  If you have not received images with this release please contact Alex Evans, Weber Shandwick on +44 (0)20 7067 0708 and +44 (0)7970 373132. Email AEvans@webershandwick.com 

Thursday, 14 September 2017

Essex Churches Conference. Essex Record Office. Saturday 21 October 2018

From the Essex Record Office,

I am writing about an event that I hope will be of interest to your members. Would you be so kind as to forward on the details to them?

We are hosting a conference at the Essex Record Office on Saturday 21 October on Foundation, reformation and restoration: Essex churches from the Saxons to the Victorians, which will be a sweeping overview of several centuries of church building in Essex.

Kind regards,
Hannah Salisbury
Engagement and Events Manager, Essex Record Office

Wednesday, 13 September 2017

The Forests Of Essex. Conference. Gilwell Park. Monday 19 February 2018.

This day conference will explore the cultural and natural heritage of the forests of Essex, and issues of the understanding, management and future of trees, woods and forests in the county.

The conference will include a keynote session by author and historic landscape specialist, Professor Tom Williamson, who heads up the Landscape Group within the School of History at the UEA, and contributions from Charles Watkins, author and Professor of Rural Geography at the University of Nottingham, as well as a range of national and local experts. 

The conference will be held at the fantastic Gilwell Park conference centre, which is set in 108 acres on the edge of Epping Forest, close to Queen Elizabeth’s Hunting Lodge, and less than 20 minutes from central London.

Date: Monday 19 February 2018
Venue: Gilwell Park, London
Cost: £65 including light lunch

03330 132 738