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Working in the archive

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Colchester Recalled is a voluntary group compiling an archive of recorded memories about Colchester & District over the past 120 years.

We have completed more than 3,550 hours of recording, mostly interviews with over 1,500 local people, but also live recordings of local events as they happened (for example the Woolworths Fire of 1973). We have produced several CDs made up of ‘sound bites’ taken from our interviews.

For example: ‘The Century Speaks’ has memories of 20th century Colchester from the Boer War to the Gulf War. ‘Essex At War’ describes life on the home front in Essex during the Second World War and ‘The Essex Ballads’ are dialect poems which we recorded using people still able to speak the fast disappearing North Essex accent. All cost £9.50

The Tape Archive The Tape Archive

Historic cassettes in the archive

The archive is now stored at the University of Essex Library and at the Essex Record Office in Chelmsford.

  • Colchester Recalled holds a monthly meeting at the Roman Circus Centre to listen to their latest recordings and hear a speaker on a topic of local history.
  • A team of volunteers meet to index and archive the collection.
  • Members who have completed a short training course conduct regular interviews with equipment supplied by Colchester Recalled.
  • Other volunteers listen to all new recordings and make summaries of their contents.
  • We publish a magazine called 'Colchester Recalled' full of photos and local people's memories which can be purchased for £1.50 at Gunton's in Crouch Street or from Andrew Phillips, telephone 01206 546775.

If you are interested in helping Colchester Recalled in any way, please contact Andrew Phillips on 01206 546775

                   Latest News 

The Covid Pandemic has meant that our monthly meetings at the Roman Circus Centre have been cancelled until further notice.

In their place we are holding monthly ZOOM meetings. Details of the autumn 2020 programme can be seen on our Meetings Page.

Our meetings for volunteers and our programme of interviewing have also stopped for the time being.

The Colchester Recalled magazine No. 34, priced at £1.50, is now available at our sponsors Gunton’s, the specialist grocer shop, at 81-83 Crouch Street.

Copies of magazine numbers 3 to 33 are also available from Andrew Phillips, email

Mercury Voices. We have produced a box set of 4 CDs about Theatre in Colchester. These will be on sale when the new extended Mercury Theatre opens.

british museum outing

Our outing to the Sound Archive at the British Library

our magazines on sale

             Our magazines on sale at our stall at the
                         St Botolph's History Fair

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