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Lectures

Time & Location of Lectures

All lectures take place on Tuesdays at 7.30 pm at Lion Walk Church Colchester CO1 1LX which is located directly opposite Boots and New Look; and between River Island and Costa coffee.  View the map

NO NEED TO BOOK – JUST TURN UP!  No tickets needed; simply pay on arrival.

Lion Walk Church

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Lecture Admission Prices

Admission price per lecture: £2 (members), £4 (non-members) or by season ticket.

To become a member please complete a form on our membership page.

For further information about our lectures please contact Joy Hopkinson, Programme Secretary, at joyhopkinson1010@gmail.com

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2024 Lecture Series

April 9th Colchester Non- Conformists: Seven Hundred Years of Awkward Colcestrians
Ray Cantrell will explore events, both horrifying and humorous, associated with people
and places in Colchester…

April 23rd ‘Theatre in Colchester – lost but not forgotten’
Colchester has always been a centre of excellence in the theatre and entertainment worlds…

May 7th ‘The history of bell ringing and the bells of Colchester churches’
We are lucky in Colchester to have some churches with wonderful bells that are still rung frequently…

May 21st ‘Boudica: Myth and Legend’
Richard Bale has a lifelong interest in the Romans, studying them at university and then
working in the ‘field’ for many years…

June 4th ‘Colchester Voices: Wartime Memories of D-Day and Beyond’
Patrick Denney is well known to us as a past Chair of the Friends and a local historian and author…

June 18th and September 3rd: Colchester Medical Society 250th
Anniversary
Colchester Medical Society was established in 1774, so this year celebrates their 250th
anniversary…

July 2nd ‘The Taylor Maids’
Peter Jones has given many fascinating talks to the Friends on a wide range of subjects…

September 3rd: Colchester Medical Society 250th Anniversary (ii)

September 17th ‘The life of Charles Haddon Spurgeon: Preacher and Teacher’
Peter Tervet has conducted extensive research into the life of Charles Haddon Spurgeon, a most influential Baptist preacher during the 1800s…

October 1st ‘The Braintree hoard and late Saxon Essex’
A rare and historically important hoard of Anglo-Saxon coins was recently discovered at a site in North-East Essex, near to Braintree…

‘October 15th The Cinque Port of Brightlingsea: Blessing of the Waters’
Roger Tabor is a well-known biologist and naturalist who has presented many natural
history programmes on television…

October 29th: The Mark Davies Memorial lecture
Details to be confirmed

Read more about these in the latest newsletter in our Archive section.

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The Friends of Colchester Museums have an impressive history of lectures.  You can see the lectures from 2018 below.  You can also visit a complete list of our previous lectures from 2008 in our Archive section.

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Previous Lectures

2023 Series

31 Oct – WHEN PAXMAN WENT BUST – The Mark Davies Memorial Lecture by Andrew Phillips.

11 April UNDER SEIGE Colchester and the Civil War – Cllr Prof Pam Cox

25 April COLCHESTER ROYAL GRAMMAR SCH POOL Colchester’s biggest war memorial! – Dr Paul Byrne

9 May THE LOW COUNTRIES TO NEW HALL AND BEYOND A history of the Canonesses who now live in Chelmsford and Colchester – Sr Moira O’Sullivan and Sr Margaret Mary Horton

23 May THE GREAT ESSEX EARTHQUAKE 1884 When panic and destruction swept across n. Essex – Peter Jones

6 June THE ESSEX INDUSTRIAL SCHOOL The Chelmsford institution for desolate boys founded 1872 – Emma Palmer

20 June (AGM and) OLD HEATH Ancient port and modern suburb of Colchester – Patrick Denney

4 July THE JOURNEY TO A NEW MUSEUM FOR BRIGHTLINGSEA A curator’s view – Margaret Stone

 5 Sept FRINTON & WALTON HERITAGE TRUST Its future plans and new Heritage Centre – John Barter

19 Sept – THE TOWN WATCH – by Town Watch

3 Oct – THE ART IN THE TOWN HALL – An insight into this rich collection by Philip Wise

17 Oct – COLCHESTER BETWEEN THE WARS – continued from the 2022 lecture by Paul Rusieki

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2022 Series

12th April ESSEX ROCK Geology beneath the landscape – Ian and Ros Mercer

 26th April THE RISE OF MODERN COLCHESTER 1940-1990 – Andrew Phillips 

 10th May SCENES PAST A History of Photography in North Essex – Chris Farndell 

 24th May FRIENDS TO THE RESCUE – 25 years of acquisitions for the Museums – Philip Wise 

 7th June THE CALM BEFORE THE STORM Colchester 1938-1939 – Paul Rusiecki

 21st June A BRIEF HISTORY OF 45 COLCHESTER SCHOOLS – Sir Bob Russell

 6th Sept COLCHESTER IN THE 20th CENTURY – Colchester Film Makers  THE LOST CITY OF DUNWICH – Mark Mitchels

20th Sept COLCHESTER CEMETERY – Sharon Mooney

 4th Oct ESSEX LIGHTHOUSES Maritime Safety off the East Coast of England – Peter Jones

 18th Oct THE HISTORY OF ST LEONARDS AT THE HYTHE The rise and fall of one of Colchester’s finest medieval churches – Joy Hopkinson

 1st Nov THE CHANGING FACE OF ORDNANCE SURVEY ONE INCH MAPS OF ESSEX – Peter Walker

15th Nov MONEY TALKS British history and daily life seen through coins – Tom Hodgson

