A Brush with the Past

ERM CIC received funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund earlier this year to carry out a multi-site project on the industrial heritage of brushes in Norfolk.  Concentrating on the towns of Wymondham, Attleborough and Diss ERM CIC have been working with young people to create animations, films and artwork.  The project will culminate in a celebration event at the Corn Hall on July 9th 2018.  Below are some pictures of the project so far.

This picture features young people from Roydon Primary School at Wymondam Heritage Museum

At the wymondham heritage museum


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New ERM site

It’s a new year and a new website beckons.


http://www.ermprojects.com has archive material from ERM projects, including video, photographs and documents relating to projects such as ‘Wish You Were Here!’, ‘Footprints, the shoe industry of Norwich’ plus up-to-date news on GoGoHares! and all our other wonderful projects!

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Wish You Were Here!

Wish You Were Here! celebrates the British seaside in, er, Cringleford!


July 4th 1.30 – 4.30 at Cringleford Primary School on Dragonfly Lane we celebrate all things seaside. Donkey rides, ice cream, donuts, Punch and Judy, shanty sing-a-longs with the Cringleford Singers, Cringleford Historical Society, deckchairs and knobbly knees!

Have your photo taken in our fun photo booth!


All for free.  I know.  How do we do it? Well, the Big Lottery have funded this intergenerational community event! Many thanks to Lottery players!

Youngsters from the school have been creating artifacts for an exhibition and will join in the sing-a-long!



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Summer fun!

Ater 20 days in the parks around Norwich the ERM team (Fiona and Tim) have put their feet up (only briefly).

Mask making, colourful carnival crafts and general glitter-based fun ensued as Norwich City Council’s PlayDays events team rolled into local parklands and entertained the crowds. This was the most attended of recent PlayDays and was enjoyed by many residents, some even following the troup to many of its locations!

Dave Doughnut provided Punch and Judy (!) and the circus skills team from Lost In Translation spent the summer with City Council events teams.

Here are some of the masks ERM made:

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Lord Mayor’s Celebration

ERMCIC worked with Alternative Education Community and Norwich Puppet Theatre this year to bring colour and fun to the street parade in Norwich.

The team worked tirelessly to create capes, headdresses and puppets to walk the city streets on Saturday 2nd July 2016.

One of the colourfully decorated yougsters taking part even made it to the front page of the Evening News!

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Pigeon Post – communication in WW1

7 June 2016

Pigeon Post – a look at communication in World War One.

ERM (Eastern Region Media) a Community Interest Company based in Norfolk are thrilled to announce that they are the recipients of a £9,900 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) through the First World War: Then and Now programme.

Thanks to National Lottery players, ERM will be working with Attleborough Academy, Fairland Residential Care Home and the wider Attleborough community on a series of events to mark the centenary of the First World War.

Izzy Mair of Attleborough Academy said “This will be ideal, as the objective is for students to develop life attributes, in particular leadership, communication, resilience, organisation and initiative, which the project will aim to do. In addition, it will give the students the opportunity to meet and interact with older people within the local community as well as an appreciation of how things were in times gone by”.

Fiona Muller of ERM added “We will be looking at how people communicated in a pre-digital age, no smart phones, texting or FaceBook. I am sure this will be a revelation to the young people. We are introducing them to pigeons who carried vital and often secret messages from the front-line”.

Tim Edwards, also of ERM, ran through the events, “On Friday 24th of June at The Connaught Hall in Attleborough we have arranged a free talk by local historian and author, Neil Storey. He will discuss the different modes of communication available at the time of WW1. Then on Tuesday 28th at Attleborough Academy the group of young people will meet a real homing pigeon in a talk with activities by The Royal Pigeon Racing Association’s Stewart Wardrop. We may even have one of Her Majesty’s pigeons from the Sandringham loft! The Academy will then visit Norwich Castle Museum and the Museum of Norwich at the Bridewell to see artefacts from the period and gain an insight into life one hundred years ago.”

Communication, and the way that we communicate is an essential part of everyday life and this project sets out to discover how people 100 years ago contacted one another. Great leaps forward in technology were happening and these marked a change in formal (telegrams) communication to the leisurely use of telephones for example.

The aim of the project is to have the young people create a silent film, contemporary with the times, that tells the story of the importance of communication. This will be shown to the community at an event later in July where the young people will talk about their research findings on the period. A DVD of the activities will be available and an online version of the findings will extend the reach of this Attleborough based project.

Xenia Horne from AndAction productions has been working with a group of older people at Fairland Residential Care Home in Attleborough. They have been learning songs of the period and, with Xenia on the harp, they will create a musical accompaniment to the silent film. Also the Academy members will be talking to the residents about their use of communication – telephones, telegrams, letters – and the important roles these have played in their lives.

If anyone has an interesting or unusual mode of communication or a related story we would be very pleased to incorporate their story into our findings. Please contact ermcic@gmail.com if you would like any further information on these events, or the project as a whole.


Please email ermcic@gmail.com for further information.


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ERM Busy

Fiona and Tim of ERM CIC have been rather busy with GoGoDragons!, Equal Lives Youth Forum showtime!, Norwich City Council’s PlayDays in the parks, intu Chapelfield craft club, etc

We would appreciate a nomination as Small Group in the EDP Norfolk Arts Award People’s Choice category this year. If you have two minutes please follow this link: http://www.norfolkartsawards.com/edp-choice-award-2015-nominations.html  Perhaps you could mention our community work with GoGoDragons! or same with Equal Lives Showtime production.

Many thanks

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Award Nomination!

ERM CIC are delighted to announce that we have been nominated for a Norfolk Arts Award http://www.hostryfestival.org/hostry-festival-guide-2013/the-norfolk-arts-awards-2013 for Education and Community Projects.  Wow!  The awards are given out in conjunction with the Hostry Festival http://www.hostryfestival.org/ and we are thrilled beyond!

Fiona and Tim recorded interviews for inserts before the awards, so they may even be on screen (the side of the camera that they normally don’t get on).

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Nelson’s County

ImageERM CIC have been entertaining the crowds at The Forum, Norwich with craft workshops to tie in with their fantastic exhibition ‘Nelson’s County’. For two days we made Nelson’s Hat, Treasure Island maps and youngsters spelled their names in flags using the International alphabet flags.


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Welcome to ERM CIC updates


Having completed a film and book on the theme of ‘What is Recovery?’ ERM CIC are planning a great adventure for the rest of 2013. Shhhh!, it’s just between us.

Check out our vimeo.com/ermcic page for films including the N-DAP Recovery film.

Do contact us at contact@ermcic.com with your views and reviews, suggestions and expressions.

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