History and Culture

Peering Into the Past

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Yesterday the British Film Institute launched a section on its website called “Britain On Film” where you can find thousands of ‘beautifully preserved old films’ showing life in Britain for the last century or so. You can serach by local area, topic, or decade. There are three from Southend, one of them being the 1929 Carnival Procession. (pictured above) Hat-tip:…
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Archaeologists, Queen Guinevere and 8000 Residents v The Planning Inspectorate

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An interesting article in the Guardian shows just how unyielding the Planning Inspectorate can be on big housing applications. It’s an example from Shropshire: A powerful group of senior archaeologists are sharpening their trowels to fight “ethically unacceptable” plans they say will destroy one of the nation’s greatest Iron Age treasures. Old Oswestry Hill Fort, an imposing ancient feature that…
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“Rochford Hospital- Over 150 years of caring for the sick and elderly”

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There’s a good brief history of Rochford Hospital on the Community Archive here. Here’s an extract: By 1884 the Board of Guardians of the workhouse hospital were informed that, “there is insufficient accommodation for the treatment of patients suffering from infectious diseases and further wards are necessary.” However, very little seems to have been done about the overcrowding as, in…
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Inside The New Museum

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From Rayleigh Through The Looking Glass this month: As many of you will be aware, 91 High Street (formally Yours clothing shop) is undergoing renovation and building works. Once complete the downstairs will be a restaurant (Pizza Express) and the upstairs will be the Rayleigh Town Museum (www.rayleightownmuseum.co.uk). So this month we thought we would show you some pictures of…
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