Brentwood Museum

Upcoming talk

Monthly talks are held between October and May whilst the Museum is closed.

Monthly talks

Meetings are held in the Gwendoline Lewis Room at Shenfield Parish Hall.

Meetings start at 7:45pm and admission is £4.50.

(Brentwood Museum Society members free - Annual Membership is £18.00)

All are welcome!

Talks Programme 2019-2020

17 October 2019

Essex Diarists

Jef Page

21 November 2019

Village Signs

Keith Lovell

19 December 2019

Witchcraft in Essex

Margaret Mills

23 January 2020

D Day Diaries

Howard Moss

20 February 2020

History of Hutton Poplars

Doreen Buttleman

19 March 2020

A Walk Down the Strand

Brian Taylor

16 April 2020


followed by Brentwood: Brief Histories

John Fryer

21 May 2020

Retail: The Story Retold

Ann Hardy

Talks Programme 2018-2019

18 October 2018


Dennis Lynch

15 November 2018

Coppicing and Thriftwood

Bill Hindley

20 December 2018

CANCELLED due to ill health: Witchcraft in Essex by Margaret Mills

Now: Brentwood Histories on Audio Books

John Fryer

17 January 2019

The Silk Route

Anne and Grahame Rudkins

21 February 2019

Beatrix Potter

Dudley Chignall

21 March 2019

The Humorous Side of Police in the East End in the 1970s

Roy Tyzack

18 April 2019


followed by Bells

Bill Hindley

16 May 2019

CHANGED: Essex Diarists by Jef Page

NOW: Brentwood Histories on Audio Books II

John Fryer

Talks Programme 2017-2018

19 October 2017

The gunpowder plot

Bob Theobald

16 November 2017

What the Victorians did for Ilford

Jef Page

21 December 2107

Royal photographer at the Sun

Arthur Edwards

18 January 2018

Tales from the smithy

Roger Dorking

15 February 2018

How to enjoy art

Brian Kelleher

15 March 2018

Charles Dickens in his own words

Nick Dobson

19 April 2018


followed by Grat Warley Church and surroundings

Fiona Agassiz

17 May 2018

Ingatestone Hall, jewel in the crown of Essex

Margaret Mills

Talks Programme 2016-2017

20 October 2016


Tim Moorey

17 November 2016

Taking the Waters

Georgina Green

15 December 2016

Shakespeare the Man: 400 years after his death

William Tyler

19 January 2017

President Roosevelt

Jef Page

16 February 2017

Skeletons in their Cupboards- 2 Victorian novelists

Margaret Mills

16 March 2017

Remembering Britain in the Fifties

Nigel Dawson

20th April 2017

AGM then

7 Days after D Day- How one man’s live changed

Doris Kearns

18 May 2017

Upstairs Downstairs Lucky Dip

Marion Panzetta & Jackie Marshall-Ward

Talks Programme 2015-2016

15 October 2015

Battle of Waterloo

Graeme Cooper

19 November 2015

The Art of World War 1 (paintings)

Jef Page

17 December 2015

An End and a Beginning - Essex in 1945

William Tyler

21 January 2016

Tripe and Trotters

Brian Carline

18 February 2016

Florence Nightingale and Mary Seacole

Margaret Mills

17 March 2016

Sun Dials

Tim Kidd

21 April 2016 (AGM)

Six Years in Southern Rhodesia

Dorothy Delaney

19 May 2016

Stories from Old Local Newspapers

Pip Wright

Talks Programme 2014-2015

16 October 2014

A Rose by Any Other Name

-- a History of Surnames

Julian Whybro

20 November 2014

Battlefields of the Great War – a Pictorial Presentation

Major Graeme Cooper

18 December 2014

The Vikings are Coming to Essex

William Tyler

15 January 2015

Chateaux of the Loire

Bob Theobald

19 February 2015

Prince Albert

Margaret Mills

19 March 2015

Sickness and Health at Sea

Kevin Brown

16 April 2015

AGM followed by Behind the Scenes at the Museum

John Fryer

21 May 2015

Catch the Moment – an Evening of Images and Stories

John Allen

Talks Programme 2013-2014

17th October 2013

1908 Olympic Marathon - Greatest race of 20th century

Bob Wilcox

21 November 2013

The History of Dentistry

Roland Hopwood

19 December 2013

Rose & Thistle: 700 years of Anglo-Scottish relations

William Tyler

16 January 2014


Bob Theobald

20 February 2014

Havering Museum

Dennis Lynch

20 March 2014

The John Lewis Partnership

Peter Mayo

17 April 2014

AGM followed by Recollections of Bletchley

Mary Kenyon

15 May 2014

The Ancient Egyptian Language

Janet Brewer

Programme 2012-2013

18 Oct.2012

Great Warley

Fiona Agassiz

15 Nov.2012

History of merchant shipping

Cliff Cover

20 Dec.2012

Captain Scott: The last victorian hero

William Tyler

17 Jan.2013

Mighty Canadian Pacific Railway

Bob Theobald

21 Feb.2013

Central Asia and the Afghan railway system

David Brice

21 Mar.2013

Finding your public for a new author

John Allen

18 Apr.2013

AGM followed by Three years in Argentina

Dorothy Delaney

16 May.2013

Hi-de-hi. A nostalgic look back at Butlins Clacton

Norman Jacobs

Programme 2011-2012

20 Oct.2011


David Vroobel

17 Nov.2011

Voices from the Titanic

William Tyler

15 Dec.2011

Palace of Knightsbridge (Harrods)

Richard Furnival-Jones

19 Jan.2012

The Theatrical Costumier

Ann Harty

16 Feb.2012

The London Olympics 1908 - 1948 “Going for Gold”

William Tyler

15 Mar.2012

History of English Medieval Stained Glass

Nigel Swift

19 Apr.2012


followed by a talk on the History of Hutton by Mary Kenyon

17 May.2012

History of the Patent Office

Alan  Ablewhite

Programme 2010-2011

21 Oct.2010

A tangled romance: Edward VIII and Mrs Simpson

William Tyler

18 Nov.2010

Suffer the little children. Poor children in Essex in the 18th and 19th centuries.

Dr Jane Pearson

16 Dec.2010

Walthamstow village, a place of history

Peter Lawrence

20 Jan.2011

The life of Theodore Veale VC

Bob Thomas

17 Feb.2011

The Essex sound and video archive. Recordings covering the Brentwood area.

Martin Astell

17 Mar.2011

Cooking in the 17th century

Mrs Chris Brewster

21 Apr.2011


followed by a talk on World War II Posters by Roger Pye

19 May 2011

Textiles of the West Riding

Peter Brierley