Essex Record Office Presents...

ERO Presents is back! Explore the history of Essex at a series of talks held at the Essex Record Office this autumn.

Event details


September 7 - November 2, 2021


10:30am - 12:00pm



Who for?

For adults


Essex Record Office

Wharf Road, Chelmsford, Essex, England, CM2 6YT

How to book

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Supplying the army: the contribution of Essex to provisioning the forces of Edward III, c.1337 - Tuesday 7 September, 10.30am-12pm

Reprising the paper that he gave at the 2019 Record Office conference Essex on the Edge, Neil Wiffen will consider how the people of Essex, along with the rest of the kingdom, contributed supplies to the many campaigns of Edward III in the first half of the fourteenth century. Subsequently this paper then appeared in the Essex Journal and Neil went on to come second in the national British Association for Local History annual 2020 award for a long article – copies of the article will be available on the day.

Laurence's talk

Essex; home of the Mayflower? - Tuesday 5 October, 10.30am-12pm

To mark the anniversary of the arrival of the Pilgrims to the New World in autumn of 1620 (albeit a little late as a result of Covid-19), retired ERO archivist Lawrence Barker will look at what is known about the ship that transported them there – the Mayflower. While the Mayflower’s captain, Christopher Jones, was almost certainly from Essex, probably born around 1570 in Harwich, not much is known about his ship. So what is actually known?

Moriahs talk

An Essex Archaeological Roundup - Tuesday 2 November, 10.30am-12pm

Essex is a county rich in archaeological remains, however whilst some are easily visible within the landscape, such as moats and castles, the majority are hidden below the topsoil and are only revealed by excavation, usually in advance of development. This talk is going to look at a number of notable projects that have recently taken place within the county and discuss how these sites are discovered and what they have revealed about the development of the Essex landscape over time.

The studies will include the excavation of a Late Iron Age village at Cressing that may have been levelled by the Romans in the aftermath of the Boudiccan revolt, a Roman salt-making and fish-processing site in Thurrock, the emergence of a hidden landscape within Hatfield Forest and multi-period site in Harlow which contains evidence of human occupation from the Neolithic to the medieval period.

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