The archives, held in the Heritage Room, are managed by the Heritage Group and include information on the history of St Michael’s Church, the Napoleonic defences, the racecourse and golf course and information on many local families and events that have happened in the village.
There is a vast photographic archive, much of which can be searched on computer. Transcriptions of St Michael’s parish records are also searchable.
Enquiries are welcome and help is available. Visit our archive groups website to find information not only on Galleywood war casualties but also brief items of local history to illustrate the contents of our archives. The site also gives information about talks and other events of interest at the centre.
Regular displays on items of local interest can be seen in the Heritage Room, the next display during June and July will show some snippets from the Ron White archive, and in August there will be a repeat of the popular Galleywood Carnival Display
In the Main Hall Malcolm Stuart will be giving a talk on “Bringing the Roads to Chelmsford”. Part One is Tuesday 21st May and Part Two is 25thJune, both begin at 1.30pm and the charge is £2 in aid of the Centre.
On 9th July 2013 we will be hosting a "Tribute to Gerry", to remember Gerry Madder-Smith, a long-term resident and great artist who sadly died recently. We hope to celebrate his life and his work. If you knew him, please come along. If you have any of his pictures or any tales about him, please let us know. We have his sketch book--copies of pencil drawings he did of Galleywood which he kindly donated to us, and one of these hangs in the Main Hall.
This Tribute will be from 1.30 pm at the Heritage Centre on 9th July.
On August Bank Holiday Monday there will be a Pirate Treasure Hunt on the Common, beginning at the Heritage Centre. More details later, but book the date!!
A complete programme of displays for 2013 is available at HR Programme Jan 2013
Please note that Walk & Talk events, booked by groups to learn about the Common, are also available to individuals who would like to join these groups.
If anyone is interested in joining one of these groups, please contact Phil Walters on 01245 473191 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Dates currently booked for Walk & Talks are as follows;
The Heritage Room is open to visitors on Tuesdays 1.30-3.30pm and Sundays 11.00am -1.00pm and at other times by prior arrangement. Contact Wendy at email@example.com for further details.
The dedication of this memorial took place on Sunday 16th May 2010 at the Keene Hall. Brief stories of all 43 casualties recorded on the memorial can be viewed at the Galleywood Heritage Centre - Heritage Room by prior appointment.