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Thursday, 27 December 2018

Local History Societies' Meetings in Essex 2019


Local History Societies’ meetings in Essex 2019

With thanks to Christopher Thompson. 
Information accurate at time of publication

Billericay Archaeological and Historical Society
Our monthly meetings are held at The Fold, Arts Centre, located off Laindon Road, Billericay, where we meet on the second Monday of each month at 8:00 pm.
Monday 14th January
“Vicky English Princess &
German Empress”
Speaker Margaret Mills
Monday 11th February
“Brunell”
Speaker Roger Manion
Monday 11th March
“Norfolk Wherry Maud Trust”
Speaker Linda Pargeter
Monday 8th April
AGM 7.30pm followed by
“Customs & Traditions of London”
Speaker Mark Lewis
Monday 13th May
“Women in Medieval London”
Speaker Caroline Baron
Monday 10th June
“Mesolithic Archaeology”
Speaker Maria Medlecott
Monday 8th July
“New York, New York”
Speaker Ann Hardy
No meeting in August
Monday 9th September
“The Titanic”
Speaker Denis Lynch
Monday 14th October
“Early Policing in Billericay”
Speaker Peter Layzel
Monday 11th November
“The Shakespeare Conspiracy”
Speaker Julian Whybra
Monday 9th December
“A giant of the 19th century -
Abraham Lincoln”
Speaker Margaret Mills


Chingford Historical Society
Our meetings are held at SS Peter and Paul Church on The Green, North Chingford at 7.30.p.m. on the third Thursday of each month from October till April inclusive. Talks on local and general history are illustrated and there is an interval where tea and biscuits can be obtained.    Non-members are welcome to attend for a small fee payable at the door. 

No meetings are yet listed.

Clacton and District Local History Society at 7.30 P.M at Pier Avenue Baptist Church.
17TH JANUARY. NORMAN JACOBS. “CRACKED EGGS AND CHICKEN SOUP.”
21ST FEBRUARY. MALCOLM BATTY.  “THE KIRBY RIOTS”
21ST MARCH. GEORGE HARDWICK.  “WHAT IS NEW IN OUR ARCHIVE?”.
18TH APRIL. ROGER KENNELL.  “WHATEVER HAPPENED TO SOUTHCLIFF?”
16TH MAY. BILL SMITH.  “AVIATION ARCHAEOLOGY AND ST OSYTH WW2 MUSEUM”
20TH JUNE. BRIAN D'ARCY.  “GHOSTS OF THE TOWER OF LONDON.”
18TH JULY. MEMBERS SHORT PRESENTATIONS. GILL GREEN AND SANDRA ADAMS SALMON.
15TH AUGUST. VIC MILLER.  “AN EVENING OF VISUAL IMAGES ”
19TH SEPTEMBER. DAVID WHITTLE.  “WW1 THE HARWICH FORCE,CAPTAIN FRYATT,THE SS BRUSSELS AND THE SURRENDER OF THE U BOATS INTO HARWICH HARBOUR.”
17TH OCTOBER. A.G.M.  A SHORT DVD OF JOHNSON'S OF CLACTON BY ANTHONY ALLSTON A LOCAL RESIDENT.
21ST NOVEMBER. FRANCIS BOARDMAN. “THE GREAT STINK”,THE BUILDING OF LONDON'S SEWERS.
19TH DECEMBER MILLER. XMAS QUIZ.

