Essex Record Office listening bench

Welcome to the information page for the new listening bench installed outside the Essex Record Office, Wharf Road, Chelmsford.

The bench features highlights from 35 years of the Essex Sound and Video Archive at the Essex Record Office, including oral histories, music, and radio – and the launch of the Essex Sound Archive on BBC Essex on 9 January 1989.

1. Launch of the Essex Sound Archive on BBC Essex, 9 January 1989 (SA 1/345/1)

2. Cyril Frost on transporting timber from the River Blackwater to Chelmsford, 1990 (SA 15/702/1)

3. ‘Fantasia on a theme of Thomas Tallis’ by Ralph Vaughan Williams, performed by Essex Youth Orchestra at the Bristol Festival, 1983 (SA 10/1/1/24/1)

4. Colchester United’s historic win against Leeds United in the FA Cup, 1971 (SA 1/1/25/1)

5. ‘Essex Folk Theme’ performed by Jack Forbes and the Jack Forbes Band, broadcast on Essex Radio’s Folk Show in 1981 (SA 30/3/6/1)

6. Coralie Lindsell on riding a Vespa in the 1950s, 2007 (SA 15/1/4/10/1)

7. ‘A Little Bit of Cucumber’, a music hall song sung by Mr Cutmore of Halstead in the 1960s (SA 24/1839/1)

8. ‘Wind Over Tilbury’, a radio ballad by Dennis Rookard featuring Jack Forbes and the Waterfront Band; first broadcast on Basildon Hospital Radio, 1982 (SA 19/1057/1)

9. ‘South Woodham Ferrers: A Riverside Country Town’ promotional film soundtrack (VA 3/3/2/1)

10. Extract from ‘Anthem for Essex’, a poem by Martin Newell, 2007 (SA 10/2/3/1/1)

11. John Calvin Hewitt talks about early radio in Chelmsford, 1999 (SA 13/6/5/1)

12. Vic Gray describes the work of the Essex Record Office on BBC Essex, 1987 (SA 1/2/1)

13. Paul McCann and Jill Palmer-Swift on the East Anglian dulcimer at Chelmsford Folk Club, December 1985 (SA 30/6/712/1)

Read transcripts of the recordings here.

Location of the bench

The bench is installed outside the front entrance of the Essex Record Office, facing the River Chelmer.

No Comments

Start the ball rolling by posting a comment on this page!

Add a comment about this page

Your email address will not be published.