An online celebration of Essex 2020 – A Year of Science + Creativity.

With over 500 events, competitions, exhibitions and recordings, it has been a brilliant year of science, technology, engineering, the arts and mathematics (STEAM) right across Essex. This event took place on March 3rd 2021 online via Zoom. Watch in full – our special showcase of talks, videos and a look-back at an extraordinary year. Please note small sections of the audio and video have been muted or snipped for copyright reasons.  

Compere: Richard Freeman, CEO always possible Introduction: Councillor Dick Madden, Essex County Council Closing: Gavin Jones, CEO Essex County Council


Acknowledging and celebrating the men and women of Essex that have shaped history through invention and innovation. From Marconi to Margaret Cavendish, see how Essex’s pioneers have been brought back to life through music, theatre, story-telling and digital art.


In this year more than most, we’ve been asking big questions about the relationship between science, technology, imagination, curiosity and wellbeing – and Essex has never been more alive with ideas than it is right now. See some of the amazing Essex projects that are inspiring, educating and innovating in 2020.


From space science to electronic music, architecture to renewable energy – Essex has always been on the front-foot, with a spirit of experimentation and design. Find out more about the technology, creativity and engineering ideas that are going to shape the future.

The event featured, among many others:
  • Matipo
  • Little Stars Circus
  • Signals
  • Black Chapel Collective
  • Focal Point Gallery
  • Toddler STEAM
  • electric voice theatre
  • Essex Record Office
  • Chelmsford Science & Engineering Society
  • Sian Fan
  • Essex Book Festival
  • Chelmsford Waterways
  • Essex Police