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Close & Remote: Creative Walk of Cherry Orchard Country Park with Artists on Saturday, June 29

Close & Remote: Saturday, June 29 · 10:30am – 1pm A walk suitable for people of all ages, held along the accessible paths in the park. Accompanied by artists Close and Remote, we will go on a leisurely adventure in the park, encountering activities along the way and with an emphasis on ‘close looking’ at…

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What makes you proud about living in Frinton and Walton?

What would you like to see in a museum celebrating Frinton and Walton? Together with the Frinton & Walton Heritage Trust, we are carrying out research into what memories, artefacts, stories, and events the local community would like to see in a new museum. There are four events to attend. Two in Walton and two…

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CERG to Present at Royal Geographic Society Conference

CERG will present findings from research carried out during a NHLF project in North Essex at the RGS-IBG Annual International Conference 2024. The paper is titled “From Economic to Emotional Geography: Understanding the Importance of the Mezzo-Level in Community Development”. The Full abstract can be accessed here on the conference website.

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CERG academic keynote at 11th ECSM conference

Tony Sampson will be talking about his research on contagion theory at the 11th European Conference on Social Media, 30 – 31 May 2024, University of Brighton, UK. The talk will revisit the Virality thesis (Sampson, 2012, 2020) in the context of contemporary social media cultures. It will trace virality back to 19th century sociology, and subsequent…

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Essex students have unique opportunity to shape new museum in seaside town

Story from University of Essex Website University of Essex students are helping bring to life a museum which will preserve the social history and heritage of the seaside towns of Frinton and Walton. Thanks to funding received by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, and a collaboration between the Cultural Engine Research Group (CERG) and the…

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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…

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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…

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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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