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Signals seeks to promote understanding of film and media and encourage participation. Signals core programme includes a wide range of educational activities which are aimed at a wide cross section of the community, from first time involvement to supporting developing artists work. Signals regularly works with organisations on media projects. In recent years we have worked many groups including; children of offenders, excluded students in pupil referral units, gifted and talented children, looked after young people and homeless adults.

The Year

‘The Year’ was 12 months of workshops where we explored various stories at Fingringhoe Wick Nature Reserve.

Our project with Essex Wildlife Trust encouraged young people to embrace and explore the natural heritage of the reserve through creativity. Ending with an exhibition showcasing some of our favourite stories from the reserve as well as the incredible work made by the young people involved, including: photography, filmmaking, wild writing and even an arcade machine of wildlife themed video games.

This project was made possible with funding from Heritage Lottery Fund and the Hervey Benham Charitable Trust. For more info on this project follow this link: The Year – Blog page

Dig Deeper

Signals’ Dig Deeper project brought together a diverse selection of young people to learn about Colchester’s Roman Heritage and work together to create an animation and app for the Colchester Roman Circus Visitors Centre. This project was made possible through funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund. Working with the Colchester Archaeological Trust (CAT), the project saw young people, ages 11-25, learning about the archaeology of Roman Colchester and working with local professionals to develop an animation, historical audio tour and site based app all to be installed at the Roman Circus Visitors Centre. Read more here

Essex Girls

‘Essex Girls’ is a project that worked with around 30 young people aged 14 to 18 from across Essex, teaching a range of heritage and media skills including web design and film-making. The group looked the role that women of Essex have had through the ages, with a focus on the last three generations, the role of woman during the wold wars and the witch trials. The project saw the group create a short film and a digital time-line that can be used to help introduce other young people to local history.  This project is supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund – Young Roots programme.

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