The Curator’s Blog
Chrishall Archive Group are interested in promoting and preserving the history of Chrishall and its locality for the enjoyment of current and future generations. This is done via the website, the Archive at the Pavilion and via local events.
You can view the Chrishall Archive Group Constitution here.
Read more about the aims of the group and current projects here.
The old photographs in our collection are much admired and now you can own some of your own copies - or send them to friends. We have a lovely collection of five postcards depicting old scenes of the village and one modern beautiful Springtime image of the church. ...read more
As you may know from the last newsletter - (sign up for your copy here if you currently miss out!) - I was hoping to do an advent calendar on the website again this year but other things have got in the way and I have not had time to put all the articles together. So...read more
Thank you to everyone who supported the events to commemorate World War 1 that we held at the Archive in November. Thank you to our many visitors, people who loaned items for the display, gave us items for the Archive, came to the talk and supported us by...read more
If you are a Facebook user you might be interested in the Saffron Walden 'Blast from the Past' group which has a real treasure trove of images and information from Saffron Walden and surrounding villages. It is a public group so you should be able to view the posts...read more
This summer's project for Chrishall Archive is Through the Keyhole We want to find out who lived where in Chrishall. With approximately 250 homes and at least 500 years of history we felt that this was a project that offered plenty of scope!! On a more serious note,...read more
The boy with the birds continues to fascinate Just over a year ago I wrote about a picture of the boy with the birds. This was around the time when we found the photographs that turned out to be (we think) the Mallow family from Hamlet House, Pond Street near...read more
One of the, many, fun things about this process of setting up the Archive and working through the collections is that you never know what you might find. Every time I enter the Archive and pick up a folder to flick through, something new catches my eye. ...read more
CHRISHALL ARCHIVE GROUP PRESENTS The Inaugural Irene Cranwell Memorial Lecture A talk by Kevin Swann THE TRACTION ENGINES OF DRAGE AND KENT, CHRISHALL 8pm Wednesday 4th October 2017 at Chrishall Village Hall (South Hall) Tickets on the door: £3...read more
I have had such a fun morning. A little while ago I was handed a box of glass plates which had been found many, many years ago when a local house was being cleared. These were glass plate negatives of photographs and contained pictures of family groups as well as...read more
Before the Archive we have today, Chrishall Museum was housed in a large site caravan and for a while was actually mobile! This mobile museum travelled round the county visiting shows at Wimpole Hall and Radio Cambridgeshire. It was immensely difficult taking a very...read more
The weather kept dry, just about, on Sunday 25th June 2017 when the official opening of the Chrishall Pavilion community building took place. The whole building was looking very spick and span and decked out with flowers and bunting to celebrate the day. Teas and...read more
The Archive will be open for you to visit from Monday 1st May 2017 Last weekend was spent starting to move in some of the files, folders, books, CDs and tapes that make up most of the Archive collection. This will all be sorted gradually over the coming weeks and...read more
The new Chrishall Archive at the Pavilion is progressing well and should be open soon. We hear the official date for the opening of the new facilities at the pavilion is to be the first May bank holiday, Monday 1st May. More details will be available nearer the...read more
Chrishall Archive Group is a group of individuals who are interested in researching and preserving the village history. The first official meeting of CAG was Thursday 3rd November 2016. However there had been informal meetings before that to share village stories and...read more