Sharing our history: 1953 Essex floods

Location: Clifftown Theatre, Southend, SS1 1EF
Date and time: 6 November, 14.00-16.00

Do you have memories of the East Coast flood of 1953, which claimed 58 lives on Canvey Island and a further eight at Harwich? As part of the Festival of Social Science, the University of Essex is hosting an oral history event next month in advance of the 60th anniversary of the floods, which took place on the night of 31 January 1953.

Chaired by Martin Astell, Sound Archivist at the Essex Record Office, the event will feature a short film about the floods and will hear from a local author, Patricia Rennoldson Smith, whose book on the floods: The 1953 Essex Flood Disaster: The People's Story will be published in November by The History Press. Two survivors of the floods will also share their memories of the night, and members of the audience, if they like, are invited to speak about what happened to them and their families.

This free event is open to all:

  •  people wanting to find out more
  •  those who can remember what happened or who had relatives who were involved
  • those wishing to share and record their memories.

Further information

Google map link to: SS1 1EF
Organised by: Fran Abrams, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Essex