Chelmsford Heritage Open Days

EVENTS

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Sept 19

Marconi History Guided Walk

Friday 10th September

Heritage Open Days Chelmsford Marconi Walk

Times:

10:00 - 11:30


Booking:

Booking via www.eventbrite.co.uk
FULLY BOOKED


Location:

Meet at The Marconi Wireless Factory, Hall Street, Moulsham Street, Chelmsford, Essex, CM2 0HG.


Info:

This walking tour will start at the world’s first wireless factory, follow a route through the city and finish on the site of the world’s first purpose-built radio factory.

The world’s first wireless factory in Hall Street was where the radio equipment for the RMS Titanic was made and the world’s first radio factory in New Street was where pioneering broadcasts were made. On this site the company mass-produced radar, radio, and television equipment. This walk is not only a celebration of Mr. Marconi and his great achievements but also a tribute to the thousands of local people who worked for the Marconi company. The walking tour from Hall Street to New Street will last around 90 minutes and finish with a tour of the historical site.

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Edible England: What a (Lot Of) Waste

Friday 10th September (day 1)

Heritage Open Days Chelmsford Edible England

Times:

10: - 16:00


Booking:

Not required


Location:

Former Top Shop, 1 High Chelmer Shopping Centre, Chelmsford High Street, CM1 2PP.


Info:

The Ideas Hub Chelmsford will represent visually, through an art Installation, the amount of food waste generated per person per year in 1950, 1970 and 2020.

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Tours of the Chelmsford Brewing Company

Friday 10th September (10:00 - 13:00) (Day 1)

Heritage Open Days Chelmsford Brewing Company

Times:

Tours: 10:00, 11:00 & midday


Booking:

10th - 10am: Booking via www.eventbrite.co.uk

10th - 11am: Booking via www.eventbrite.co.uk

10th - Midday: Booking via www.eventbrite.co.uk

17th - 10am: Booking via www.eventbrite.co.uk

17th - 11am: Booking via www.eventbrite.co.uk

17th - Midday: Booking via www.eventbrite.co.uk


Location:

2 Brewery Fields, Church Street, Great Baddow, CM2 7LE


Info:

Located in Great Baddow, the village has a proud heritage of brewing which dates back to 1798. The tours will allow visitors an insight into the background behind the science of beer making.

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Talk On 'Researching the Past To Inform the Future'

Friday 10th September

Heritage Open Days Writtle University

Times:

Venue opens: 10:00

Talk: 19:30 - 20:30


Booking:

Not required


Location:

Northumberland Lecture Theatre, Writtle University College, Lordship Road, Writtle, CM1 3RR


Info:

The history of Writtle University College. 2021 marks the 128th anniversary of the educational institution which for over 80 years has been located on the outskirts of Writtle village in Essex.

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In Search of Apples

Friday 10th September (Day 1)

Heritage Open Days Chelmsford Search for Apples

Times:

Fri 10th: 11:00 - 16:00

Sat 11th: 10:00 - 16:00

Sun 12th: 10:00 - 16:00


Booking:

Not required


Location:

Bloor Homes Field, Orchard Way, off Plantation Road, Boreham. CM3 3GQ


Info:

Plywood apples will be available at the event for you to decorate. Artists Julie and Ron will be collecting stories and reminiscences. The apples will be laid out in a temporary installation and the installation will be available for viewing for a number of days, and a film of the installation will be available on our YouTube channel after the event. There will also be some information about local apple production and heritage varieties at the event.

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History of Alpacas

Friday 10th September

Heritage Open Days Chelmsford History of Alpacas

Times:

10:00


Booking:

Not required


Location:

CCS YouTube Channel


Info:

All About Alpacas Ltd, based on Lathcoats Farm tell us all about the history of alpacas and introduce us to their boys!

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Beecast

Friday 10th September

Heritage Open Days Chelmsford Beecast

Times:

10:00


Booking:

Not required


Location:

CCS YouTube Channel


Info:

Beecast: Chelmsford Community Radio presenter Michelle Durant explores the 'hive mind' with the help of James Curtis from @WildwingHoney.

