The Group's Work
The team members, all of whom are volunteer researchers, come from a range of different backgrounds. Some have already published widely on local history topics while for others this is a relatively new and exciting venture, involving a steep learning curve. For all it has been a very rewarding experience, and we are all still learning. Research by the team has encompassed fieldwork, particularly an analysis of parish boundaries and their history; several visits to the National Archives particularly examining company records and Local Government Board archives and a seemingly constant presence at the Essex Record Office and Southend Library (The Forum), together with archives held by Southend Museum and the Leigh Society (Leigh Heritage Centre). Throughout, our work has been guided by the VCH County Editor, Dr Chris Thornton.
Publicity for our project, in the form of talks and exhibitions was being planned to take place during 2020, but for the foreseeable future we are relying on a 'virtual' presence. Hopefully, 2021, will see both publication and the ability to hold a book launch and other events.