Essex Lights – A History Club Talk

Essex Lights – Guiding Seafarers

Essex Lights featuring image of the Dovercourt Low lighthouse

The next Local History Group meeting will learn about Essex Lights of which there are many. From Harwich, down the coast and into the Thames Estuary. Peter Jones will be presenting the history of these Lighthouses in the Orpen Hall on Wednesday 14th September at 7:30 pm.

Members cost is £2 and non-members £4 which includes refreshments.

Other talks coming up inlcude:

  • Steve Pollington talking about Sutton Hoo, and
  • Norman Jacobs on the topic of Colchester 1880-1980.

Spring & Summer Events

The Group’s last meeting in Orpen Hall on April 13th, was to hear about the history of the Minories in Colchester. This Grade II listed building is believed to have been built in the Tudor period but with subsequent modifications, in mid-18th century, turning it into the elegant Georgian building you see today.

The Minories

Summer Outings

The History Group visited three museums this summer at Harwich, Little Tey and Brightlingsea.

The Harwich Society welcomed the History Group in May. They told the group about the founding of this new museum, opened in the summer of 2021, and gave a guide on the many diverse subjects the exhibits cover. After a look at the displays, the group refreshed themselves at the café. Well worth visiting.

Brightlingsea Museum sign

Little Tey was their destination in June to revisit Alan and Pauline Mattins “Bygones” museum. They found many objects that brought back memories of past years and enjoyed as always the great hospitality. Always a pleasure to visit.

Brightlingsea was the next outing to see their museum, which is now housed in new premises. This “new” museum has many exhibits in a comparatively small space but is very well presented and the group very much enjoyed it.

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