Elsenham Village History Society
1. Elsenham Village History Society Quarterly Meeting - Roger Barrett -'The Fuller Maitlands at Stansted Hall'
March 13, 2019 8:00 p.m. at Elsenham Memorial Hall
Free to Members - Visitors always welcome only £2 Tea and Coffee will be available from 7:45p.m.
(Agenda will be available about 1 week prior to meeting)
2. Elsenham Village History Society Quarterly Meeting - Lee Player - Thatching History and Practice
June 12, 2019 8:00 p.m. at Elsenham Memorial Hall
Free to Members - Visitors always welcome only £2 Tea and Coffee will be available from 7:45p.m.
(Agenda will be available about 1 week prior to meeting)
3. Elsenham Village History Society Quarterly Meeting - Bill Hardy- Building Kings College Chapel and Arabic assembly marks
September 11, 2019 8:00 p.m. at Elsenham Memorial Hall
Free to Members - Visitors always welcome only £2 Tea and Coffee will be available from 7:45p.m.
(Agenda will be available about 1 week prior to meeting)
4. Elsenham Village History Society Quarterly Meeting -Mark Carroll - DNA Surnames and Genealogy
November 13, 2019 8:00 pm at Elsenham Memorial Hall
Free to Members - Visitors always welcome only £2 Tea and Coffee will be available from 7:45p.m.
(Agenda will be available about 1 week prior to meeting)
5. Elsenham Village History Society Quarterly Meeting - Illustrated Talk - The Story of Elsenham Jam - Ray Franklin Chairman Elsenham Village History Society
March 12, 2020 8:00 pm at Elsenham Memorial Hall
Free to Members - Visitors always welcome only £2 Tea and Coffee will be available from 7:45p.m.
(Agenda will be available about 1 week prior to meeting)

Halstead and District Local history Society
All events take place at 7:30pm in the Baptist Church, Hedingham Road, Halstead unless otherwise stated.
No meetings are yet listed for 2019.


Hedingham Heritage Society
10 January, Thursday 7:45pm The Memorial Hall, Castle Hedingham
Pictorial History of Essex / Suffolk Border - Ashley Cooper


Historical Association (Essex Branch)
Talks are on Saturdays at 2.30pm
Venue: Trinity Methodist Church, Rainsford Road, Chelmsford, CM1 2XB.
Free parking at the Church or in the County Council car-park opposite.
Visitors and prospective members warmly welcomed - a £3 donation requested.
12th January
The Weimar Republic and its difficult birth
Dr Eric Boston, Director of Academic Liaison, Head of Humanities, Head of History and Politics, CATs Cambridge
2nd February
The Case of the Petrified Leg and other 18th century Medical Curiosities
Dr Lisa Smith, Lecturer, Department of History, University of Essex
2nd March
Some Ancient Greeks in Roman Britain
Professor Edith Hall, Professor of Classics, King's College, University of London
6th April
'Please, Sir, I want some more'.  What did they eat in Victorian Britain?
Dr Robert Hopkinson, former Head of History, Wolsingham School, former Secretary, Durham HA Branch, and recent Treasurer, Cumbria HA Branch
11th May
'The March of the Women':  The Campaign for Women's Suffrage in Britain?
Dr Robert Saunders, Senior Lecturer in Modern British History, Queen Mary College, University of London


Jaywick Local History Society
  • Monday21st.January 2019.  The 'After Christmas Meal '  at Clacton Golf Club - 12.30 for 1.00pm.
  • Tuesday 5th. February  John Worland - 'The Essex Witches'
  • Tuesday 2nd. April  Nicholas Charrington - 'Layer Marney Tower'
  • Tuesday 4th. June. Brian Thurlow - 'The Red Barn Murders'
  • Tuesday 6th. August. Peter Jones - 'The Great Essex Earthquake'
  • Tuesday 1st. October. A.G.M. followed by Richard A. Scott - 'The Story of Bourne Mill'

Leyton and Leytonstone Historical Society
7.45pm Wednesday January 16th 2019 *
Les Capon talks about his latest year as an archaeologist.
Leyton Sixth Form College (Room HE4), Essex Road, Leyton E10 6EQ (buses along Lea Bridge Road)

7.45pm Wednesday February 20th 2019 *
 A talk by Richard Gray ‘Shakespeare’s  London to the West End Playhouse ‘
St John's Hall, off High Road, Leytonstone, London E11 by the entrance to the Matalan store, (not far from Leytonstone Central Line station)
£2 contribution requested from visitors.

Newport Local History Group
No events are currently listed.

