Changing Chelmsford – Ideas Festival 2013

Changing Chelmsford – Ideas Festival 2013

26 October – 3 November 2013

Changing Chelmsford is a community interest company with the mission to engage diverse sectors of the community in shaping Chelmsford’s future by holding events, providing forums for collaboration and by establishing Trusts.

This year’s Fesitval of Ideas – entitled Imagine – includes 65 events for all to think creatively about the past, present and future of Chelmsford. We are delighted to take part in the 2013 festival by hosting three events and having a number of Academicians involved in organising the festival.

For more information about the festival, please visit

Events hosted by the Academy:

Why does local place matter?
30 October 2013
Chelmsford Museum

In a world of glitzy shopping malls, the changing role of town centres and the internet… How do we relate to our home neighbourhood? Do shops, pubs, allotments, volunteering, play and worship actually make strong local places? This event looks at Chelmsford neighbourhoods, examples of local place initiatives elsewhere and how sustainable local economies make a great City. Following the presentation there is a practical look at producing a user’s manual for local places. Booking: Free

The real city – tour of Chelmsford
30 October 2013
Leaving from Chelmsford Museum at 13:45
Audience 12+

Our sense of the city starts from our local neighbourhoods. We will visit three local centres in
Chelmsford by bus and consider transport, services, place-quality and the special ingredients that make
character and vitality. Booking:

Imagine…you are Mayor for a day
30 October 2013
Anglia Ruskin University
Audience 12+

Chelmsford doesn’t have an elected mayor like Bristol or London. If we did…and it was you… What would your grand project be? Come and listen to Chelmsford citizens young and old envision our future, and cast your vote for your favourite idea. Would you like to write a visionary manifesto? Please let us know via and we’ll send you our guidance notes. Booking: Free or tel: 0845 1964723