Welcome to the OMHS website!
During the first decades of the 21st century Ongar Millennium History Society has continued to expand and build upon the foundations laid down by the inaugural group, the Ongar Millennium History Project. At the Millennium this project group published the book 'Aspects of the History of Ongar' and established a Town Walk.
Through their specific interest since then, members have researched and printed booklets, sewn historical altar kneelers for St Martin's Church, archived historical photographs, books, maps and artefacts along with coins discovered through metal detecting. Later in 2020 it is hoped to have these on display at the United Reformed Church.
We continue to encourage others to use their interests and skills to keep Ongar's history alive for future generations.
We welcome all visitors to the town. Please look for the town guide available online at Ongar in Bloom and Ongar Town Council
If you are interested in local history, there is a wealth of information available
in our newsletters!
The aims of OMHS
a) to raise public awareness of the history of the historic market town of Chipping Ongar
b) to encourage research into all aspects of the town's history and to collect relevant material for display
c) to produce relevant publications and to organise meetings to further these aims
d) to support other local organisations concerned with the town's heritage
e) to be watchful for threats to the town's heritage and to campaign appropriately to protect them
Latest News and Updates
Due to the restrictions currently imposed for COVID-19 we are sorry to say all events are postponed until further notice. Click here to read a fascinating article on local history that resonates with our current situation.
Subject to further government advice on COVID-19 we hope to bring you a trip to Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome near Maldon, with a tour and traditional cream tea served in the airmen’s mess. Members to pay £12.50, coach will be paid for by OMHS. More details to follow.
The Annual Marian Slade Memorial Lecture is postponed until further notice. Our speaker will be Neil Wiffen from the Essex Records Office & Essex Journal. He will be presenting his lecture "One Day in the Battle of Britain: 29th October 1940". More details to follow.
We hope to arrange a visit to Bressingham Museums and Gardens near Diss in Norfolk sometime in 2020.
Ongar Millennium History Society has a varied programme with a mixture of talks, discussions, exhibitions and visits.
At our Annual Marion Slade Memorial Lecture we have been able to attract nationally recognised speakers such as Jon Stokes from the National Tree Council and Jim Boutwood from the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings along with local speakers discussing research on the history of our town. More recently we have had lectures from polymath Professor Clive Bloom on the history of rioting in London, The Whitechapel Society on Jack the Ripper and Professor Dilwyn Porter on the first London Olympics.
Why not join us? The annual fee is currently £14 for a single membership or £26 for a couple which includes 4 newsletters per year. If you are interested in joining, please email firstname.lastname@example.org