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The blog of the Essex Record Office, the storehouse of Essex history
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    Conservation is a vital part of our work at ERO. Our conservators work to protect and conserve documents, to ensure their survival for years to come. One recent project has conserved a collection of 42 early medieval deeds relating to … Continue reading

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    One of the joys of working in an archive is the potential every day holds for coming across something beautiful or interesting in our collection. Last week’s star find was a medieval deed, D/DRg 6/5, or more specifically, one of … Continue reading

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  • 07/21/14--05:30: Greetings from Bangkok
  • In this guest blog post, Denwood Holmes writes for us from Bangkok about his research in the Essex archives… Greetings from Bangkok, where I hope I have the distinction of being among the ERO’s more far-flung correspondents. As an Ottoman … Continue reading

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    Each month a document is put on display in our Searchroom. Our document for July has been chosen by Archivist Katharine Schofield to look at first responses in Essex to the outbreak of the First World War in August 1914. … Continue reading

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    Following the recent upload of images of an additional 22,500 wills to Essex Ancestors, Archivist Katharine Schofield takes a look at some of the wills of the Dutch population of Essex… Among the wills recently added to Essex Ancestors are … Continue reading

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    This guest post is written by Laura Davison, project officer for We Will Remember Them. This HLF-funded school project has used documents stored at ERO and included a visit to ERO for the pupils involved. Year 5 pupils at North … Continue reading

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    As the 2015 General Election approaches, we take a look at some of the records of voting history in the Essex Record Office archives… The right to vote is something which we are all today well accustomed to, and perhaps … Continue reading

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    Each month one of our Archivists selects a document to highlight. This month it is the turn of Chris Lambert – his chosen document will be on display in the ERO Searchroom throughout July 2015. It was July 1615.  Joan, … Continue reading

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  • 08/20/15--03:36: ‘An Ocean of Books’
  • Hannah Salisbury, Engagement and Events Manager In preparing our latest mini-biography of an interesting person from Essex’s past for Essex Life magazine, I came across this wonderful quote from William Gilberd (1544-1603), in the preface to his book De Magnete, published … Continue reading

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    Wills can tell us all sorts of things about the lives of people in the past, and are a brilliant resource for genealogists and social and economic historians alike. As we have mentioned before, our collections include some 70,000 original … Continue reading

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    There are many things for us Essexians to be proud of, and it seems that one of them is our county’s tendency to produce incredibly talented snooker players, most famously Ronnie O’Sullivan. In more recent years two more top-ranked players … Continue reading

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    Sarah-Joy Maddeaux, You Are Hear Project Officer If a bench could talk, what would it say? The listening benches being installed across the county by the Essex Record Office do talk, and they tell you stories and play you recordings of local … Continue reading

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    D/DU 1407/1 As the clocks go back again for the winter, November’s Document of the Month looks at the introduction of Daylight Saving Time in the UK in 1916, when the clocks went forward by one hour at 2 am … Continue reading

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    Regular readers will probably have noticed our Chelmsford Then and Now series of blog posts, written by Ashleigh Hudson, who worked with us on a research placement last year as part of her MA degree with the University of Essex. … Continue reading

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    On Wednesday 16 September 1908, Amy Hicks spoke at a suffrage meeting held at the Co-operative Hall in Colchester and declared that campaigners for women’s suffrage were ‘neither freaks nor frumps’. This was the third of three suffrage campaign meetings … Continue reading

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    Archivist Lawrence Barker tells us about his choice for Document of the Month: a newly accessioned Church Book from Colchester dating from 1796-1816 (D/NC 42/1/1A). A year of ‘war and confusions’: this is how the Reverend Joseph Herrick (1794-1865) described … Continue reading

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    As the centenary of the end of the First World War approaches, we are delving into our collection looking at some of the fascinating wartime documents we look after. Join us on Saturday 10th November 2018 to mark 100 years … Continue reading