All events take place at 7:30pm in the Baptist Church, Hedingham Road, Halstead unless otherwise stated
Our programme may change at short notice due to circumstances outside our control
"Weavers, Higglers and Moze Makers"
A talk by Michael Holland based on a document created by a parish overseer in preparation for the 1831 census. It detailed the names, addresses, occupations and employers of all labourers and artisans, resident at that time in Halstead. At the very end of the talk an explanation of the title, especially the higglers and moze makers, is given.
John Ray, Braintree’s Father of Natural History
Jenny Rowland a trustee of The John Ray Trust will tell us about the life and achievements of John Ray, probably the most distinguished British natural historian of all time, and his association with the Essex town of Braintree.
The History of RAF Wethersfield and how I became the Curator
An illustrated talk by Ross Stewart.
Visit to Ridgewell Airfield Museum
11.00am at the airfield. Donations on the day. Tea and coffee available for a small fee.
Visit to Great Bardfield
The guided tour will take around 2 hours and will include the Bawden Room, Museum, Cage and Church. Cost £8 per person. 2.00pm. Names and payment by 30th June to John Miners or Malcolm Root.
Visit to Easton Park Gardens
2.00pm, £6.50 per person. The visit will last approximately 2 hours and will include a tour and talk about the history and renovation of the Gardens, a chance to look at the memorabilia and photographs in the archives and tea/coffee and home made cake. This is payable in advance, for a minimum of 10 people, and we will need final names no later than 21st June 2018.
Servants in Suffolk Country Houses, c1700 to c1900
A talk by Dr. Nick Sign, Vice-Chairman of Suffolk Local History Council, which examines the many different servant roles required to run a large country house, including below-stairs hierarchy, the different duties of male and female servants, methods of recruitment, servants' wages, working conditions and their living accommodation.
The Wild West Goes East
A talk by Phil Lyons on Buffalo Bill's Wild West show tour of East Anglia in 1903 and in particular his Colchester show.
David Austin will introduce us to the real Vikings, not the Hollywood and TV version. He has had a life-long interest in the Vikings, and his researches have taken him to York, Isle of Man, Ireland, Iceland, Norway and Denmark. He has also sailed a couple of replica Viking ships in Denmark!
Our president Malcolm Root’s Annual Side Show followed by festive nibbles.
Annual General Meeting
The Rise and Fall of Colchester’s ‘Good Time Girls', 1855-1895
A talk by Dr. Jane Pearson. Why did prostitution become a problem in mid-nineteenth-century Colchester and what did the town do about it?
Jane is a teaching fellow and part-time lecturer in the Department of History at the University of Essex.