You Are Hear: Bench and Kiosk Tours

As part of the You Are Hear project, you will be able to sample some of the treasures of the Essex Sound and Video Archive at a site near you.

Keep checking this page for updates about the installations. You can also read more about the listening benches and listen to the audio clips on our Essex Sounds website.

Listening Bench Tours Photograph of listening bench installed at Belhus Woods Country Park

  • March – May 2017: Battlesbridge Antiques Centre and Cressing Temple
  • June – August 2017: Waltham Abbey Gardens and Great Notley Country Park
  • September – November 2017: Belfairs Woodland Centre and Danbury Country Park

Community Listening Bench Installations

  • Latest: The Pier, Southend-on-Sea: Launched 14 June 2017
  • Galleywood Heritage Centre: to be launched 1 July, 2pm (part of the Galleywood Festival)
  • Coggeshall: to be launched 11 July (tbc)
  • Blacksmith’s Corner, Clavering: to be launched 15 July, 3pm
  • The Meadows, Backnang Square, Chelmsford: to be launched 18 July, 1pm
  • West Cliff Theatre, Clacton-on-Sea: to be launched 1 August (tbc)
  • Colchester, Castle Park: Launched 4 June 2016
  • Great Dunmow, town square: Launched 28 June 2016
  • Saffron Walden, Museum: Launched 30 June 2016
  • Kelvedon, Packhorse Bridge: Launched 31 July 2016
  • Great Waltham, Banbury Square: Launched 7 August 2016
  • Harwich, St Helen’s Green: Launched 24 September 2016
  • Westlake Park, Bowers Gifford, Basildon: Launched 31 March 2017
  • Castle Hedingham, St Nicholas Church: Launched 5 April 2017

Map of all 18 listening benches
See if you can visit all the benches! Download this map to help you find them. Send us a picture of yourself with each bench, and tell us which sound clip was your favourite. Get in touch with your #benchselfie through Twitter, Facebook, or e-mail.

Audio-Video Kiosk ToursPhotograph of person using audio-video kiosk

  • 4 July – September 2016: Chelmsford Museum and Loughton Library
  • October – December 2016: Zinc Arts, Ongar and Fingringhoe Wick Visitor Centre
  • January – March 2017: Canvey Island Library and Brentwood Library
  • April – June 2017: Jaywick Martello Tower and Caxton Books and Gallery, Frinton-on-Sea / The Naze Education and Visitor Centre
  • July – September 2017: Hadleigh Old Fire Station and locations around Wivenhoe


Opportunities to Get Involved

We are still booking venues for the second year of the listening bench and kiosk tours. We are also looking for community groups to work with the second round of bench installations, which will be installed here:

  • Burnham-on-Crouch
  • Chelmsford
  • Clacton-on-Sea
  • Clavering
  • Coggeshall
  • Epping
  • Galleywood
  • Harlow
  • Southend-on-Sea
  • Witham

Please get in touch if you have any suggestions.

You can also listen to the full recordings on our Soundcloud channel, and watch the videos on our YouTube channel.

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