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Celebrating our heritage and culture

Priorities Goals
Agree and implement a new Cultural Strategy​ that supports our cultural assets
  • Work with partners to deliver a collaborative Cultural Vision and Ambitions for the borough​.
  • Agree the key milestones and investment necessary to deliver the strategy​.
  • Continue to provide sustainable grant funding to support Mercury Theatre, Firstsite and Colchester Arts Centre and help the sector to adapt and recover from the impact of Covid-19.
  • Identify further opportunities to improve the cultural offer for residents and visitors.
Strengthen Colchester’s tourism sector and welcome more visitors each year
  • Promote Colchester’s heritage and visitor attractions to increase visitor numbers and to support jobs​.
  • Expand the events programme to encourage more visitors and position Colchester as a destination for major events.
  • Work with partners and the Town Centre Business Improvement District to improve the public realm for residents and visitors.
  • Improve the information available to visitors through the launch of a new improved website.
Protect, enhance and celebrate Colchester’s unique heritage​
  • Enhance and promote our heritage by better revealing our assets by supporting projects and initiatives to increase public awareness and access to their heritage in daily life.
  • Continue to deliver a major exhibition at Colchester Castle every two years.
  • Encourage and support the use of our heritage sites for community events, activities and theatre.
During 2020/21 we will​:​
  • Develop and agree a new Cultural Strategy in collaboration with partners.
  • Complete the Mercury Rising project​.
  • Deliver a major exhibition at Colchester Castle.
  • Launch a new visitor website.
  • Work to deliver a scheme redevelopment for Vineyard Gate car park to showcase the Town Wall and provide a welcoming arrival point for visitors to the historic town ​with interpretation and on-sit presentation of surviving archaeology and heritage assets.
  • Seek grant funding and implement schemes to enhance Balkerne Square and St Nicholas Square as new public spaces to showcase the adjacent assets.

Page last reviewed: 28 October 2020