Celebrating Essex 2020

Commemorative hub plate designed by local artist and hub member Elaine Tribley.

With over 500 events, competitions, exhibitions and recordings, it has been a brilliant year of science, technology, engineering, the arts and mathematics (STEAM) right across Essex. As Essex 2020 -Year of Science & Creativity draws to a close, plans are actively underway to build on this legacy in 2021.

Chelmsford’s Essex2020 contribution was co-ordinated through our Chelmsford Hub, a multi-sector, creative and resilient group who delivered a host of events and activities throughout the year, despite the challenges of the pandemic. You can see some of what went on in this short film hub members made for our end of year reflection.


Through Ignite Chelmsford City Council directly funded 14 Essex2020 projects

‘Current’ — Sian Fan / Essex Cultural Diversity Project

Wilding Chelmsford — Resonance HQ

Design for Light Trail — Ideas Hub

Connect — Black Chapel Collective



















A further £8k was awarded to 5 Chelmsford-based projects including Little stars GCSE circus science Access all Little Stars Circus Science GCSE resources now | Essex 2020, Chelmsford City MENCAP STEAM club (2) City of Chelmsford Mencap | Facebook  and Virtual Tours for Chelmsford Heritage Open Days Chelmsford Civic Society – YouTube

You can read more about all these projects at www.essex2020.com where you can also find resources, watch videos, find art based activities and listen to podcasts, many of which feature Chelmsford based activity.

Access to funding was just a small part of the hub. Together we built up a really friendly and creative community, supporting each other to develop ideas, put on events and find ways to make things happen! Members found real benefit in the positive and action focused role of the group, describing it as “Being part of creating a vibrant City”.

Perhaps the biggest strength of the hub has been joining together through a shared sense of purpose. and there is unanimous support for it to continue beyond Essex2020.

83% of respondents felt it was good the hub was happening locally.

82% agreed it had helped them feel more connected.

The council is committed to finding ways to continue to support the work of the hub, and the momentum and relationships that have developed. We will be reporting back on this soon.

 The Essex2020 finale event will be held on March 3rd 2021, 5:00-6:30pm online via Zoom. Everyone is welcome to join this showcase of talks, videos and a look-back at an extraordinary year. Come help us celebrate and be inspired. You can  Book now

Going forwards members see a role for the hub in coordinating Chelmsford based activity and developing city wide projects .  We are already collaborating on plans for Heritage Open Days 2021, growing the Light Festival and celebrating Chelmsford’s connection to the birth of the BBC in 2022. And there are lots of other ideas!

If you would like to join the hub or have ideas for events or activities you would like to see in the city, this friendly, action focused group is always open to new members. Please contact us through hello@Ignitechelmsford.org.uk