Culture, Heritage, Communities and Local Economies

The Cultural Engine

Providing expert and friendly support for organisations making a difference in their communities and improving local economies.

We partner with Local Authorities, Government Agencies, Universities, Trusts, Charities and other Community or Social Organisations by providing capacity and knowledge to:

  • Identify & secure funding.
  • Develop, manage & deliver projects.
  • Write relevant & deliverable strategies.
  • Support business planning & operational development.
  • Nurturing excellent cross-sector partnerships.
  • Undertake research.

Our Services

In order to complete a successful project there are a number of different skillsets that are important to make a successful proposal become a reality. We are well skilled in a number of fields and can help you in a number of ways to reach your goals with a wide range of skillsets.

Case Studies

Southend Food Culture Project

Recognising food as a critical element of culture, we have undertaken significant research relating to the importance of developing projects, strategies and local policies to support healthy food cultures in…

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Essex County Council – Cultural Commissioning Programme

The Cultural Engine was commissioned by Essex CC to run a year-long Cultural Commissioning Programme which recogniSed the challenges faced by arts and cultural organisations with limited funding and capacity.…

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Southend City of Culture

The Cultural Engine led the bidding process for Southend to become the UK City of Culture in 2017. We worked with a wide range of partners to put together a…

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Latest from the News/Blog

ORCHARD cultural programme Dec 2nd 2023

As a culmination of the ORCHARD cultural programme in 2023 there was a series of celebratory events across Rochford on Saturday 2 December showcasing the work produced during the project. Venues included the WI Hall, Market Square, Rochford Library, Old House & Kings Head. – An inaugural East of England Nature Writing Event in the…


CERG Talk at Royal Geographical Society – 1st September 2023 (2pm)

A Cultural Engine Research Group talk, we will present an initial paper blending interdisciplinary emotion research (from mental health, social psychology and affect theory) and ‘on the ground’ non-academic expertise of delivering local heritage projects in Essex. The ambition will be to influence and impact local policy around levelling-up and pride in place policy. Giles…


Next CERG event on 7th Sept at Conway Hall

Is Toby Young, former non-executive director at the Office for Students, right to denigrate (modern) university provision when he states, ‘why spend three years doing media studies at a second-rate university when you could find a better-paid job after getting a qualification in a skilled occupation at a further education college – and without a…


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