From 2015 to 2018, the Essex Sound and Video Archive at the Essex Record Office received funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund to run a project, You Are Hear: sound and a sense of place.
We digitised almost 1650 sound and video recordings to better preserve them and make them available. We then helped people engage with them by taking them into every corner of Essex, encouraging a development of a sense of place by increasing appreciation for the sounds of the county, past and present.
Although the project has now finished, you can still engage with the project outputs, or read all our blog posts published throughout the project.
Find the audio-video kiosk or listening bench nearest to you! The listening benches are installed at:
- Weald Country Park (touring bench – final host)
- Westlake Park, Bowers Gifford, Basildon (awaiting repair)
- West Quay, Burnham-on-Crouch (awaiting repair)
- St Nicholas churchyard, Castle Hedingham
- The Meadows, Backnang Square, Chelmsford
- West Cliff Theatre, Tower Road, Clacton-on-Sea
- Blacksmith’s Corner, Clavering
- Doubleday Corner, Coggeshall
- Castle Park, Colchester
- St John the Baptist churchyard, St John’s Road, Epping
- Galleywood Heritage Centre, Galleywood
- Town square, Great Dunmow
- Banbury Square, Great Waltham
- Harlow Museum and Walled Gardens
- St Helen’s Green, Harwich
- Packhorse Bridge, Kelvedon
- Museum grounds, Saffron Walden
- METAL, Chalkwell Park, Southend-on-Sea
- The Pier, Southend-on-Sea
- River Walk, Witham
The audio-video kiosks have now moved to their final homes at Saffron Walden Library and Harlow Museum. Sample some of the treasures from the Essex Sound and Video Archive without having to travel to Chelmsford.
You can check full installation details here.
We are still trying to obtain permission to use some of the recordings in our collection, particularly oral history interviews. If you or someone you know has been interviewed about life in Essex, we might well have a copy of the recording. We are targeting individuals from certain locations, listed here. Do you recognise any names?
You Are Hear is not the only project that has been looking at the impact of sound on perceptions of place. Check out similar projects here.