Talks and Events

Evening Talks

society_talks_sm_380-2society_talks_380Talks are held at 8.00 pm in St Mary’s Parish Rooms, Museum Street, Saffron Walden.
members £1: guests welcome, £3: young people under 16 free.

Programme for 2017

Friday, 8th September

8.00 pm  – AGM of Saffron Walden Museum
Society Limited in the Museum.
Refreshments available from 7.30 pm

Monday, 11th September:

The Ice Age in Essex and beyond 

Speaker; Gerald Lucy, Fossil expert and author of “Essex Rocks”

About 450,000 years ago, in the middle of the Ice Age, almost the whole of Britain was buried beneath a giant ice sheet, in places over a mile thick.  This was the coldest period of what we call the ‘Ice Age’, a remarkable period of the Earth’s recent history.  Gerald Lucy will give an illustrated talk on the Ice Age in Britain and in Essex, and how it consisted of not just cold stages but also warm periods, some of which saw hippos wallowing in Essex rivers!

Monday, 9th October:

“The Lost Heroes of Bletchley Park or How Bill Tutte Won the War!”

Speaker:  Richard Fletcher

Monday, 13th November:

Oliver Cromwell

Speaker: John Davies, from the Cromwell Museum at Huntingdon

Monday, 11th December:

Christmas Social

Talks and Visits from earlier in 2017


9th January
The Place Names of Saffron Walden

The 1758 map of Saffron Walden

Malcolm White, Local Historian and former Town Clerk, will give an illustrated talk on the place names of Saffron Walden, and how they reflect the shape, occupations, size, origins, and personalities of the town.







Monday, 13th February:
Printed Maps of Essex, 1576 to 1947: The Good, the Bad and the Downright Ugly

Peter Walker
Map collector, historian and author










Monday, 13th March:

Dressing Up: British portraits of the 18th century

Hugh Belsey

Lecturer and former Curator of Gainsborough’s House in Sudbury

 Monday, 10th April:

Darwin's Life in Letters

Monday, 8th May:

Monday, 12th June:

Other Events run by the Museum Service

As well as the events that are run by the Museum Society, the Museum Service runs events especially during half term and summer school holidays. A full Listing can be found on the Museum Events page

Current Exhibition

28 January – 30 July 2017

Completing the Look

–  explores the history of fashion accessories from the Georgian period up to the present day. Displaying beautiful hats, shoes, jewelery, scarves, gloves and much more, the exhibition tells the story of how men and women have used accessories to show off their social status, attract a partner, make an artistic statement or, simply, complete their look.

See the Current Exhibition page