Cultural markers in the East of England

Month: October 2014

Getting behind British science?

The British Science Association have just announced details of grant funding schemes for British Science Week in 2015.

Event dates: 13th to 22nd March 2015

As well as the usual grants by region in the UK, offering their traditional support to schools, this year (2015) sees the introduction of community organisation grants, offering those in the community sector working with ‘hard to reach’ communities the opportunity to build new work using science and discovery as a lever to engagement.

  • Kick Start Grants – grants of £300 for school activities (and up to £700 for schools/communities) in the UK faced with challenging circumstances.
  • Scottish Grant scheme – grants of £200 for schools and £350 for organisations in Scotland.
  • Welsh Grant scheme – grants of £200 for schools and £350 for organsations in Wales.
  • Community Grant scheme (new for 2015) – grants of up to £500 for community-based groups and organisations working with hard to reach groups in the UK whose targeted audience/participants include those not traditionally engaged with science.  (These might be people who “..are from the Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic community (BAME); not in education employment or training (NEET); or who live in a remote and rural location”…Ed.)

Although the sums are modest, it is possible with imagination, to see how the seed funding could be used to engage those interested in science, or to give the undiscovered young scientist a chance to take their first step on the road to research, for example.

The Association web site offers the following as eligible activities under the grant scheme.

  • Presentations from invited speakers on science and/or engineering topics.
  • Field trips to local science centres, museums or university science departments.
  • Arranging a talk or workshop with a local STEM ambassador.
  • Recruiting a freelancer to deliver an arts and science activity.
  • Fete, family science days, mini festivals, science fairs.
  • Busking displays run in public venues, such as a supermarket, park or high street.
  • Hands-on workshops.
  • Debates and discussions with scientists.

At conversationsEAST we really warmed to the idea of a cross disciplinary event, say using musicians, artists and electronic engineers to devise an event using music, graphics and an introduction to audio-visual or web technology. The output of the engagement and learning to be put on the web, or streamed live, or turned into a music CD, for example.

As always, if there any Fellows in the region planning an event, we’d be happy to donate web resources from conversationsEAST to contribute to the work. Just let us know?

interneticon  You can read more on the British Science Association Science Week web pages here...

interneticon  See the Science Week funding guidelines here...

interneticon  When ready, you can download activity packs and sample flyers too…

We are looking forward to our Science Week in March 2015 already.



A new Arts Centre emerges in Ipswich


Ipswich Arts Centre in association with Ipswich Historic Churches Trust and Re-Create are to establish a new Ipswich Arts Centre at St Clement Church.


In early November there will be an evening of talks, discussion, music and refreshment to celebrate  the rebirth of St Clement as a new contemporary arts venue forming a bridge between the waterfront development and the town centre.


“The aim is to create a contemporary arts centre which will host national and international acclaimed acts in a diverse range of media including music, visual arts, performance, film and theatre. It will complement and support Ipswich’s existing cultural offer, placing Ipswich firmly on the regional and national cultural map.


The rebirth of St Clement as a contemporary arts centre aims to restore this beautiful 14th Century building, which provides a natural space for creative expression, where people can congregate and share in this experience”.


The opening of a new Arts centre in any community is a red letter day. The impending work at St. Clement is set in a long tradition of utilising redundant church property as theatres, community centres and libraries.


The creation of a new, full mix Arts Centre to add to the cultural context of Ipswich and East Anglia as a whole is very exciting indeed.


The project has already attracted media attention and has been featured on BBC news, The Stage and East Anglian Daily Times.
To discover more information about this new Centre and the role that UCS in Ipswich will play see…



Image of St.Clements: Geoff Pick [CC-BY-SA-2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons


Getting imaginative in Chelmsford

Vikki Heywood, Chair of the RSA, will be giving a presentation at Chelmsford’s Anglia Ruskin University on Wednesday 22nd October.

Her topic is the cultural aspects of First World War centenary commemorations. She chairs 14-19 Now, an organisation funded by the Heritage Lottery and Arts Council England, to produce a programme of commissions relating to the centenary.

This talk forms part of the RSA led Chelmsford ideas Festival. Booking is advised at … interneticon

The event starts at 6.30 pm and finishes at 8.00 pm.


THE ideas Festival in the East of England…


You can view, print or download a copy of the Chelmsford ideas Festival 2014 programme here.

Packed full of social, cultural, history and arts events to make a visit to Chelmsford a must this Autumn.

See you in Essex?







Kingfishers and the diary?

Now back in the diary for Thursday, 27th November at 10.30 a.m. – Kingfishers Bridge visit.

emailIcon4To book your place, please email

The project team at ‘Kingfishers’ are doing innovative things to establish and maintain the wetland for wildlife. The project web page has some fantastic video and images of the site.

Here is a sample of the work the project is doing with technology, creating interest for visitors and providing insights and understanding about the inhabitants of the wetland.

‘We have recently set up a series of high resolution colour and night vision nest box cameras on the reserve, and plan to install a number of high definition digital cameras in the larger boxes in the near future. We have several aims we hope to achieve using these cameras over the next few years, including bringing our friends closer to the breeding birds they help to support with a live video service on this website.

Video recordings of nests can give us a great deal of information on factors affecting good fledging outcomes here at Kingfishers Bridge. The live view of the Barn owls has already shown how weather conditions affect the hunting efficiency and prey types caught by the male Barn owl. We currently have cameras in the Barn owl and Tawny owl nest boxes, there is also a live feed of a Great tit and House martin nest here at the wardens office’.

(Narrative courtesy of the Kingfishers Bridge project).

You can see the Kingfishers Bridge project web site here and explore their work.

To see more details of our impending Fellows visit, there is more on our regional events page. Wrap up well and have a great day out.



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