Hear about the work that goes on to care for thousands of bees producing local honey, plus get a valuable insight into the historic Chelmsford Beekeepers.

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Edible England: What a (Lot Of) Waste

Saturday 11th September (Day 2)

Info:

See Sept 10

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St Andrew’s Church, Sandon Village

Saturday 11th September

Heritage Open Days St Andrews Church Sandon

Times:

10:00 - 16:00

Tower visits approx. every half hour 10:30-15:30


Booking:

Tower tour booking on arrival


Venue:

St Andrew’s Church, corner of Woodhill Road and Hall Lane, Sandon, Chelmsford. CM2 7SH


Info:

Come and explore St Andrew’s Church, its bells and bell tower. Use our self-guided tours of the church and churchyard. Take part in family quizzes in the arboretum and learn more about the historic features inside the church. Find the church mice!

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St John's Church Moulsham Street

Saturday 11th September

Heritage Open Days WSt John's Church Moulsham St

Times:

10:00 - 16:00


Booking:

Not required


Venue:

Church of St John the Evangelist, Moulsham Street, CM2 0JD


Info:

A display of the history of the Mildmay Almshouses. Cold drinks and biscuits will be available in the lounge.

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Hidden Writtle University Nature Draw

Saturday 11th September

Heritage Open Days Writtle University College

Times:

Tour: 10:30


Booking:

Booking via www.eventbrite.co.uk
FULLY BOOKED


Venue:

Writtle University College, Lordship Road, Writtle, CM1 3RR
Starting place will be in front of the main building of the University College.


Info:

A walk through the grounds of Writtle University College, visiting the secluded gardens and animals that are tended to by the staff and students throughout the year.

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Hill Road Allotment Open Day

Saturday 11th September

Heritage Open Days Hill Road Allotment

Times:

Tour: 14:00


Booking:

Booking via www.eventbrite.co.uk


Venue:

Hill Road Community Allotments, Chelmsford CM2 6HE


Info:

There are 70 different plots on the allotment at Hill Road but this year has been particularly challenging in my experience. We will only wander along to see 20+ individual private allotments and anyone interested in renting a plot will need to apply to Chelmsford City Council (there may be a waiting list).

We hope to be able to offer tasters of some produce on the day, subject to availability.

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In Search of Apples

Saturday 11th September (Day 2)


Info:

See Sep 10


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Springfield Lyons Bronze Age Site (Tours)

Saturday 11th September (10:00 - 16:00) (Day 1)

Heritage Open Days Springfield Lyons Bronze Age

Times:

Tours: 11:00, 13:00 & 15:00


Booking:

Sep 11th - 11am: Booking via www.eventbrite.co.uk

Sep 11th - 1pm: Booking via www.eventbrite.co.uk

Sep 11th - 3pm: Booking via www.eventbrite.co.uk

Sep 12th - 11am: Booking via www.eventbrite.co.uk

Sep 12th - 1pm: Booking via www.eventbrite.co.uk

Sep 12th - 3pm: Booking via www.eventbrite.co.uk

Sep 18th - 11am: Booking via www.eventbrite.co.uk

Sep 18th - 1pm: Booking via www.eventbrite.co.uk

Sep 18th - 3pm: Booking via www.eventbrite.co.uk

Sep 19th - 11am: Booking via www.eventbrite.co.uk

Sep 19th - 1pm: Booking via www.eventbrite.co.uk

Sep 19th - 3pm: Booking via www.eventbrite.co.uk


Venue:

Springfield Lyons Bronze Age Enclosure, North-east of Chelmer Village Way, Chelmsford, CM2 5AR


Info:

This event is a fantastic opportunity to explore one of the forgotten gems of Chelmsford’s history, a Bronze Age enclosure used as the home of an important chief around 850BC.

With the help of local historian Alex Marshall, visitors will learn what life was like in this special corner of prehistoric Chelmsford, when swords were forged, strange rituals were carried out and the land was used as a cemetery.

