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

  • September – November 2017: Belfairs Woodland Centre and Danbury Country Park
  • December 2017 – February 2018: Raphael Park, Romford and Hadleigh Country Park
  • March – May 2018: Finchingfield Guild Hall and Weald Country Park

Community Listening Bench Installations

  • Witham, Maldon Road Park: Launched 18 November 2017, 10:30 a.m.
  • Epping, St John the Baptist, High Street: Launched 4 November 2017
  • Colchester, Castle Park: Launched 4 June 2016; audio updated June 2017
  • Basildon, Westlake Park, Bowers Gifford: Launched 31 March 2017
  • 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
  • Galleywood Heritage Centre: Launched 1 July 2017
  • Great Dunmow, town square: Launched 28 June 2016
  • Great Waltham, Banbury Square: Launched 7 August 2016
  • 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: Launched 30 June 2016
  • Southend-on-Sea, The Pier: Launched 14 June 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


Opportunities to Get Involved

We are still looking for community groups to work with the remaining bench installations, which will be installed here:

  • Burnham-on-Crouch
  • Witham

Please get in touch if you have any suggestions. Or tell us if you have suggestions for the final resting places for our touring benches – in Essex, preferably!

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

3 thoughts on “You Are Hear: Bench and Kiosk Tours

  1. Hi. This project sounds very exciting! I should like to find out how much funding is needed for a listening bench – I am a local councillor in Oxford. Please can you send me a contact who can give more information? Many thanks.

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