A Day in the Life of Colchester

Colchester24 would like to thank the following orginastions for sponsorship of this project
Colchester24 Foundation Members
  • Colchester Business Group
  • Colchester Borough Council
  • Colchester Garrison
  • Colchester & Ipswich Museum Service
  • Colchester Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust
  • Essex County Newspapers
  • Flakt Woods
  • Kent Blaxill
  • Waitrose

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Colchester 24 was a huge success. Almost 10,000 images have been received.

In 1986, from noon on Friday 24th October to noon Saturday 25th October over fifty local photographers from 4 photographic clubs captured over 800 images of daily life in and around Colchester, Essex, UK

Twenty five years later this was repeated with the daily activities of the town captured again

Bargain Hunt - copyright Charlie Goodge 2011

On this occasion advances in technology allowed nearly 200 local photographers capture approaching 10,000 images on their camera phones, compact cameras and professional Digital and Film SLRs from noon on Friday 21st October 2011 to noon on Saturday 22nd October 2011 and contributed these to the 2011 Day in the Life of Colchester photographic archive

As part of "The Great Colchester Photo Shoot", Colchester24 has also published a book about the event in 2011 and its predecessor 25 years earlier in October 1986. The book is available NOW for just 15 from Red Lion Books in the High Street.

Thank you all for your participation. The images have been collated into one on-line database, please have a browse through the images.

This project was partly funded by the Royal London Foundation which is managed by Essex Community Foundation.
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