Explore Culture

Explore Culture: Schools


Are you a teacher or teaching assistant in Essex?

Do you want to know about educational visits focusing on heritage, the arts and culture?

Do you have artwork that you’d like to showcase in some way?

Are you looking for a dynamic way to teach, using cross-curricular projects?

If you’ve answered “yes” to any of these questions then you’ll be interested to hear that the Cultural Development team actively works to promote cultural education through projects and opportunities.

Recently we’ve worked on a county-wide project about the First World War and its impact on Essex, called ‘Now the Last Poppy has Fallen’. Information about this project can be found on the project blog with links to education resources. There is also a project film highlighting our inter-school poetry competition and dance.

We created educational projects and resources based on the 2014 Tour de France, and 2012 Olympics, ‘Team Hadleigh’. When the National Curriculum was reworked in 2014, we worked hard to help teachers through the changes in the History curriculum through ‘History Thinkspace’, a one-day training course linking teachers with heritage organisations and specialists. A blog and Facebook group now exists to support that event.

Explore Culture: Schools is a guide for teachers about the cultural organisations that exist across Essex, and helps teachers to plan for visits linking with their curriculum. It will be available in schools from July 2016. 

An online version of the guide can be found here. To search for a key word in the PDF document, press Ctrl and the letter F

For further information and to feedback about  Explore Culture: Schools please contact:

Sarah Girling

Cultural Access, Learning and Participation Officer


If you have a class or group artwork that you would like to disaply at County Hall, please contact andrew.ward@essex.gov.uk