Park in Richmond Road Park, walk back to the roundabout, turn right and cross the Chelmer Village Way, walk past the nursery, past the bus stop and the entrance is on the left.

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Marconi Walk Video

Saturday 11th September

Heritage Open Days Marconi Hall Street

Times:

10:00


Booking:

Not required


Location:

CCS YouTube Channel


Info:

A virtual version of the walk from Alan Pamphilon, who guides us virtually through his Marconi history walk.

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Edible England: What a (Lot Of) Waste

Sunday 12th September (Day 3)


Info:

See Sept 10

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In Search of Apples

Sunday 12th September (Day 3)


Info:

See Sep 10


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Pleshey Castle - Guided Tours

Sunday 12th September (14:00 - 17:00)

Heritage Open Days Pleshey Castle

Times:

Tours: 14:00, 15:00 & 16:00


Booking:

2pm: Booking via www.eventbrite.co.uk
FULLY BOOKED

3pm: Booking via www.eventbrite.co.uk
FULLY BOOKED

3pm: Booking via www.eventbrite.co.uk
FULLY BOOKED


Venue:

Pump Lane, The Street, Pleshley, CM3 1HF


Info:

Pleshey Castle is a wonderful surviving example of a Norman motte-and-bailey castle with earthworks set in beautiful Essex countryside. Nick Wickenden, formerly of Chelmsford Museum, will be your guide.

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'Researching the Past To Inform the Future' Talk - Writtle Talk Video

Sunday 12th September

Heritage Open Days Chelmsford Writtle Uni College

Times:

10:00


Booking:

Not required


Location:

CCS YouTube Channel


Info:

A recording of the talk from the opening day of this years Heritage Open Days for those who could not make the live talk.

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Edible England: What a (Lot Of) Waste

Monday 13th September (Day 4)


Info:

See Sept 10

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Springfield Lyons Bronze Age Site (Tours)

Sunday 12th September (10:00 - 16:00) (Day 2)


Info:

See Sep 11


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Collaborative Portrait Project

Monday 13th September (Day 1)

Also on Monday 20th September (Day 2)

Heritage Open Days Portrait Project

Times:

All week


Booking:

Not required


Venue:

Online


Info:

For each week a group of artists on the theme of Edible England will create portraits of a local market stall holder and a local chef. These will then be combined into a unique multi-artists portrait.

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Cathedral Tours Video

Monday 13th September

Heritage Open Days Chelmsford Cathedral Tours

Times:

10:00


Booking:

Not required


Location:

CCS YouTube Channel


Info:

The Dean of Chelmsford Cathedral takes heritage to new heights on this virtual tour of Chelmsford Cathedral.

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Edible England: What a (Lot Of) Waste

Tuesday 14th September (Day 5)


Info:

See Sept 10

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Galleywood Heritage Centre Walk – Uncover the Uncommon Story of Galleywood Common

Tuesday 14th September (10:00 - 15:00)

Heritage Open Days Galleywood Heritage Centre

Times:

Tours: 10:30 & 13:30


Booking:

10:30: Booking via www.eventbrite.co.uk

13:30: Booking via www.eventbrite.co.uk


Venue:

Galleywood Heritage Centre, Galleywood Common, Off Margaretting Rd, Galleywood, Chelmsford CM2 8TR


Info:

A guided historical walk around Galleywood Common with stops and interpretations of various points of interest. The walk of about 1 & ½ miles will last around 90 minutes and will start and finish at the centre.

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Tours of the Mayoral Parlour

Tuesday 14th September (Day 1)

Heritage Open Days Chelmsford Mayoral Parlour

Times:

14th Sep Tour: 14:00
CANCELLED

16th Sep Tour: 17:00
CANCELLED

17th Sep Tour: 10:30


Booking:

14th Sep: Booking via www.eventbrite.co.uk
CANCELLED

16th Sep: Booking via www.eventbrite.co.uk
CANCELLED

17th Sep: Booking via www.eventbrite.co.uk


Venue:

Civic Centre, Duke Street, Chelmsford, CM1 1JE


Info:

An opportunity to meet the Mayor of Chelmsford and to learn about her civic role, the events she attends and to see the Mayoral regalia.

