An Ending for All Our Stories?

Links to aspects of the project!

A project montage
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Press Announcement
Local Press
History Fair
Tales out of School
G Cook

In 2012, Hadleigh & Thundersley Community Archive (H&TCA) applied for a Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF)* award in their All Our Stories programme; November 2012, SUCCESS!

Our press release is shown in more detail on the 2012 article: which started: “We will use the grant to support local history fairs, encourage local people to share recollections in text and pictures.”

We kept a public record of the project itself by using a blog.     There is also the less formal Twitter feed of James (Cunning) Murrell for which there is a link on the home page.

All Our Stories was a small grant programme (now closed) launched in 2012 to support BBC Two’s The Great British Story.   Series presenter and historian Michael Wood, said: “… I am certain that fascinating and moving stories will be uncovered which will bring to life the excitement of local history.”

The project finished in 2013 and has been completed with a HistoryPin archive accessible here.

Background to South East Essex Community Archives (SEECA) Following the continuing success of a pilot archive started on Canvey, a group of six archives {Laindon, Billericay, Wickford, Benfleet, Rochford and Hadleigh & Thundersley} was initially funded by an HLF grant in 2010, through the inspiration of Sue Hampson and Debbie Peers.

By developing a wider audience for local heritage and culture through participation, the H&TCA volunteer editorial team helps participants develop their community; informing the future by making history today!

General guidance on the archive   To use the website, click on “How to Contribute” on the Home page for details on uploading your own words and pictures.   To contact H&TCA editors at other times, e-mail

Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) has supported over 33,000 projects, allocating £4.9 billion across the UK. Website:

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