As part of the You Are Hear project, you can sample some of the treasures of the Essex Sound and Video Archive at a site near you. Find your nearest listening bench or audio-video kiosk from the list below. You can also read more about the listening benches on our Essex Sounds website.
Have you enjoyed visiting our listening benches or playing with our kiosks? As we near the end of this three-year project, we need your feedback! We would be very grateful if you can spare a few minutes to complete a short survey about your experiences (link opens in a new tab). Good, bad, indifferent – all responses are useful.
Audio-Video Kiosk Tours
Our touring touchscreen audio-video kiosks play a selection of recordings from the Essex Sound and Video Archive. The tours have now finished, so the kiosks have moved to their new homes in our two Archive Access points: at Saffron Walden Library and Harlow Museum.
We also have a permanent kiosk in the Reception area at the Essex Record Office. Have a play the next time you visit!
Listening Bench Installations
Our listening bench tours have now come to an end, but you can still find the benches in Essex! Find your nearest bench from the list below.
- Basildon, Westlake Park, Bowers Gifford: Launched 31 March 2017 [Currently awaiting replacement]
- Burnham-on-Crouch, West Quay: Launched 8 December 2017 [Currently being repaired]
- Castle Hedingham, St Nicholas Church: Launched 5 April 2017
- Chelmsford, The Meadows, Backnang Square: Launched 18 July 2017
- Clacton-on-Sea, West Cliff Theatre, Tower Road: Launched 31 July 2017
- Clavering, Blacksmith’s Corner: Launched 15 July 2017
- Coggeshall, Doubleday Corner: Launched 11 July 2017
- Colchester, Castle Park: Launched 4 June 2016; audio updated June 2017
- Epping, St John the Baptist, St Johns Road: Launched 4 November 2017
- Galleywood Heritage Centre: Launched 1 July 2017
- Great Dunmow, town square: Launched 28 June 2016
- Great Waltham, Banbury Square: Launched 7 August 2016; audio updated June 2018
- Harlow Museum, Muskham Road: Launched 16 September 2017
- Harwich, St Helen’s Green: Launched 24 September 2016
- Kelvedon, Packhorse Bridge: Launched 31 July 2016
- Saffron Walden, Museum, Museum Street: Launched 30 June 2016
- Southend-on-Sea, METAL, Chalkwell Park: Installed 25 June 2018
- Southend-on-Sea, The Pier: Launched 14 June 2017
- South Weald, Weald Country Park: Installed April 2018
- Witham, Maldon Road Park: Launched 18 November 2017 [Currently awaiting replacement]
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.