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Danbury Delights - Cooking At the Palace

Tuesday 14th September

Heritage Open Days Chelmsford Danbury Delights

Times:

10:00


Booking:

Not required


Location:

CCS YouTube Channel


Info:

Exploring the edible connections between a knight buried in St John the Baptist Church in Danbury, the local mills, and an infamous incident at a horticultural show.

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Edible England: What a (Lot Of) Waste

Wednesday 15th September (Day 6)


Info:

See Sept 10

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Marconi Ponds Nature Reserve

Wednesday 15th September

Heritage Open Days Chelmsford Marconi Ponds Nature Reserve

Times:

10:00


Booking:

Not required


Venue:

CCS YouTube Channel


Info:

A chance to view this site and hear about its uses in the past and how it is being cared for today. This video highlights the fantastic work a group of local volunteers have been able to achieve.

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Edible England: What a (Lot Of) Waste

Thursday 16th September (Day 7)


Info:

See Sept 10

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Tours of the Mayoral Parlour

Thursday 16th September (Day 1)
CANCELLED


Info:

See Sep 14

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Essex Queens of Crime

Thursday 16th September

Heritage Open Days Essex Queens of Crime

Times:

Performance: 19:30 - 20:30


Booking:

Booking via www.eventbrite.co.uk


Venue:

Cramphorn Theatre, Fairfield Road, Chelmsford, CM1 1JG


Info:

Fact, Fiction and ‘Fact-ion’: New Woman, Old Prejudices: Queens of Crime Helena Normanton, Dorothy L Sayers and Edith Thompson.

A lecture by Dr Vivien Newman. Three women with Essex links who played a pivotal role in life in the 1920s and beyond.

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Brewery Tours Video

Thursday 16th September

Heritage Open Days Chelmsford Brewery Tours

Times:

10:00


Booking:

Not required


Venue:

CCS YouTube Channel


Info:

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Edible England: What a (Lot Of) Waste

Friday 17th September (Day 8)


Info:

See Sept 10

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Tours of the Chelmsford Brewing Company

Friday 17th September (10:00 - 13:00) (Day 2)


Info:

See Sept 10

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Tours of the Mayoral Parlour

Friday 17th September (Day 1)


Info:

See Sep 14

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Edible England – Free Art Friday

Friday 17th September

Heritage Open Days Chelmsford Free Art Friday

Times:

10:00 - 16:00


Booking:

Not required


Venue:

All over Chelmsford, but mainly in Central Park


Info:

Chelmsford Creative Collective aim to brighten your day and share 'Free Art' all over Chelmsford.

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Market Stall Fibre Arts and Vegetable People

Friday 17th September (Day 1)

Heritage Open Days Chelmsford Market Stall Fibre Arts and Vegetable People

Times:

10:00 - 16:00


Booking:

Not required


Venue:

Chelmsford Market, Bellmead, Chelmsford CM1 1LE


Info:

Fibre artists (knitting, crochet, felt, needlefelt, sewing etc) will be invited to create food and vegetables for an allotment themed installation.

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Great Baddow Brownies Grow Their Own!

Friday 17th September

Heritage Open Days Chelmsford Brownies Grow Their Own

Times:

10:00


Booking:

Not required


Venue:

CCS YouTube Channel


Info:

Girls from 4th and 5th Great Baddow Brownies have taken over two raised beds at a local community allotment to enable them to work on their 'Grow your Own' Girlguiding interest badge. See how they have got on.

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Edible England: What a (Lot Of) Waste

Saturday 18th September (Day 9)


Info:

See Sept 10

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Springfield Lyons Bronze Age Site (Tours)

Saturday 18th September (10:00 - 16:00) (Day 3)


Info:

See Sep 11


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Market Stall Fibre Arts and Vegetable People

Saturday 18th September (Day 2)


Info:

See Sep 17


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Girlguiding Rainbows Fruit and Vegetable Models

Saturday 18th September

Heritage Open Days Chelmsford Rainbows Fruit and Veg

Times:

10:00 - 16:00


Booking:

Not required


Venue:

Chelmsford Market, Bellmead, Chelmsford CM1 1LE


Info:

Girls from local Girlguiding Rainbow units have been working on their fruit and veg interest badge, part of the badge syllabus is to make their own models using fruit and vegetables - come and see their creations!

