Project ID652
DescriptionThe Listening Bench on Southend Pier is intended for people to sit and at the press of a button learn about Southend and its people
TopicSocial history
TypeU3A-led research (SLP)
U3AThorpe Bay U3A
Southend Network
Leigh Estuary U3A
Southend U3A
Leigh on sea U3A
Southend Area U3As
Organization/partnerEssex Records Office, Sound Archive, National Lottery funded project
Year started2017
Source of
OutputThe recording panel on the bench is solar powered and will last for some years. It is hoped to carry out another project to record U3A members memories so that the recording can be updated. It is also possible to find out how many times the button has been pressed to ascertain public  usage. 
NotesThis was a project involving volunteers from 4 Southend area U3As. 10 members listened to many hours of recordings from the Sound Archive and selected sound bites. 4 members then learned how to use Audacity software to edit the material and add it to the recording apparatus on the bench. They also recorded introductions and instructions.