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TrenchesFrom the Trenches to Tendring: Personal Snapshots of the First World War

Thursday 12 May to Sunday 3 July

In 2015, the From the Trenches to Tendring project began work collecting First World War correspondence held in private collections across the Tendring area of Essex. These family collections also revealed souvenirs of the time, such as embroidered handkerchiefs and cards, and personal items such as bibles, diaries, and a cigarette case that all made their way back to Tendring during or at the end of the war. 

The exhibition also includes a creative response of the collection from local community groups, schools, songwriter Tracie Fox and artist Alison Stockmarr.

Battle of the Somme Film Screening

Friday 1 July, 6pm

The pioneering war documentary, The Battle of the Somme, is at the centre of commemorative events planned by Imperial War Museums (IWM) to mark the centenary of the 1916 offensive.

Free event however booking is essential!  Ring 01255 822783 to avoid disappointment.




LataJohnny Foreigner by Lata Upadhyaya

Wednesday 6 July until 4 September

"A new place, or a new soil, a new culture and a new beginning."

Based on her experiences of moving East to West, artist Lata Upadhyaya explores how we always take a bit of our own culture, individuality, and belongings wherever we travel. No one wants to completely leave behind their identities, but we have to find a way to renegotiate and make sense of our identities within a new culture and context. Upadhyaya's Johnny Foreigner is an exhibition comprised of objects, symbols, images, material, memories, and treasures that evoke personal stories. These objects are carefully placed into clear suitcases, symbolically 'packing' unique identities into a small number of items. These suitcases represent the motion of the journey, the indefinite significance that these journeys continue to have on our lives, and are presented as a sculptural installation at Jaywick Martello Tower as a meditation upon the experience of migration.




Creative Net

First Wednesday of every month, 11am-1pm

Free Creative workshops for adults, each session looks at a new craft or art form.

Refreshments, material and creative conversations provided.


Wednesday 6 July, 11am-1pm

Chinese Calligraphy

Chinese Calligraphy is the writing of characters, is an art which has developed over many centuries in China. Come and Create your own Chinese Calligraphy with a character, a word, a sentence or any text. Or try to Write your name in Chinese. 


Wednesday 3 August, 11am-1pm

Crafts with Colchester S&B Creative





ShakesphereShakespeare by the Sea

Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 August

We are very excited to announce that 'Shakespeare by the Sea' is coming to Jaywick Martello Tower over the weekend of 6-7 August. In the year which marks 400 years since the death of The Bard, these two days of events will be inspired by Shakespeare's plays, poetry and songs.

Run by Matthew Townshend Productions and with the support of Tendring District Council.

Saturday 6 August, 11am - 3pm

Drop in on a family friendly music workshop and join in with with the performers. No experience required, just bring your enthusiasm! All ages from age eight years and up.

Sunday 7 August, 2pm

Come along, bring a picnic and a rug to sit on and enjoy a lively performance; meeting characters who find themselves shipwrecked, lost or abandoned in foreign lands. Help them as they puzzle their way through the strange and funny situations they find themselves in.

The sessions are free with a voluntary contribution if desired. Please call Jaywick Martello Tower to find out more or visit the website




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