Chelmsford Civic Society

Chelmsford Civic Society stimulates public interest in, and appreciation and care of, the history, appearance and character of Chelmsford.


Since its foundation over 50 years ago, Chelmsford Civic Society have embarked on a number of exciting and change-making projects. From the saving of Hylands House and the preservation of Bell Meadow as a public amenity, to influencing the restoration of the Heritage Triangle, to the running of the city’s Heritage Open Days.

Pam Swaby, Chris Neale and Ros Webb organised 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.

Members of the Civic Society were instrumental in organising Marconi-related events as part of Essex 2020 in this special Dame Nellie Melba broadcast centenary year.

Other priorities of the Society include:

  • Chelmsford Remembers – A Heritage Lottery funded project to record and reflect on resident’s memories of the First World War
  • The organisation and coordination of Chelmsford Heritage Open Days each year
  • 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
  • Collaborating with the Ideas Hub
  • Promoting use of Chelmsford’s waterways

Chelmsford Civic Society always welcomes new members. Benefits include a programme of events and outings to interesting places. To enquire about membership please contact