Nearly £1,600 raised for Essex Great War Archive Project

The fourth and final annual quiz to raise funds for the Essex Great War Archive Project (EGWAP) took place on Friday 20 April 2018, and raised £375 for the project. This adds to the funds raised by the three previous quizzes to make a combined total of nearly £1,600.

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Thank you to everyone who took part – we hope you all had a great night. Thank you especially to our quiz masters Chris and Wendy Hibbitt, who have run all four excellent quizzes at no charge to the Friends.

The funds raised by EGWAP will be used to collect, conserve and catalogue documents which relate to Essex in the First World War at the Essex Record Office. The benefits of the money raised will be felt in the near future and in the longer term, as documents are made more accessible to the public and are better stored to increase their longevity.

The Saulez papers relate to three Essex brothers who served during the First World War, and were purchased for the ERO by the Friends as part of EGWAP. Read more here.

We are intending to hold a joint event with ERO at the Record Office on Saturday 10th November when some of the First World War documents which have been bought or repackaged with EGWAP funds will be on display. Details will be published here and on the ERO website when they are confirmed.

In the meantime, you can find out more about ERO’s First World War collections on their blog.

Autumn Lecture 2017

Our next event raising funds for the Essex Great War Archive Project will be our Autumn Lecture on Saturday 25 November 2017, 2.00pm-4.30pm, at Chelmsford Museum. There will be two talks, both focusing on aspects of the history of the Essex coast during the First World War. The first talk will be given by David Whittle on Harwich at War, and the second will be by Andrew Emeny on Juvenile Crime in Southend.

Tickets are £5 per person including tea/coffee. Find out more, including how to book, on our events page.