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
Tudor Education in Essex
Tony Tuckwell, Vice Chair of The Essex branch of the Historical Association and Head of King Edward VI Grammar School, Chelmsford 1984-99, has written widely on local history since retirement. This talk is based on the research for his book “That Honourable and Gentlemanlike House: the History of King Edward VI Grammar School, Chelmsford 1551-2001”
Join us for another delve into the archives as our President, Malcolm Root, shares more slides from Halstead and district followed by our seasonal drinks and nibbles.
Annual General Meeting
Our Annual General Meeting will once again be followed by an exploration into our museum archives where Jim and John will display some of the many 100’s of items that we don’t have room to have on permanent display in the museum.
Earls Colne and WW2
80 years ago Earls Colne was a centre of activity during the war. Gordon Brown, one of our members and also the Chair of Earls Colne Heritage Museum, will explain the significance of the railway, airfield and a secret headquarters at the time.
The Great Essex Earthquake
Peter Jones will describe the time when panic and destruction swept across north Essex.
Master Scissor Artist Mr John Thurman will share with us the little known but fascinating history of the shadow portrait from ancient times to the present day. Dressed in a themed costume in the style of a traditional scissor artist from the past John will also bring a replica stall that such a travelling artist would use.
Supplying Edward IIIs armies: the experience of Essex c.1337
Neil Wiffen returns to share a stimulating study of the local impact of national events during the Hundred Years War, focusing on the requisitioning of supplies and showing who in Essex provided what the king demanded.