Showcase programme

Would you like a sneak preview of the programme for Wednesday? Well, here you go… Just click here

If you don’t have tickets yet but you’d like to come, call the Civic Theatre box office on 01245 606505 or online

Tickets are free.

Programme for 23rd March 2016

Programme for 23rd March 2016



The Great War and Essex

Following on from our last blog about the forthcoming release on the book, Brentwood and The Great War, we also like to bring to our attention the following titles written by Stephen Wynn.

A retired Police officer who served with Essex Police for thirty years, Stephen’s first book, Two Sons in a War Zone: Afghanistan: The True Story of a Fathers Conflict, was published in 2010. It is his personal account of his sons’ first tours in Afghanistan. Both of his grandparents served in and survived the First World War.

Castle Point and The Great WarAvailable from








Grays and The Great WarAvailable from


Brentwood and The Great War

For those of you that have enjoyed our exhibition and maybe want to dig a little deeper, we’d like to bring your attention to the following book written by Stephen Wynn which is now available for pre-order.

Brentwood and The Great WarBrentwood in the Great War tells the remarkable story of Brentwood and its surrounding areas from the outbreak of the Great War, to the long-awaited the peace of 1918.

The presence of war was never far away from Brentwood, which had its fair share of military hospitals during the Great War. Forty-three local graves commemorate the young soldiers who were patients of nearby Waverly Barracks’ hospital but died from their war wounds.

At least eighteen other war memorials and rolls of honour dotted around the district highlight just how important village life and a parish existence were back then, when on a Sunday everybody dressed up and went to church. From each of these locations, the individual stories of some of the men who paid the ultimate sacrifice for King and country are closely looked at to outline the sacrifices they made and why.

As the war progressed, local Military Tribunals became more and more utilized. Here, young men could attempt to obtain a certificate of exemption from military service. Some of the men were conscientious objectors; some were genuine, whose families would be met with hardship if their men left to fight overseas; some worked in munitions factories and were already doing their bit for the war effort; and others simply just didn’t want to fight.

Unique primary resources provide a true picture of what life was like in wartime Brentwood, as the town is looked a through the eyes of the local press. The book reveals a strange combination, of people deeply affected by wartime restrictions and their relentless struggle to achieve the normality of everyday life amongst the madness that was unfolding around them.

Available from