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.


Eyes and Ears

‘Eyes and Ears’ is an initiative that aims to make a real difference to the everyday ‘look and feel’ of Colchester. It encourages everyone to keep their eyes and ears open on their daily travels around the town and to be on the look-out for things that need flagging up for action.

Cut th Bus Lane Feb


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

St. Botolph’s Roundabout proposals – Our response

Our comments on Essex Highways St Botolphs Circus Final Masterplan  proposals for changes to St. Botolph’s Roundabout in Colchester. The current proposal, by Essex Highways own admission is a short to medium term change which will cause major disruption to a key part of the town’s road network while the work is carried out; and

The U turns – Meeting with Highways at Greyfriars Thursday 1st August 2019

There was a good turn out for the meeting with Kevin Bentley at Greyfriars yesterday evening, standing room only for many people. Representatives from local businesses and organisations were invited along with the residents of Roman and Castle Road and Greyfriars Court. The outcome: The meeting was informed that the traffic island at Lewis Gardens

Just Published A Survey Of Colchester’s Ironwork by Robert Mercer

A survey of Colchester’s Iron Work. This is a comprehensive survey by Robert Mercer covering all forms of cast iron work, including lampposts, bollards, railings, manhole covers and a variety of other forms of casting, which have survived in Colchester. However, as Robert points out in his own introduction, the essence of the survey is

Keep Britain Tidy

Colchester Civic Society members played their part in yesterday’s Keep Britain Tidy Great British Spring Clean. They collected 21 sacks of rubbish, 5 discarded oil containers, 4 cones and a stack of yellow buckets.

The formal road ‘opening’ at Peter Crowe Approach in Hampton Park, Stanway. Six new roads are named after Mayors – Allen Aldridge, Reg Hilham, Westley Sandford, Martin Hunt, Christopher Garnett, & Peter Crowe. The sign for Reg Hilham Walk still has to be erected. As you can see many local politicians attended and played a

Telephone Boxes

Back in November we appealed for help from the public to report to us any telephone boxes in need of repair. Here is an update from our chairperson Jo Edwards, as published in the Colchester newspapers this week.   On behalf of Colchester Civic Society, I recently wrote to ask the town’s residents for information