About Us: The Society

Overall aim

To stimulate public interest in and appreciation and care of, the history, appearance and character of Chelmsford.

What we do:


There have been many since the foundation of the Society over 50 years ago. These have included the saving of Hylands House and the preservation of Bell Meadow as a public amenity. We have sought to influence the restoration of the Heritage Triangle: The Anne Knight Building, Marconi offices in New Street and Shire Hall.

Our current priorities are:

  • With Marconi Heritage groups on an exhibition and programme of talk. Working towards a permanent home for the Marconi collection.
  • Chelmsford Remembers Heritage Lottery Fund project on the First World War.
  • Heritage Open Days: commissioned by the City Council.
  • Working with Essex County Council, the City Council and Aquila on the restoration and future use of Shire Hall.
  • Collaborating with Abellio on representations of Chelmsford’s history and communities in the new station concourse.
  • Promoting use of Chelmsford’s waterways.
  • Collaborating with the Ideas Hub.

Our programme for members and guests runs monthly: along with events running during the Ideas Festival October to November each year).

Executive Committee

This is elected each year at the AGM.
The current members are:

  • Malcolm Noble - Chairman
  • Eddie Cassels - Treasurer
  • Pamela Swaby - Membership Officer
  • Rica Gavina and Paul Mclean - Communications and Social Media
  • John Hammond - Planning Officer
  • Jennifer Webb - Committee member.
  • Trevor Nunn - Committee member.
  • Doug Zeeman - Committee member.
  • Alan Pamphilon - Heritage Open Days
  • Councillor Roy Whitehead – Auditor