Essex At War – Did You Know?

The first air raid of the war was on Essex. A single German aircraft dropped two incendiaries on Braintree before dropping a single high explosive bomb on Colchester which landed in the back garden of 41 Butt Road.

1 - colchester air raidPhoto courtesy of the Imperial War Museum

Thankfully there were no casualties, expect for a poor sparrow!

Inter-School Poetry Competition

As part of the project we have an exciting opportunity for all schools across Essex to take part in an inter-school poetry competition.Would your school or do you know a school that would like to be involved?

The competition will run for the first half of the Autumn term 2015 from early September to late October 2015.This project is primarily aimed at History, English or Drama classes (but not confined to these subjects) and is suitable for school students at all levels and abilities.

The deadline for expressions of interest is Thursday 11 June 2015 and should be emailed to with ‘Now the Last Poppy has Fallen – Competition’ as the title.

A competition pack will then be sent out to your school with further competition details, posters and education material from the Now the Last Poppy Has Fallen exhibition.