A local historian will give a talk on the history of the Chelmsford Market.

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Drawing Trail

Saturday 18th September

Heritage Open Days Chelmsford Drawing Trail

Times:

14:00 - 16:30


Booking:

Not required


Venue:

Chelmsford Market, Bellmead, Chelmsford CM1 1LE


Info:

Meet up with the Drink and Draw regulars to join the Edible England Crawl and Draw. We will wander a carefully thought-out route to sketch anything food related in support of Heritage Open Days 2021.

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St John's Church Moulsham Street

Saturday 18th September

Heritage Open Days Chelmsford St John's Church

Times:

10:00 - 16:00


Booking:

Not required


Venue:

Church of St John the Evangelist, Moulsham Street, CM2 0JD


Info:

A free guide sheet to highlight key features of the church building as visitors walk round, information about the organ and current restoration work, information about the stained glass windows a childrens' quiz of things to look for in the church, displays of old church documents and photographs. People will be on hand to assist & refreshments will be available in the lounge.

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Cathedral Tours

Saturday 18th September

Heritage Open Days Chelmsford Cathedral Tours

Times:

Tour: 09:00 - 11:30


Booking:

Booking via www.eventbrite.co.uk
FULLY BOOKED


Venue:

Chelmsford Cathedral, New Street, Chelmsford CM1 1TY


Info:

A 90 minute tour of the Cathedral lead by our guide, featuring the history and purpose of the building from medieval times to the present day.

Chelmsford Cathedral stands at the heart of the city, but as you enter the building you notice immediately a sense of peace amidst the bustle of city life. It is also unexpectedly light and bright. This iconic building is set among beautiful grounds which are enjoyed by many on a daily basis.

What can you expect to see during your visit? The tours will include a commentary on how the building has encountered changes over time and you will also hear how today there are many different forms of artwork that are displayed inside the Cathedral.

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Within These Walls - NLR Cemetery

Saturday 18th September

Heritage Open Days Chelmsford NLR Cemetery

Times:

10:00


Booking:

Booking via www.eventbrite.co.uk


Venue:

CCS YouTube Channel


Info:

A new video for 2021, Doug talks about the history of the Non-Conformist cemetery in New London Road along with some of its well known local residents from Chelmsford’s past.

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Edible England: What a (Lot Of) Waste

Sunday 19th September (Day 10)


Info:

See Sept 10

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Springfield Lyons Bronze Age Site (Tours)

Sunday 19th September (10:00 - 16:00) (Day 4)


Info:

See Sep 11


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Hylands House and Estate – Open Day

Sunday 19th September

Heritage Open Days Chelmsford Hylands House Open Day

Times:

10:00 - 16:00


Booking:

Not required


Venue:

Hylands House, London Road, Chelmsford, CM2 8WQ


Info:

Hylands House opens its doors, free of charge, to reveal the secrets behind its history. The Estate Farmers’ & Craft Market will be open with many stalls for you to browse and purchase handmade goods and tasty treats, and our artists studios will also be open for bespoke and unique creations.

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Meet the Green Machines

Sunday 19th September

Heritage Open Days Chelmsford Meet the Green Machines

Times:

10:00 - 16:00


Booking:

Pre-book at the information point


Venue:

The field behind the Bell pub, Woodham Ferrers CM3 8RF


Info:

Come and meet the members of Essex Historic Military Vehicle Association and see their display of vehicles and equipment. Maybe even take a tour behind the scenes?

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'Essex Queens of Crime' Video

Sunday 19th September

Heritage Open Days Chelmsford Queens of Crime

Times:

10:00


Booking:

Not required


Venue:

CCS YouTube Channel


Info:

A recording of the 'Essex Queens of Crime' talk from earlier in the week for those who could not make the live talk.

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