The Friends of Historic Essex hold events each year, including our AGM which takes place in a location of historic interest in Essex, a quiz to raise funds for the Essex Great War Archive Project, and an autumn lecture on a First World War subject.


Autumn Lecture 2017: The Essex Coast in the First World War

Image: German floating dock and U-boat tester off Harwich

Image: German floating dock and U-boat tester off Harwich

Raising funds for the Essex Great War Archive Project

Essex has the longest coastline of any English county and with its proximity to the continent its coastal towns and ports played an important role throughout the Great War. The events along our coast during the conflict were probably as varied as the coastline itself.

Harwich at War

We are delighted that David Whittle from the Harwich Society will speak at this year’s event. He will enlighten us on some of the significant events that the ancient port was involved in during the conflict.

Juvenile Crime in Southend

We are also pleased that Andrew Emeny, a teacher by profession, will be sharing his research on juvenile criminal activity in Southend between 1914 and 1918.

Following these fascinating talks our chairman Chris Thornton will update us on the continuing work of the Essex Great War Archive Project.

When: Saturday 25th November 2017, 2.00pm – 4.30pm

Where: Chelmsford Museum, Oaklands Park, Moulsham Street, Chelmsford, CM2 9AQ. Level access.  Lift to first floor.  Free parking for the first three hours.

Tickets: £5 per person including tea/coffee.

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