Jumbo Summer Launch

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Trust launches a Jumbo Summer of heritage events with National Lottery support

The launch of Jumbo Summer.

A charity working to give a new lease of life to Colchester’s historic Jumbo water tower has announced a series of events to celebrate the building’s unique heritage.

Supported through a grant award of £10,000 from The National Lottery Heritage Fund, the project will enable people of all ages to learn about heritage and will include talks, the making of an animated film, children’s art projects and local heritage and design workshops. Activities have also received support from Colchester Borough Council, the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), local history experts and Signals.

The National Lottery Heritage Fund

North Essex Heritage (NEH), formally Colchester and North East Essex Building Preservation Trust, is working with partners, including the building’s owner Paul Flatman, towards preserving Jumbo and bringing it back into sustainable use.

As work continues to secure funding for a project to conserve the crumbling Victorian Grade ll* listed landmark, NEH is announcing Jumbo Summer, a series of community events to highlight Jumbo’s little-known history.

“Jumbo has been the talk of the town since 1883 and the time has come to celebrate this magnificent piece of Victorian industrial heritage. We hope everyone will join in these events, made possible by Lottery Players, Colchester Borough Council and RIBA. These creative activities provide a wonderful opportunity to learn about our history and demonstrate Jumbo’s unique place in Colchester’s heritage and heart.”

NEH Chairman, Simon Hall MBE DL

One of the first events will be a course of weekly evening local heritage research workshops for adults, starting on May 13. Places are strictly limited. To apply, please email kettlecomms@gmail.com

Historians Andrew Phillips and Patrick Denney, who are running the 10-week study course, said: “You could not make it up: a public health crisis, disastrous High Street fires, amazing engineering and more. Jumbo has a fascinating history which we will be exploring from original sources.”

The experts will also be adding to Colchester Recalled’s oral history collection by interviewing people who were there during the great water tower’s long working life. As part of this project, NEH is encouraging anyone with stories relating to Jumbo’s long working life to make contact via kettlecomms@gmail.com

On May 11 there will be fascinating public talks by a group of local historians at Firstsite, Colchester.

Jumbo Week will take place on the run-up to the final celebration event at Firstsite on July 21. Town centre shops and traders will be encouraged to display posters and other decorations designed by children and to decorate windows with a Jumbo-themed displays.

More event details will be released in coming weeks and will include information about a display at Hollytrees museum.

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