Keep an eye on this page for news about our listening benches.
Or click here to find out more about our touring audio-video kiosks.
New: More listening bench launches throughout July!
We are well and truly into listening bench-launching season. Our last listening bench launch in July will be at the West Cliff Theatre, Tower Road, Clacton-on-Sea on 31 July at 2:00 pm. E-mail us for further information, or just turn up on the day.
Keep an eye out for the remaining launch dates so you can visit all the benches this summer.
Our touring listening benches will visit the following locations in 2017:
June - August 2017: Waltham Abbey Gardens and Great Notley Country Park
September - November 2017: Belfairs Woodland Centre and Danbury Country Park
Find below details of the listening benches that have already been installed in communities across Essex. Each bench plays a selection of clips from Essex Sound and Video Archive recordings - clips about the area chosen by volunteers from that community. Can you find all the benches?
These benches are part of the Heritage Lottery Funded project, You Are Hear: sound and a sense of place. We are digitising and cataloguing a number of recordings from the Archive to make them available online. Through these benches, the Essex Sounds map, and touring audio-video kiosks, our sound and video recordings will help people develop their sense of place. Read more on our project blog here.