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Our public meetings are held at 7:30 p.m. on the last Thursday of every month in the Pier Avenue Baptist Church, Pier Avenue. Talks usually last for about an hour, then we have a short break for refreshments followed by announcements regarding upcoming events, e.g., local exhibitions, and Society business.

Members are admitted free of charge to all meetings; visitors for £2. Membership runs from January to December and costs £12.50 for the year. Renewals and new membership will be taken at our first meeting, see below.


Programme of Meetings for 2024


25 July: Members’ Evening; three 20 minute talks by members.


29 August: From demolition to discovery; the lost mansion of Marks Hall by John Mallinson.


26 September: Essex smugglers part 2


31 October: R.N.L.I. life at Clacton lifeboat by Dennis Hoad.


28 November: Shopping in Clacton through the ages by George Hardwick.


26 December: No meeting.











The Sunken Bandstand

Many more photos in our gallery or on our Facebook page.  

Click the link to visit our excellent Facebook page, we now have over 15,000 members.


Click the link below to visit the Facebook page of Clacton Then & Now

The West Cliff Theatre

Clacton Then & Now...over 700 Then & Now photos of our area.

Youtube  Clacton Then & Now

Tendring Coastal Heritage Resorting to the Coast

Butlins Memories

Essex Days Out

Jaywick Local History Society

Clacton VCH Group

Clacton through the lens by Anthony Allston

Frinton & Walton Heritage Trust

Tendring District U3A

The Harwich Society

Brightlingsea Museum

Amateur 8mm film Clacton 1983 

Clacton Dolphins on the pier


Wivenhoe History

Francis Frith collection of Clacton photos

Facebook  Essex Memories

Clacton Pier

Clacton Pavilion

Brightlingsea Lido

Tendring District u3a on Facebook

St Oysth Museum

CHANGE OF VENUE.      The Clacton & District Local History Society was formed in 1985 to research, record and promote the history of Clacton & District. We now meet on the last Thursday of each month, 7:30 at Pier Avenue Baptist Church, Clacton with a guest speaker. Membership is £12.50 per year. This gives free entry to all meetings. Non-members are welcome to meetings for £2.00.  We also have an excellent museum on the second floor of Clacton Library in Station Road, open from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. every Tuesday and Saturday...well worth a visit.