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The Great WarThe Great War: Home-life and Service During 1914-1918

Thursday 10 July - Sunday 7 September

A Touring Exhibition produced by Epping Forest District Museum and supported by The Arts Council, England on the First World War and its impact on the East of England.

Described at the time as ‘the war to end all wars', the enormous loss of life and huge sacrifices made by those fighting overseas and on the home front are explored in this exhibition, focusing on the experiences of people in the Eastern region.

The exhibition features some fascinating accounts of World War One from Essex people and music of the era. The exhibition explores activities of the 39 Home Defence Squadron at North Weald, the role of the Speal Constabulary, women's work and their campaign for suffrage, as well as the stories of servicemen who fought, lives and died for their country.

The exhibition includes children activities.





Creative Net

Wednesday 3rd September, 11am-1pm

Free creative workshop for adults.

Ceramic Painting

Design and paint our own square ceramic tile. Once painted the will then be glazed and fired in a kiln then ready to collect at the next session. To book your place email by midday, Tuesday 2nd September.

Jaywick Martello Tower presents Creative Net on the first Wednesday of every month. Each session explores different types of arts and crafts.

Materials, coffee, cake and great creative conversations provided.

Ring 01255 822783 for more information. 





WW1 Play

Merry It Was To Laugh There...

Thursday 4 September, 2pm

Jubilant Productions present Merry It Was To Laugh There, a poignant and evocative reflection on World War 1, using poetry and diaries written during the global conflict.

Merry It Was... marks the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War. Weaving together poetry, songs and diaries with archive imagery and pertinent facts about the lives of the men who were fighting and the women waiting for their return, Merry It Was... acknowledges the legacy of the written word which stands as a powerful archive of the experiences of ordinary men and women.

A devised piece, it captures the realities of war reminding us of the universal and enduring nature of the emotions expressed whilst acknowledging the unique and unimaginable conditions and situations of that time.

Merry It Was... moves from the poetry of the early war and the poet soldiers such as Wilfred Owen to the words of the soldier poets such as Woodbine Willy writing Trench poetry. It draws on the diaries of a serving soldier and gives a voice to those poems written by women who were finding a new role to play in the world while their men were fighting at the Front. It is an evocative, moving, at times funny, at times tragic, depiction of real life experiences of the war to end all wars.

Performed by two actors of great experience and depth, Christine Absalom (Radio 4, Mercury Theatre, Colchester) and Tim Freeman (Mercury Theatre, Colchester), Merry It Was... is a must for all who lovers of poetry, students of history and those who wish to learn from the past.

‘I was blown away by the show. It was moving, very poignant and also funny in parts.'  Tanya Mortimer Birnie, audience member

Tickets: £7 concessions £5

To book: call Jaywick Martello Tower T: 01255 822783 or



An Evening to Remember: Jaywick

Wednesday 17 September 2014, 5pm to 7pm

Please join us to remember and share stories about Jaywick with a focus on ‘The Big Flood' in 1953.

Razed Roof inclusive performing arts company, together with National Theatre playwright Judith Johnson, will be there to listen to your memories or stories..... and also to tell you about their work.

A free, open-air version of ‘FLOOD' will be performed by Razed Roof
outside Jaywick Martello Tower on Sunday 21st September at 2pm and 3.30pm (weather permitting)




Sunday 21 September, 2pm and 3.30pm (weather permitting)

Razed Roof inclusion theatre company will be performing a free, open-air version of 'Flood' their new production writtien by National Theatre playwright Judith Johnson.

On the evening of 31 January 1953, a great storm surge swept down the East coast of England and overcame fragile sea defences, leaving 307 people drowned or dead from the effects of exposure. Inspired by the stories of local people who survived the Big Flood - plus electricity bills, rising sea levels, and polar bears - Razed Roof's unique style brings a brilliantly fresh perspective to the issue of climate change.

No need to book just turn up on the day and enjoy.



Autumn Talks 2014

Fridays at 11am

Free parking and refreshments provided.

Admission: £2 per talk or all five talks for £8.

Friday 26 September - Clacton Fire Brigade 1880-WW2 by Vic Miller

The talk will take a brief look at the origins of firefightening before taking a closer look at the emergent Clacton fire service, observing it growth from its volunteer beginning to its final acceptance as a fully professional firefighting unit The Clacton Urban District Fire Brigade.

Friday 3 October - Photography - from Crime Scene to Art by Chris Farndell

The illustrated talk is about photographing crime scenes and how that is different from taking photographs for other purposes, for example as 'art'. The photographs shown will illustrate his work as a Police Scenes of Crime Officer and subsequently teaching photography to 'A' Level Students.

Friday 10 October - The Wars of the Roses by Frances Sparrow

Between 1455 and 1487, six Dukes, five Earls, two Kings, two Princes and thousands of ordinary men lost their lives in a bitter power struggle for the English crown. One of them was the last King to lead his men into battle and his funeral is next March.

Friday 17 October - Essex Year of Traditions by Claire Driver

Revisit some old gems or maybe discover sonthing new about the customs of Essex with Essex historian Claire Driver.

Friday 24 October - Belief in Ghosts in Ancient Greece and Rome by Amy Cotterill

"Ghosties and ghoulies and long-legged beasties..." The monsters that haunt our nightmares have been doing so for thousands of years. In this talk, Amy Cotterill will be looking at the origin of ghost stories, comparing how "historic" ghosts differ from those of Charles Dickens and learning how haunted houses caused legal headaches for the residents of Rome.




The Tip of the Tower

During the summer of 2013, poet Julia Bird worked with Tower staff, Jaywick residents and visitors to create a poem to be installed at the Tower in 2014.

The Jaywick Martello Project is an exciting programme developed by Place Services at Essex County Council, Jaywick Martello Tower and the Friends of the Tower. The programme will see the recent improvements around the base of the tower further enhanced through the incorporation of interpretive text created with the community of Jaywick.

Keep up to date with the project throught Julia's blog.






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