The Essex Society for Archaeology and History is the county’s major society for those interested in any aspect of the past. To be a member is to join a long line of enthusiasts dating back to the 40 or so who met at the old Town Hall, Colchester in 1852 to form a society (then called the Essex Archaeological Society) “for the purpose of reading papers, exhibiting antiquities, discussions etc.”
The Society’s record is a proud one. The collection formed by the early members of the Society formed the basis of the Castle Museum, Colchester. Distinguished past Presidents have included John Horace Round, the great mediaeval historian, and Francis Galpin, the leading authority on the history of music and musical instruments Well over 10,000 pages of reports have been published on archaeological sites and numerous aspects of the County’s history.
Today the Society offers its members: