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Fascinating Heritage Winter Talks Free to the Public

Published on Friday, 5th January 2018

Another series of the popular Heritage Winter Talks has been organised by Maldon District Council.

Each talk is free of charge to the public and take place at the Friends Meeting House, Butt Lane, Maldon, CM9 7HD. Doors open at 7pm for a 7.30pm start.

9th January 2018: Bronwen Cook – Coastal Trade and the Port of Maldon in the 16th and 17th Centuries.

Coastal trade frequently took place with no records, sometimes because of its low monetary value, or its clandestine nature. Fortunately, from 1565 many of the Port Books of The Exchequer, Queen’s Remembrancer have been preserved, providing a wealth of information on the activities of the small Port of Maldon, which this talk will explore.


6th February 2018: Clive Potter – Law, Order and Life with DORA in the Great War.

This talk will take a look at life on the Home Front during the Great War. As men left homes and jobs to join the forces those left behind, most of whom were women, had to take their places. There were shortages of everything on top of a huge demand to supply the armed forces. The Government introduced the Defence of the Realm Act (DORA) which allowed for draconian measures. The Great War changed life in Britain forever.


6th March 2018: John Smith – Maldon's Moot Halls, 1401 to Present Day: a Reinterpretation.

A fresh look is taken in this talk at the history of Maldon’s moot halls.   Surprising discoveries will be revealed and the resulting reinterpretation will challenge long-held beliefs.  This, in turn, will enrich and transform our understanding of both the present-day Moot Hall and its medieval predecessor, as well as the layout of the town’s medieval market place.   The talk throughout is profusely illustrated with prints, location photographs, plans, documents and portraits.


Councillor Penny Channer, Chairman of Planning and Licensing Committee said “These popular talks are a great way to learn more about our unique local history and heritage. They are free of charge and really engaging, I encourage you to come along and discover more about our intriguing part of the world.
These talks support the Council objectives to protect and enhance the Districts distinctive character and heritage assets by celebrating our rich history and fascinating built environment.”