Saffron Walden Historical society
7.45 pm at the Friends’ Meeting House, High Street, Saffron Walden – All welcome. Members can join at this meeting for just £7 a year which entitles you to free entry to seven lectures.

Wednesday 23 January 2019 – The Long Road to Brexit: Robin O’Neill
Wed 27 Feb: The archaeological landscape of Great Chesterford: Jacqui Hutton
Wed 27 Mar: The Italian artist Biagio Rebecca and his work at Audley End: Peter Moore
Wed 24 April: The Cutlers of Thaxted 1350-1450: Richard Till



South Woodham Ferrers Local History Society
Meetings held at Champions Manor Hall Community Centre, 94 Hullbridge Road, South Woodham Ferrers, Essex.  CM3 5LJ.  Meetings start at 8pm.
01245 321518

Wednesday 6 February 2019.  Railway Branch Lines to Maldon.  Nathaniel Dodd
Wednesday 6 March 2019.  The history of Lodges Coaches. Robert Lodge
Wednesday 3 April 2019.  One day in the Battle of Britain in Essex, 29 October 1940.  Neil Wiffin, Essex Record Office
Wednesday 1 May 2019.  Essex Church Brasses. Martin Stuchfield, Monumental Brass Society.
Wednesday 5 June 2019.  Society’s outdoor visit

Stebbing Local History Society
All meetings are held at the Stebbing Village Hall, Mill Lane, Stebbing, Essex, CM6 3SL. Entry is free to members and guests are charged £2.
Five meetings are held per year on the second Monday of the months of February, April, June, September and November. All meetings start at 8 p.m. The meetings always consist of a guest speaker on a local subject and there is always a display of different documents and photographs from our archives.
No meetings are yet listed for 2019.

Thurrock Local History Society
Meetings are held at Thurrock Adult Community College, Richmond Road, Grays Thurrock, Essex, RM17 6DN.   All meetings begin at 8.00 pm unless indicated otherwise. The AGM begins at 7.30 pm.   Most talks are illustrated and there is a break for refreshments.
Membership Subscriptions: Adults - £15.00, Students - £4.00, Under age 16 - free, Visitors (per meeting) - £2.00   Visitors are very welcome at all meetings.

Friday, 18th January 2019.  The Great War - a review by Brett Goodyear
Friday, 15th February 2019.  Ghosts and Graves in Barking and Dagenham by Linda Rhodes
Friday 15th March 2019.  Belhus and the Barrett Lennards by Susan Yates
Friday, 26th April 2019.  The Annual General Meeting (starts at 7.30) followed by  DNA - what can it tell us? by John Matthews
Friday, 17th May 2019.  Machu Picchu by Scott Sullivan

Waltham Abbey Historical Society
We organise a series of lectures on the third Fridays of September to May, at the Baptist Church, Paradise Road, Waltham Abbey EN9 1RL, 8-10pm with a refreshment break. Anyone is welcome to come; members are free and we invite a £1 donation from non-members.

Friday 18th January 2019: St Albans: The First 1000 Years.  Sally Pearson
Friday 15th February 2019: Their Name Liveth for Evermore: The Story of the Unknown Soldier and War Memorials.  Martyn Lockwood
Friday 15th March 2019. Puddephatt Memorial Lecture: A Church Saved for the People and the Nation: The 1960-65 Restoration of the Parish Church of the Holy Cross and St Lawrence, Waltham Abbey.  Grenville Weltch.
Friday 12th April 2019 (this is the 2nd Friday of April):  Presidential Address & Annual General Meeting
Friday 17th May 2019: The West End of the Church at Waltham Abbey: Mysteries and Modifications.  Lawrence Greenall & Steve Miller


PARKING: the large Corn Mill Car Park is behind the Town Hall (its entrance is to the side of Muhinur restaurant, Greenyard, EN9 1RD) free in the evenings. The Baptist church is a 2-minute walk from the car park exit, heading due east through an archway in a 1960s block of flats.




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