Talks and Events

Evening Talks

society_talkssociety_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 of Talks for 2020

The Programme of talks is suspended for the duration of the Covid-19 restrictions, but will resume at some future time when that proves possible. The following  list is therefore provisional.

20 April

Bird Migration.
Speaker: Liz Huxley

11 May

All Fired Up.
Speaker: Mick Ford of Essex Fire Museum

8 June

Market Towns 1750 to the Present.
Speaker: Tony Kirby

14 September

The Art at Audley End House.
Speaker: Dr Peter Moore,  English Heritage

12 October

John Ray, Father of Natural History.
Speaker: Jennifer Rowland

Events held earlier this year

13 January2020

The Essex Regiment during World War One.
Speaker: Peter Layzell

The Essex Regiment provided some 30 battalions to the British army in World War 1 and saw action in the Somme, Gallipoli, Egypt, and Palestine. Peter Layzell has made a long study of the Regiment’s achievements.

This talk by the manager of the Essex Regiment Family History Website is drawn from testimonies and newspaper accounts following the Regiment through the Great War including the soldiers daily routine, trench life and medical treatment.

10 February

On Portraiture.
Speaker: Benjamin Sullivan

Our speaker is one of this country’s leading portrait painters. He will be talking about his work in the context of 20th century portraiture.
His work is to be found in numerous public and private collections, including the National Portrait Gallery, the Royal Scottish Academy, Parliament House, Edinburgh, and several Oxford and Cambridge Colleges.

9 March

1,568 Sawdust Hearts
Speaker  Tracey Fernandes

Soldiers wounded in the 1st World War were encouraged to decorate heart shaped bags filled with sawdust as a therapy. In 2018, a project to mark the centenary of that war was launched to provide one heart for each day of the War-hence 1568 Sawdust Hearts. 20 of these were made by volunteers in and around Saffron Walden and are now on display in the Museum. The speaker will tell us the full story.


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


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