Details of this year’s Essex Industrial Heritage Fair, run by the Essex Industrial Archaeology Group, to be held on the 1st October, have been announced. The venue is the Silver End Village Hall, CM8 3RQ. Silver End was conceived as a model industrial village by the industrialist Francis Henry Crittall, who established a Crittall Windows Ltd factory there to manufacture components for metal windows in the 1920s.
Entrance to the Industrial Heritage Fair is free, and there is on-street car parking throughout the village. Light refreshments will be provided by the W.I. during the event and there are food outlets at the adjacent parade of shops. As well as talks, in the morning there will be two guided walks around the village, its factory and the model village housing. The programme is as follows:
10:00 Fair opens to the public
10:30 Welcome by Tony Crosby, Chairman of Essex Industrial Archaeology Group followed by the official opening of the Industrial Heritage Fair by Simon Brice D.L.
10:45 & 11:15 Guided walks around the village
1:45 Jackie Nesbitt: The history of Crittall’s and Silver End Village
2:30 Mike Tarbard: Bata shoe manufacturers and East Tilbury Village
3:15 Natalie Banks: The architecture of Silver End village
The Fair closes at 4:00 pm promptly.