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Pitsea & Vange Treasure Hoard

8th March 2023
Posted by Aston Avery

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 Saturday.

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