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Over 1,000 engage with Pitsea Treasure Hoard project

10th March 2023
Posted by Johnny Jenkins

The recent Pitsea & Vange Treasure Hoard is now on public display as part of a
shared collection creating an historical legacy for Pitsea.

The hoard was a chance to come together as a community and create a collected archive of
what Pitsea contains, and what it means to each of the people who live here. This special
collection brings together the items and artefacts that Pitsea residents find most special and
most connected to the area. This new shared collection is being temporarily housed in a
public space, visitable by all, and will then be digitised for preservation.

Unique workshops were organised during the recent half term, allowing space for
storytelling, collaboration and fun and games, resulting in lots of lovely items on display until

The Pitsea Treasure Hoard has been commissioned by Creative Basildon and is
supported through funding from Arts Council England’s Creative People and Places
Programme. The project has also been part of Open Lab, one of Creative Basildon’s core
programmes that supports innovative and creative, community engagement projects within
neighbourhoods or town centres.

The Parrabbola team, a community arts and culture organisation with a specific focus on
bringing people together through theatre and storytelling, have been working in partnership
with Creative Basildon and The Pitsea Treasure Hoard. Skylar Mabry, project leader, says
1600 people in the area have engaged with the collection, “the hoard even includes a book,
over 130 years old, which was separated from its owner but will be reunited with his family
(great-great niece) in Hull after the display, due to the incredible work of a Pitsea local!”
The Pitsea and Vange Treasure Hoard is on display now until 11th March 2023, 10am-4pm at
The Place, Northlands Pavement, Pitsea. Email [email protected] for more details
or find them on Facebook / Instagram @Parrabbola