From the Trenches to Tendring

From the Trenches to Tendring is revealing personal snapshots of the Great War by focusing on documents and objects in private hands and bringing them together with local collections into an exhibition and online database.  Each item added to the project collection is researched and if possible accompanied by a recording of people talking about their item and their family stories of the war.  By doing this we are hoping to explore the social and emotional impact on families and friends at home.

CCattrell001Some of our recent discoveries have been a collection of embroidered postcards sent home to Clacton from France by David Calver and kept by his daughter and now great grand-daughter.  There are a variety of designs on the postcards including regiment badges and flags, and some have pencil written messages home.  We are scanning the postcards to collect them and making a start on our research while David’s great grand-daughter looks out more of his things that are stored in her loft.

We have also collected photos of two brothers, one in the army and the other a sailor on HMS Victory.  At this stage we’re not sure what their names are or what their stories are, but their family connection with Tendring goes back to after the Second World War.


We are inviting people to bring their WW1 collections and their family stories to us at roadshow events around Tendring, the first of which takes place on Saturday 19th September at Jaywick Martello Tower as part of the Towers Tenth event celebrating 10 years since their opening.  Further events are scheduled to take place at Brightlingsea Museum on 28th September and Clacton Library in October.

There is also a chance to contribute to our postcard from the past activity, using memorabilia and ephemera to collage and create a collective art work which will be displayed at the final project exhibition at Jaywick Martello Tower in 2016.

To find out more about what we are doing, come along to one of our roadshows or email us on

From the Trenches to Tendring is a Friends of Jaywick Martello Tower project funded by Heritage Lottery Fund, Essex County Council and Tendring District Council.


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