Castle Point Borough Council Offices
There is a growing recognition that people of mature years have an exceptional opportunity. This is probably the first time that many people have been able to both live long enough to experience great events, and, to have access to the means for preserving their own histories; in their own words, written and spoken. The happy combination of efforts by the Essex Record Office and Essex Libraries, two years ago, in gaining a Heritage Lottery grant to set up six new virtual archives, has borne a considerable harvest in the form of local community-driven records of increasing depth and vigour.
Each of the six archives reflect the character of that area; the variety of volunteers who help local people create the articles naturally add a unique dimension to the group archive known as SEECA (South East Essex Community Archives) which recently held an exhibition in the Castle Point Council Offices.
To the right, we see the summary SEECA banner which proclaims the six archives and summarises this not-for-profit endeavour which has given tremendous satisfaction to both contributors and those who access the archives, whether local or from many other countries. We know that readers are enthused from their many favourable comments and requests for more information.
The other pictures show other aspects of the group archive; exemplifying the choices that editorial boards have to make to categorise the material supplied. However, once you have logged into an archive, you can also use the built-in search box at the top-right of each page to enter a specific term; press ‘Go’ to locate relevant articles, even if their category is unknown. If you enjoy reading an article, then why not write your own, or contact your local archive group to get help.