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Heritage Fund grant for Essex Record Office to preserve local stories for future generations

History / Thu 11th Jul 2024 at 08:22am

THE Essex Record Office (ERO) will receive £60,000 from The National Lottery Heritage Fund to immortalise local communities.

‘Open the Box: Connecting Communities Through Archives’ will enable groups of Essex residents to record their own stories in the ERO archives for future generations to discover.

This could include photographs, diaries, posters, flyers, records, reminiscences and more.

The project was made possible by National Lottery players and will detail the history, heritage and experiences of different groups living across Essex today.

This will involve the ERO working closely with underrepresented communities, ensuring the archives remain accurate and inclusive.

The ERO will host in-person and online events in Basildon, Canvey Island, Colchester and Harlow to learn from residents. It will also work with people and organisations in Tendring.

Residents will be able to speak with the ERO about how they would like to interact and contribute to the collections and archives.

The fund will enable the ERO to build links with partners, test activities and work towards submitting a larger funding application to deliver the project in full.

Councillor Mark Durham, Cabinet Member for the Arts, Heritage and Culture at Essex County Council, said: “We live in very interesting times, and thanks to National Lottery players, we will be able to work closely with Essex communities so the stories and experiences of today can be preserved for future generations to discover.

“Projects like Open the Box allow us to collaborate with diverse organisations and groups. It will add new, different and relevant records to our extensive archives.

“We encourage people to visit us at the ERO or the events being planned and to ‘open the box’ and tell us their stories.”

Residents can find out more about the work of the Essex Record Office and keep up to date on the Open the Box project at www.essexrecordoffice.co.uk

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