The Essex Society for Archaeology & History
The Essex Society for Archaeology and History is one of the oldest societies of the County. The Society was initially formed as the Essex Archaeological Society "for the purpose of reading papers, exhibiting antiquities, discussions etc." It was to bring together those who share a common interest in Essex's past and wished to publish new discoveries on the archaeology and history of the county, put discoveries on display for the public via a museum, as well as support and encourage the interest of others in these topics.
The Society publishes news on County wide research and gives access to the ESAH Library collection hosted within the Essex University Library. We have a regular programme of excursions and events and, for over a decade, the Society has supported a groundbreaking project to record the original names of places in the Place-Names project. Most recently, the Society has broadened its umbrella to create a special focus on Industry and has also absorbed the responsibilities of the Essex Archaeological and Historical Congress.