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 for 2019

11 November

The Battle of Rorke’s Drift
Speaker : Paul Fairhurst

In the Anglo-Zulu War of 1879, the Zulu Army inflicted a major defeat on the British force at Isandlwana, and immediately moved on to attack Rorke’s Drift. Our speaker, a recent Mayor of Saffron Walden, will seek to give a personal perspective on these two battles with some feelings for the times.

9 December
Members Christmas Party

From 6p.m. to 7.30 p.m.
Museum Society Members Only

Still not too late to join the Museum Society – see page here for how to join

13 January2020

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

10 February

On Portraiture.
Speaker: Benjamin Sullivan

9 March


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

Talks from earlier in 2019

14 January

Cambridge Science Festival- 25 Years of engaging the Public with Science.
Speaker : Dr Lucinda Spokes

Dr Stokes will describe the role and development of this, the UK’s largest free science festival showcasing over 250 events in March 2019. Cambridge University researchers and students will open their laboratories and lecture halls holding talks exhibitions and demonstrations for over 30,000 visitors.

11 February

DNA, Surnames and Genealogy
Speaker: Mark Carroll

Biochemistry lecturer at a leading London medical school and passionate family historian

Will traditional methods of family history and genealogy research, with their emphasis on documentary evidence and surnames,soon be replaced by DNA analysis? Mark uses examples drawn from family history research and DNA analysis to illustrate the concepts involved.

11 March

The University Museum of Zoology Cambridge-Past, Present and Future.
Speakers ; Dr Roz Wade and Matt Lowe

The Talk discussed the history of the collection, which contains over 2 million items, the recent redevelopment of the Museum and the programme of education which the Museum runs

8 April

Essex Diary-the wildlife of Essex through the year.
Speaker : Liz Huxley

Using her own photography Liz Huxley discussed the many faces of Essex wildlife through the seasons.

13 May

The Woman who Saved the Children
Speaker; Claire Mulley

Eglantyne Jebb, founder of Save the Children and pioneer of
children’s rights, was perhaps an unlikely children’s champion. In
1919, she launched Save the Children in London; 5 years later she
drafted the statement of children’s human rights, now evolved into
the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.

10 June

Poster for tenth of June talk on the Georgian Papers

Launched on 1st April 2015 by Her Majesty the Queen, the Georgian Papers programme is a project to make the historic manuscripts relating to the Georgian Monarchy more widely available to the public by digitizing them! The Georgian Papers section of the Royal Archive comprises 425,000 items and were at the start of the project stored, uncatalogued, in cardboard boxes, unlabelled except for the few saying “miscellaneous”.

9 September

Taking away the Walls.
Speaker : James Lumbard Saffron Walden Museum

14 October

Church Graffiti.
Speaker: Anthea Hawdon

Since the churches of Essex were built, their parishioners and visitors have been leaving their marks on the walls. This talk covers the variety of graffiti found in churches, from medieval to World War 2, from gossip to magic and a lot of places in between. If you’re interested in a new source for local history research or how to keep evil spirits away, this talk has something for you!


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


See the Current Exhibition page