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Previous Lectures Continued…

2021 Autumn Series 

(Lectures still on Zoom – some available to revisit)

Fee: £2 per computer to view; £10 for all 6 lectures

6th September THE GENTEEL CLASS OF GEORGIAN COLCHESTER and their homes – Patrick Denney

20th September MEDIEVAL COLCHESTER: EVIDENCE FROM WILLS – Sue Howlett

4th October REVIVING GAINSBOROUGH’S HOUSE – Emma Boyd Please note: now 11th October

18th October THE HISTORY OF PERRYWOODS – Hannah Powell

1st November THE CORNER SHOP KILLINGS OF 1919 – Paul Stickler

15th November SUTTON HOO – Laura Howarth

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2021 Spring Series

(Lectures were delivered by Zoom)

12th April ROMAN PUBLIC BATHS and TOWN HOUSES – Adam Wightman

26th April MUSEUMS FROM YOUR ARMCHAIR – Glynn Davis / Rory McDaid

10th May THE HISTORY OF BOXTED AIRFIELD -Richard Turner

24th May COLCHESTER’S INDUCTRIAL PAST – Peter Jones

7th June VICTORIAN DOCTORS – Jane Pearson

22nd June THE THAMES THROUGH TIME – Ian & Ros Mercer

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2020 Evening Series

Evenings 7.30pm; afternoons 2.30pm 

(All were postponed until 2021)

7th April ROMAN PUBLIC BATHS and TOWN HOUSES – Adam Wightman

21st April THE RISE AND RISE OF NEW TOWN – Andrew Phillips

5th May THE HISTORY OF BOXTED AIRFIELD – Richard Turner

19th May TOWARDS THE ABYSS – Colchester and WW2 – Paul Rusieki

2nd June CLACTON THEATRES & MEMORIES – Roger Kennell

16th June THE THAMES THROUGH TIME (preceded by AGM) – Ian & Ros Mercer

8th September THE GENTEEL CLASS OF GEORGIAN COLCHESTER and their homes – Patrick Denney

22nd September THE 1913 COLCHESTER TRAIN CRASH – Jim Connor

6th October COLCHESTER’S VICTORIAN DOCTORS – Dr Jane Pearson

20th October A BRIEF HISTORY OF 45 COLCHESTER SCHOOLS – Sir Bob Russell

3rd November CHRISTMAS IN MEDIAEVAL ESSEX – Kate Cole

17th November ROMAN ARE & ARCHITECTURE IN COLCHESTER – Mark Davies

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Previous Lectures Continued…

2020 Afternoon Series

16th April COLCHESTER CANNIBALS – Philip Lyons

14th May REVIVING AN ARTIST’S BIRTHPLACE – Emma Boyd

18th June FROM SALT TO SATELLITES – Peter Jones

17th September THE HISTORY OF PERRYWOODS – Alan Bourne

15th October SCENES PAST – history of photography in north Essex – Chris Farndell

12th November HISTORY OF THE MUSIC HALL – Brian Ford

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2019 Evening Series

9th April PAXMANS 1918-2018 – Andrew Phillips

23rd April PICTURES OF PETER FROSTE Architectural reconstruction paintings – Philip Crummy

7th May ADORN – the Castle’s 2019 exhibition – Glynn Davis

 16th May afternoon lecture 

21st May COLCHESTER AND THE GREAT FLU PANDEMIC of 1918-1919 – Dr Paul Rusiecki

4th June HISTORY OF CASTLE PARK – Jenny Jones

13th June afternoon lecture 

18th June AGM followed by WIND & WATER A brief history of milling – Peter Jones

 3rd September PORTRAIT OF VICTORIAN COLCHESTER – Patrick Denney

 17th September MALDON SALT WORKS history of Blackwater’s salt extraction – David Newman

 1st October HISTORY OF THE AVENUE & LEXDEN – Dr Fab Casale

 15th October THAMES THROUGH TIME River Thames in North Essex – Ian & Ros Mercer

 29th October THE TRUE HISTORY OF TYMPERLEYS – Mark Davies

12th November OYSTERS & OILSKINS clothes of Victorian East Coast Fishermen – Penny Youll and Jane Robinson

14th November afternoon lecture – see below

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2019 Afternoon Series

25th April BOURNE MILL nearly 1,000 years of history – Richard Scott & Simon Whitney

16th May PLUTO’S BELCH how ancient cultures explained earthquakes – Frances Boardman

13th June THE AVENUE OF REMEMBRANCE stories behind the bronze plaques on trees – Liz White

12th September COLCHESTER TRAMS – Peter Jones

17th October JUMBO – Then and Now – Brian Light

14th November COLCHESTER’S RIVER – Ray Cantrell

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Previous Lectures Continued…

2018 Series

ESSEX TOWNS AND VILLAGES   Patrick Denney

GROWING UP IN THE DUTCH QUARTER in the 50s & 60s  Roy Waters

COLCHESTER MILITARY HOSPITAL   Paul Byrne

FURTHER BARGING (more Essex coast voyages)   Jim Lawrence

A CONCRETE LEGACY IN THE UNDERPASSES (murals of Henry& Joyce Collins)   Katherine Wood

TRANSPORT OF DELIGHT – Colchester buses – civic pride in a century of service  Alan Skinner

LIFE AND TIMES OF THE EASTERN COUNTIES RAILWAY   Peter Jones

A WEALTH OF CASH (Colchester’s coin hoards)   Mark Davies

TOWN CRIER’S LIVERY – Robert Needham