Bookings for February’s Essex History Group talks are now open. Admission to these talks will be at the new price of £5 and, as ever, all proceeds will support the work of the Essex Record Office in preserving our county’s documentary heritage.
The first of our January talks is now fully booked, but there are still some places left for the second talk – you will find details and a link to book below.
‘Where Golden Happiness Begins’? Silver End Utopia and the Britain’s Interwar Malaise
Speaker: Adam McKie
The village of Silver End in north Essex is regrettably rarely mentioned by historians, but in many ways encapsulates the troubles and idealism of interwar Britain. The end of hostilities in November 1918 brought with it a fear of revolution and violence which centred on the nation’s evolving relationship with capitalism. Silver End was the Crittall Manufacturing Company’s self-conscious attempt to rectify the major ills in society and build a ‘modern utopia’, but this vision was never passively absorbed by its residents and the village quickly developed its own socialist identity in opposition to its original vision. This paper will explore the context, construction and development of this unique village between 1926 and 1939.
Please book in advance then pay the £5 admission fee on the door.
Tuesday 5 February, 10.30am-12.00noon
Tuesday 12 February, 10.30am-12.00noon
The Women Who Flew for Hitler
Speaker: Clare Mulley
Clare’s book The Women Who Flew for Hitler tells the extraordinary story of the two female test pilots who served Nazi Germany, yet who ended their lives on opposite sides of history. Brilliant pilot Hanna Reitsch was the world’s first woman to fly a helicopter, and later tested rocket planes, and even a manned version of the V1 flying bomb or doodlebug missile. A fanatical Nazi, in the last days of the war she begged Hitler to let her fly him to safety from Berlin. Her nemesis, Melitta von Stauffenberg, test pilot for the Stuka dive bombers and exceptional aeronautical engineer, was part Jewish and secretly supported the most famous attempt on Hitler’s life. Copies of The Women Who Flew for Hitler will be available for sale.
Please book in advance then pay the £3 admission fee on the door
Tuesday 15 January, 10.30am-12.00noon