It's always great to meet like-minded people, especially those from museums in Essex, for as you know, our Cater Museum in Billericay is one of the town's precious buildings full of fascinating artefacts from a bygone age.
This evening's ERO event was packed and the enthusiasm was high. Didn't make the workshops aimed at voluntary groups involved in all kinds of cultural activities, but was pleased to discover more about what sources of funding are available and how best to apply. We listened to highly articulate representatives from the Arts Council England, Heritage Lottery, Big Lottery,
Cllr John Spence, Essex County Council Cabinet Member with responsibility for Heritage, Culture and the Arts, said: “Having lived in
Essex for 36 years I have come to understand what a
brilliant and diverse county it is. So often we underestimate the scale of our
heritage, ranging from Colchester and St Peter's
Chapel in Bradwell through our medieval towns and villages to the great symbols
of human achievement such as optic fibres at Harlow, radio in and the Stow Maries airfield. Our
intensely active culture and arts sectors add to the richness of the county and
all of these help make Chelmsford Essex a better place in
which to live, work and play."