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Cultural Development
Essex Record Office
Wharf Road
Essex, CM2 6YT

Cultural development

7 February 2014

The cultural scene in Essex makes it a great place to live, work and visit. ECC Cultural Development plays a key role helping creative and heritage activities across the county, and has built a reputation for innovative work and best practice.


Cultural Development aims to bring social, educational and economic benefits. This is achieved through partnerships, local enterprise, targeted commissions and community engagement.


We work with tourism, regeneration and health, youth offending, early years and older people.


Projects take place in care homes, hospitals, museums, libraries, schools, parks and town centres. Hundreds of volunteers give unpaid hours to support art trails, festivals and many different, diverse events across the county. 

Jaywick Martello Tower
Jaywick Martello Tower supports creative collaborations relating to the themes of community, heritage and environment.  The tower creates opportunities and ventures that make it not only a gallery, workshop space and meeting point but an innovative and unique combination of all these things. 
Jaywick Martello Tower
Jaywick Martello Tower