Children will get the chance to become film makers and learn about the history of communications at a fun digital storytelling workshop on Saturday 17 March at Sandford Mill, as part of the Essex Book Festival.

Children will write their own script and using the museum's collection of vintage Marconi equipment including cameras and green screens, as well as iPads, will be able to bring their story to life. The children will be filmed reading their script, supported by a host of items from the mill's collection, including images and settings to make the experience jump out of the screen.

The event will also let you discover the fascinating story behind Marconi and how the sinking of the Titanic helped the company gain worldwide recognition for its pioneering work. Dr Mark Curteis, Assistant Museum Manager, Curatorial and Learning, says: "Marconi's work revolutionised communication for radio, television, space and defence, and the mill is home to many important Marconi artefacts, many of which are on display and come to life in the mill's TV studio". Mark continued: "Children will be fascinated by the range of Marconi equipment the museum has and the digital storytelling will ignite their interest in this fascinating subject".

The workshop will run between 2pm and 5pm, and is strictly limited to 25 places, booking tickets in advance is highly recommended as there will be no bookings available on the day. Tickets are £6.50 or £25 for a family (4 person) ticket and available by phoning 01245 605700 or online at

Sandford Mill is part of Chelmsford Museum and is located at Sandford Mill Road, Chelmsford, CM2 6NY.

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