Sharing Our History:1953 Essex Floods.

06 November 2012

Venue: Clifftown Theatre and Studios, Southend Campus

Time: 14:00

Scene from the Essex floods

Many residents had to be rescued due to the high flood waters in January 1953.

Part of the ESRC Festival of Social Science 

As part of the Festival of Social Science, the University of Essex is hosting an oral history event in advance of the 60th anniversary of the floods, which took place on the night of 31 January 1953.

Chaired by Martin Astell, Sound Archivist at the Essex Record Office, the event will feature a short film about the floods and will hear from a local author, Patricia Rennoldson Smith, whose book on the floods: The 1953 Essex Flood Disaster: The People's Story will be published in November by The History Press. Two survivors of the floods will also share their memories of the night, and members of the audience, if they like, are invited to speak about what happened to them and their families.

This free event is open to all, for people wanting to find out more, as well as for those who can remember what happened or who had relatives who were involved, to share and record their memories. Entry is free. To book please email or phone 01206 872400  

This event is open to the general public.