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Exhibition, Sat 4 Mar - Sun 23 Apr 2017


Often described as ‘a plant in the wrong place’, weeds are much undervalued, sometimes considered ugly, and generally unloved. Yet for all the negative press weeds receive, they can prove to be highly useful and have medicinal properties. Weeds are also recipients of common names that vary from community to community. Lotus corniculatus, for example, has also been given names such as Eggs and Bacon, Devil’s Fingers, Ground Honey Suckle, and Grandma’s Toes. These names reflect the different ways we look at weeds.
For her exhibition at Jaywick Martello Tower, artist Hannah Stageman researched the weeds that live around the tower. Selecting ten weeds in particular, she canvassed the public in order to discover the common names they knew the weeds by. She has reproduced the weeds as prints with the size of each edition being determined by the number of names collected. In this way she invites us to reconsider our community’s relation with these undervalued plants and see them under a whole new light.

Friday 3 March, 11am - Aromatherapy - The Herbals
Tina Mason returns to cover some of the common and not so common herbs, what they are used for and how to use them safely. An interactive talk with opportunity to smell the oils.
Friday 10 March, 11am - Colne Point
Explore the local landscape and wildlife with Essex Wildlife Trust Warden Bob Seago will give an illustrated talk of the wildlife on Colne Point reserve.
Friday 17 March, 11am - Dig4Jaywick Community Garden
Pride of Tendring winners Dig4Jaywick will talk about the development of the community garden, activities taking place, community involvement and the produce grown there.
Friday 24 March, 11am - You Are Hear in Jaywick: sound and a sense of place
What can listening to the sounds of the past tell us about the places we inhabit today? How might this change your perception of Jaywick, Essex, and beyond? Sarah-Joy Maddeaux, Archivist at the Essex Record Office will offer a preview of the material on the touring audio-video kiosk coming to Jaywick Martello Tower in April. You are Hear is a Heritage Lottery Funded project.
Friday 31 March, 11am - The Maltsters Tale: Mastery of Water Wind and Fire
Once there were one or more malt houses in almost every village in East Anglia. Malt and water are the basic raw materials of beer and malt whisky, and malt has been made from grain for thousands of years. Ivor Murrell, Master Maltster, and the last traditional floor maltster in Suffolk, will talk about the Art and Mystery of Malting -- those empiric skills using water, air and fire.

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Event details

Dates Times
Sat 4 Mar - Sun 23 Apr 2017


Admission: £2 per person or book all five for only £8. Includes complimentary refreshments.

Events at this Venue

date event
Sat 4 Mar - Sun 23 Apr Weeds Exhibition and Spring Talks Programme
Mon 4 Sep - Sun 29 Oct Coastal Open


Jaywick Martello Tower


Jaywick Martello Tower,
The Promenade, Belsize Avenue,
CO15 2LF



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Map reference: TM 136128  Lat: 51.77308 Long: 1.09465

Access: Jaywick Martello Tower has a wheelchair lift to the 1st floor, unfortunately not the roof due to the nature of the building.

Trains: Every hour from London Liverpool Street station to Clacton-on-Sea, check with National Railways before travelling.

Buses: Bus 10-11 from outside Clacton Station on left side of park. Bus stand does not show 10/11 but it is there. Get off at end of route, average time 20 minutes.

Parking: free

Accessible by Public Transport: 4 miles from Clacton-on-Sea station


  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Disabled accessDisabled access
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • Welcome HostWelcome Host
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups