Friday, November 02, 2012


Twenty five years ago, an exhibition was staged in Colchester.  Local photographers - some 20 of them combined their talents to capture life in Colchester during a 24-hour period. The exhibition attracted huge attention at the time, but inevitably closed and the photographs put into storage. 
 Member of Parliament for Colchester Sir Bob Russell writes introduction to COLCHESTER 24
Last year, another team of photographers founded the Colchester 24 Trust and repeated the community project.  With support from the Essex County Standard newspaper, "Colchester 24" was thrown open to the public, inviting them to record life in Colcheser in 2011 to compile a photographic archive for future generations.  The outcome was more than 5,000 electronic images contributed by around 200 photographers including students, schoolchildren, grandparents and amateur photographers.  Thus, this fascinating book COLCHESTER 24 containing 96 pages with 194 colour illustratons recording just one day in the life of England's oldest recorded town, has been published by Amberley of Stroud, Gloucestershire. The two talented authors are Andrew Phillips and Anthony Cody.  Price of the book is £14.99 ISBN 978-1-4456-1056-6 and it is now on sale in bookshops and from Amberley at

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