Through the Looking Glass

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We are a local voluntary group that gives slide show presentations on Rayleigh’s rich and varied history.

Talks are given to local clubs, groups, organisations and societies and the slides are taken from

our archive of over 5000 images dating from 1860 to the present.

We also advise Rayleigh Town Council on their Heritage Plaques

and we act as

Footpath Representative (P3) for Rayleigh Town Council.

Funds are raised for local charities, good causes and to help maintain and preserve our archives.

(for details please see our Charitable Donations page)

We have been successful with a number of grants which include Awards for All (Lottery), Grassroots Grants Essex,

Essex Heritage Trust and Essex Community Archive.

If you are interested in hosting a show or want further information please contact  

Mike Davies on  +44 (0)1268 785657

Last updated   19/10/18   14:17

Sharon Davies

Sharon, wife of our Chairman Mike Davies, tragically died in the early hours of Friday 28th September 2018.
Sharon was the webmaster of this website who arranged the monthly updates.

Many of you would have attended one of the Rayleigh Through the Looking Glass slide show talks - a team effort by both, but it was Sharon who kept Mike to the script!

This update will continue thanks to Terry Joyce who has taken over this roll.
We send Mike and his family our sincere condolences.


The funeral of Sharon Davies will take place at Southend Crematorium (West Chapel) at 11.20am on Mon 5th November.
All are most welcome to attend, also the reception after at the Holy Trinity Parish Hall in Rayleigh.
Family flowers preferred with donations (to Adams Funeral Directors Rayleigh High Street) to both the Rayleigh Town Museum and the Rayleigh RNLI.
Mike requests attendees to the funeral wear something purple as this was Sharon's favourite colour.