HERITAGE OPEN DAYS

Heritage

We have promoted the ‘Marconi Brand’ as the right image for a successful city, with a history of innovation like Chelmsford. We were at the forefront of the campaign to keep the ‘Chelmsford Birthplace of Radio’ on the city signs.

Pam Swaby, Chris Neale and Ros Webb organised our flagship events in 2016 and 2017. These were the Marconi Building the Wireless Age exhibition and talks programme, held in the original Marconi Factory In Hall Street; and the Titanic Honour and Glory Exhibition in Bond Street. In both cases it was good to have so many volunteers to help out: including John Lewis staff in Bond Street.

The City Council commissions the Society to organise and run Chelmsford’s Heritage Open Days Event and it is growing fast. Last year, over 3,400 people visited 37 sites over the ten days of the event.

A central concern has been securing the restoration of the Heritage Triangle: the Anne Knight Building opposite the station, the Marconi 1912 offices in New Street and Shire Hall.

Heritage Open Days 2020

Throughout the Heritage Open Days Event:

City Centre Scavenger Hunt
You can download the Scavenger Hunt from here

Marconi Walk Audio Trail from 11th September, presented by Alan Pamphilon.

Click Touch here for the Marconi Walk'n'Talk Audio Walking Tour

Manifesto for Essex EARTH POEM Exhibition

Essex Book Festival is hosting an exhibition of poems and bunting in shop windows in Chelmsford city centre as part of its Manifesto For Essex project.

Created by young people and the 'young at heart', Manifesto for Essex is a creative platform for people to share thoughts and ideas on what we can do to protect the planet. The exhibition will last for the duration of the festival and maybe even longer.

Event

Presented By

Where

Cost

11th September (Friday)

Marconi Celebration Virtual Walk (10am)

 

Free

Enduring Legacies: Three Pioneering Women Talk (7pm)

Dr Viv Newman

Via Zoom app
Booking link: eventbrite.co.uk

Free

12th September (Saturday)

Springfield Lyons Bronze Age Enclosure Virtual Tour (10am)

Alex Marshall

Free

Military Vehicles Virtual Film (2pm)

 

Free

13th September (Sunday)

Chelmsford War Memories Film (10am)

 

Free

Heritage Drawing Trail (1pm)

 

Booking Link:
eventbrite.co.uk

Free

Portraits of the Past - Judge Tindal (all day)

 

Judge Tindal statue
Chelmsford Creative Collective invites all artists to join in with our collaborative portrait project.
For Heritage Open Days you will create portraits of two local subjects, Anne Knight and Judge Tindall. All of the portraits submitted will be joined together to create a collaborative portrait.
To get involved, please join the Collaborative Portrait Project Group on Facebook, or email chelmsfordcreativecollective@gmail.com for more details.
The Deadline for Judge Tindall portrait submissions is 2pm on Sunday 13th September.

Free

14th September (Monday)

Virtual Tour of the Mayoral Parlour (10am)

Cllr Jude Deakin

Free

15th September (Tuesday)

Chelmsford Museum On Air Exhibition (10am)

 

Free

Galleywood Heritage Walk (10am)

 

Booking Links:
Walk 1 - 10:15 for a 10:30 start: eventbrite.co.uk
Walk 2 - 10:30 for a 10:45 start: - eventbrite.co.uk
Walk 3 - 13:15 for a 13:30 start: eventbrite.co.uk
Walk 4 - 13:30 for a 13:45 start: eventbrite.co.uk

Free

Talk on the Heritage Triangle (7pm)

Malcolm Noble

Via Zoom app
Booking Link:
eventbrite.co.uk

Free

16th September (Wednesday)

With These Walls - A Virtual Tour of New London Road Non-Conformist Cemetery (10am)

Doug Killick

Free

17th September (Thursday)

Hidden Nature at Danbury Church Graveyard (10am)

Norman Bartlett & Irene Guidotti

Free

18th September (Friday)

Sandford Mill Nature Reserve Virtual Tour (10am)

Elgan Adlard

Free

Heritage Free Art Friday (all day)

 

Chelmsford Creative Collective aim to brighten your day with hidden nature – Free Art Friday
We will be sharing Free Art all over Chelmsford on Friday 18th September. The suggested 'drop' area is Central Park with the aim of getting a higher concentration of art in that area but you may find art anywhere around Chelmsford on the day!
Keep an eye out for paintings, drawings, prints, poetry, zines and more with a nature theme for you to enjoy and take home.
If you are an artist and you want to get involved there are no rules, that's the joy! Just make sure the work is easily removable and does no damage. You should leave a note with your artwork so that people know it's OK to take it home. Consider options to keep it dry in case of bad weather.

Free

The Marconi Company and the Battle of Britain - Zoom Talk (7pm)

Alan Hartley-Smith

via Zoom app
Booking Link: eventbrite.co.uk

Free

19th September (Saturday)

Chelmsford Cathedral Virtual Tour (10am)

Dean Nicholas Henshall

Free

Hidden at Writtle University Nature Draw (10am)

 

Booking Link:
10am: eventbrite.co.uk

Free

Shire Hall Virtual Tour (2pm)

Alan Pamphilon

Free

20th September (Sunday)

Hylands House Virtual Tour (10am)

 

Free

Electric Voice Theatre (7pm)

 

Free

Portraits of the Past (all day)

 

Anne Knight Portrait:
Chelmsford Creative Collective invites all artists to join in with our collaborative portrait project.
For Heritage Open Days you will create portraits of two local subjects, Anne Knight and Judge Tindal. All of the portraits submitted will be joined together to create a collaborative portrait.
To get involved please join the Collaborative Portrait Project Group on Facebook or email chelmsfordcreativecollective@gmail.com for more details.
The Deadline for Anne Knight portrait submissions is 2pm on Sunday 20th September.

Free

If you have any suggestions for talks or events we could host please email us: info@chelmsfordcivicsociety.co.uk.

Chelmsford Remembers

We were awarded £10,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund for our Chelmsford Remembers project on the First World War. This was supported by the High Chelmer Shopping Centre and also involved a collaboration with the Essex Record Office.

Our Somme100FILM event in 2016 involved a showing of the 1916 film, while listening to original music played by the Cambridge Concert Orchestra. Laura Rossi, the composer was present and addressed the audience in the cathedral.

Ideas Festival

Ideas Festival 2020 (www.ideasfestivalchelmsford.org). The Ideas Hub now set up in Chelmsford Library for teas, coffees and newspapers.