What We Do

Work is in progress to restore the public art in Colchester's Southway subways.  The concrete art murals were placed in the subways to brighten up the area in the 1970s.  The murals by sculptors  Henry Collins and Joyce Pallott, the husband and wife team who lived and worked in Colchester have weathered the passage of time well, but were in need of restoration.
Colchester Civic Society and Colchester In Bloom started fundraising in 2014 to raise the funds needed.  Essex Heritage Trust gave a grant for the initial restoration of the Abbeygate Mural. Now with an award of funds from the Heritage Lottery which was made possible by National Lottery players, and an additional grant from The Harvey Benham Trust the restoration of all of these murals is ensured.  The murals were made by making a detailed reverse mould and filling that with concrete. Working to brighten up the St Botolphs Roundabout subway.

Conservation projects

Colchester Civic Society has a long history of involvement in conservation projects, from the Scheregate Improvement scheme and the Cannock Mill/Bourne Mill projects of the 1960’s, through to the present day with the Southway Murals Restoration in 2018.

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The Society encourages the best modern architecture and is prepared to comment on planning matters at every level. We respond to consultations on planning issues, from specific sites to the more general Local Plan. We also support the conservation of our older buildings of merit – buildings that are of historical importance, add to a street scene, are architecturally pleasing or simply of sentimental value within the community.

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This is a recent addition to our activities. The first campaign began on our Facebook Page in January 2017 with a video calling for Essex County Highways to stop the U turns outside the Minories In Colchester High Street.

Colchester Plaque Trails

This link will take you to the Society’s plaque trails. At the present time we have three trails, Military & Wartime, Town Centre and the Out of Town Trail.

Latest News

Colchester in Bloom Award

Ann Turner, our Vice chair and membership secretary is pictured here receiving a Colchester In Bloom award from the Mayor of Colchester Peter Chillingworth, in recognition of our help with the Southway Murals project – we worked in partnership with CinB on this major project.

Mercury Rising

Colchester Civic Society has received a certificate from The Mercury Theatre in acknowledgement of our adoption of of seat 22 in aid of the Mercury Rising appeal.

A New Civic Society Publication – Colchester The Historic High Street

THE STORY OF COLCHESTER‘S ANCIENT HIGH STREET AND TIMBERED BUILDINGS. A new book, “Colchester The Historic High Street”, published by Colchester Civic Society, will be available to buy from Red Lion Books, this coming Saturday morning – 16th June. One of the authors, Dave Stenning, will be signing copies of the book between 11 and

Colchester Civic Society AGM

Our AGM is at Greyfriars Hotel on Monday 11th June at 7pm. Please note the change of venue for this meeting. We are experimenting! Greyfriars has huge advantages, particularly the car parks and bus stops nearby. Much as we like St. Botolph’s Hall, several people have recently found the surrounding area challenging and have thought

Henry and Joyce Collins website now up and running

The Henry and Joyce Collins website is now up and running. This gives background information about the artists and their work in their home town of Colchester. In 2017 Colchester Civic Society and Colchester in Bloom supported by a grant from Heritage Lottery Fund, undertook the restoration of the artists’ concrete murals across the town’s

Keep Britain Tidy

Wednesday 7th March 26 sacks of rubbish plus some fly tipped stuff. Colchester Civic Society’s contribution to the Great British Spring Clean. This is the national initiative, organised by Keep Britain Tidy, to encourage individuals and groups to pick up the litter on their own doorstep.