On this page we have included a number of files which are free for you to download. These include some back copies of our popular Colchester Recalled Magazine and some short audio files from our extensive archive.  As time goes on more files will be added to the list so keep checking on this page for the latest additions.  And although these files are being made available at no cost, if you would like to make a donation to assist in the ongoing work of the Colchester Recalled Oral History Group, then you may do so by sending a cheque payable to Colchester Recalled to:- Peter Evans (Hon. Treasurer), 5 Grimston Road, Colchester, Essex, CO2 7RN, United Kingdom. 

Index to Colchester Recalled Magazine Nos 1-32  

PDF IconMagazine Index   

Colchester Recalled Magazines to Download  

PDF IconColchester Recalled Magazine No 1   (Our first issue from September 1996 which includes memories of Colchester's Sailing Barges)

PDF IconColchester Recalled Magazine No 2   (Evacuees, Colchester Barges, the Hythe and the Playhouse Cinema)

PDF IconColchester Recalled Magazine No 3   (Old Health Remedies, Thorrington Mill, Christmas Time, Robert Bultitude and the Tweed family)

PDF IconColchester Recalled Magazine No 4   (Before the Welfare State, Birch School, Brightlingsea, Life on the Barges and Farm Life)

PDF IconColchester Recalled Magazine No 5   (Black Notley Hospital, Lexden Street, The War Years, Colchester Trams and Roast Mouse!)

PDF IconColchester Recalled Magazine No 6   (Entertainment in Colchester, Earning a Living, Birch School and Lexden Memories)


Launch of Sound Bench in Castle Park

sound bench

This 'sound bench' is the first of eight set up across Essex with Lottery funding by the Essex Sound & Video Archive. The Colchester Recalled memories on it about the Castle and Castle Park can be heard by clicking the MP3 files below. Seated on the bench are the Mayor of Colchester, Councillor Julie Young, and Essex County Council Vice Chairman, Councillor John Jowers. They are surrounded by Colchester Recalled officers, contributors to the recordings, key Borough Councillors and the Essex Sound & Video Archive team.


Listening to Memories of Marmalade Emma and Teddy Grimes in Castle Park

listening to emma and grimes

The latest floral display in Castle Park has to be the best ever and features among other things an old Austin 7 and two people sitting on a bench who are based on the real life characters Marmalade Emma and Teddy Grimes. You will also note that the display is right in front of the new sound bench where people can sit and listen to memories of old Colchester. The good news is that we have recently added some new content to the sound bench featuring recordings of Emma and Grimes themselves. It's well worth a listen either on the bench itself and savouring the atmosphere, or by clicking on the file below. You can also click on the PDF file to read a recent newspaper article featuring Emma and Grimes.


PDF Icon Newspaper article featuring Emma and Grimes

MP3 Files to Download

PDF Icon Emma and Grimes    (Memories of Emma and Grimes from the years leading up to the First World War)

PDF Icon Colchester Castle    (Memories of the Castle dating back to before the present roof was added in the 1930s)

PDF Icon Skipping in the Park   (Memories of having fun in Castle Park and attending the famous skipping event at Easter time)

PDF Icon To Fetch a Pail of Water   (Memories of what life was like before the advent of modern water systems and drainage)