Category Archives: Peoples of Essex

Peoples of Essex newsletter: A celebration of migrant stories

The end of January and the start of February marks National Storytelling Week. The ‘Peoples of Essex’ project has revealed many interesting stories about the people who moved and lived in Colchester and Tendring in the past and present. This post will share some highlights of the fascinating tales we have heard and read. This project was made possible with...

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Peoples of Essex newsletter: December 2023

Did the Dutch Weavers even exist? Since our last newsletter we have reinvented our interpretation of the Dutch ‘Weavers’, now understanding that weaving was just one of the many roles they had, and that they are more accurately referred to as the ‘Flemish Bay makers’. This article discusses our recent findings and conclusions on the identity of the previously known...

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Peoples of Essex newsletter: Black History Month

‘Peoples of Essex’ is a three year project learning about the history of the people who settled in Essex and representing their stories through digital media. Migrants to Colchester have contributed to the history and heritage of Essex, developing the face of Colchester through its fame for textiles. Colchester became a creative hub for weaving and textile work due to...

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Peoples of Essex – Project Launch

Signals is proud to announce the launch Peoples of Essex, a three-year project identifying and representing the contribution made to Essex by migrant communities throughout history, and documenting contemporary stories. Known locally as the ‘Dutch Weavers’ the 16th century Flemish refugees are at the centre of the project, some settled in Colchester, skilled in weaving they brought prosperity to the...

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