Mindful of Chelmsford's Heritage and Shaping Its Future

The aims of Chelmsford Civic Society is to stimulate public interest in, and appreciation and care of, the history, appearance and character of Chelmsford.

  • The preservation of buildings
  • History and architecture
  • River banks, parks and trees
  • Future planning and land use
  • Transport, road and car parking
  • Recycling and litter disposal
  • Passionate about matters of historical interest and planning matters?

We hold a members’ meeting monthly during the year except July and August. If you would like to join, please contact us.

The Society’s Team

We put the Society’s programme together and report to the AGM in March each year. There are six of us:

  • Malcolm Noble is the chairman
  • Eddie Cassels is Treasurer
  • Rica Gavina manages our presence on social media
  • John Hammond leads on Planning
  • Paul Mclean looks after the website
  • Trevor Nunn manages the speaker programme
  • Pam Swaby is Membership secretary
  • Jennifer Webb is a committee member
  • Doug Zeeman is a committee member

We work closely with Edith Miller, Ideas Hub Manager and Alan Pamphilon organiser for Heritage Open Days.


  • We have promoted the ‘Marconi Brand’ as the right image for a successful city, with a history of innovation like Chelmsford. We were at the forefront of the campaign to keep the ‘Chelmsford Birthplace of Radio’ on the city signs.
  • Pam Swaby, Chris Neale and Ros Webb organised our ‘flagship’ events in 2016 and 2017. These were the ‘Marconi Building the Wireless Age’ exhibition and talks programme, held in the original Marconi Factory In Hall Street; and the ‘Titanic Honour and Glory Exhibition’ in Bond Street. In both cases it was good to have so many volunteers to help out: including John Lewis staff in Bond Street.
  • The City Council commissions the Society to organise and run Chelmsford’s Heritage Open Days Event and it is growing fast. This year 2219 people visited 30 sites.
  • A central concern has been securing the restoration of the Heritage Triangle: the Anne Knight Building opposite the station; the Marconi 1912 offices in New Street; and Shire Hall.

Chelmsford Remembers

  • We were awarded £10,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund for our ‘Chelmsford Remembers’ project on the First World War. This was supported by the High Chelmer Shopping Centre and also involved a collaboration with the Essex Record Office. We are planning now for the Armistice Centenary in 2018.
  • Our Somme 100 event in2016 involved a showing of the 1916 film, while listening to original music played by the Cambridge Concert Orchestra. Laura Rossi, the composer was present and addressed the audience in the cathedral.

Programme of Talks

These have included Dr Paul Rusiecki and Jonathan Swan on the First World War; Andy Begent on the Second World War; Tim Wander on Marconi and, separately, on the Titanic; our own Stephen Norris on the Hoffmann Factory and, separately, on his history of Chelmsford; Jamie Hacker Hughes, Anglia Ruskin University, on Mental Health; Simon Burns MP; Councillors Neil Gulliver, Cabinet Member and Roy Whitehead, Leader; Vikki Heywood, National Chair of the Royal Society of Arts; and the Very Reverend Nicholas Henshall, Dean of Chelmsford.

Our forthcoming newsletter will contain details of our 2019 programme.


Numbers are growing, slowly. We need more members: the rate is still £10pa.

If you do and wish to contribute and join a programme of outings to interesting places then please contact us to join or download the application form below.

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Chelmsford Civic Society is a registered charity No: 271779

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Membership Details
  • Individual:- £10
  • Two adults at the same address:- £15
  • Child under 18:- £5

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