This issue of Essex Journal completes 55 volumes since publication began in 1966. In 1989 a new Editorial Board was formed to continue the good work started by our predecessors. I have had the privilege to be chairman of the board since 1997, but this is surpassed by Martin Stuchfield who is the earliest surviving member of the board and more recently our consultant, who has always provided sound advice and support, which has been greatly appreciated.
In 2007 we were fortunate to recruit the services of Neil Wiffen, as editor, who has not only continued the good work of previous editors, but has made his own mark with new features and special ‘tribute’ editions. As this is Neil’s last edition, I should like to thank him for all his hard work and to wish him well in the future as he moves onto new challenges. I should also like to thank his partner, Dr Sarah Honour, and their children, Thomas and Chloe, for allowing Neil so much time to devote to Essex Journal.
The Editorial Board has been supported by many good members over the years who; deserve our grateful thanks. The final members in the photograph below include Geraldine Willden our hardworking treasurer for many years, Samantha Butler our excellent secretary and Stan Newens, a very loyal ‘ambassador’ for Essex Journal.
The existing Editorial Board will be wound up on 31st December 2020 and from 1st January 2021 the Essex Society for Archaeology and History (ESAH) will assume responsibility for publishing. As a subscriber you should receive a letter from ESAH regarding the new arrangements before the end of this year. Our plans for the compilation of an index for the first 55 volumes are progressing and arrangements for the launch of a hard copy will be announced next year.
I am delighted to introduce Stephen Pollington, as our new editor, whose first issue will be Spring 2021. Stephen, who lives at Boxted, has previous editorial experience and is a specialist on Anglo Saxon history, being the author of several books. If you wish to contribute to future editions of Essex Journal will you please email Stephen in the New Year via: firstname.lastname@example.org or: email@example.com.
Finally, may I thank all authors and subscribers for your support and I trust you will continue with your membership under the new arrangements.
Adrian Corder-Birch, Chairman of the Editorial Board