Chelmsford events promise to get you thinking

Published: 14 October 2014 at 13:46

Anglia Ruskin is hosting 16 events during city-wide Chelmsford Ideas Festival 2014

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Free workshops and talks on subjects from the history of mental health and war to how to create a fictional character are taking place during this year’s Chelmsford Ideas Festival.

Anglia Ruskin University sponsors the festival, organised by Changing Chelmsford, and will host 16 events aimed at a variety of ages over a two-week period.

The festival will be launched by Chelmsford City Councillor Dick Madden on Monday, 20 October from 6.30pm until 7.30pm at the Chelmsford Campus in Bishop Hall Lane. The launch will be followed by a talk on Mental Health and War – Past, Present and Future, given by Professor Jamie Hacker Hughes, Director of Anglia Ruskin’s Veterans and Families Institute and President Elect of the British Psychological Society.

Another highlight is the visit of Professor Parasce Marconi, the grandson of Chelmsford’s most famous resident, Guglielmo Marconi. Speaking at Anglia Ruskin’s campus just yards away from the former Marconi factory, he will discuss his grandfather’s early history and how his development of wireless technology influenced space research (Wednesday, 29 October, 7.30pm-9pm).

On Tuesday, 21 October, you can find out more about the amazing satellite images we often see on the news. These pictures are captured by sensors made by Chelmsford-based firm e2v and this talk from 7.30pm until 9pm will examine our fascination with Mars, some of the myths that surround satellite imaging and a look at e2v’s future projects for space imaging and science.

Passing the Turing Test: How to create a character will see science fiction expert Professor Farah Mendlesohn speak about the many things that underlie the phrase “believable characters” and offer help and support in thinking through character-based fiction. It will take place on Wednesday, 22 October from 7.30pm until 9pm. Anglia Ruskin runs a Masters course in Creative Writing and would-be authors are sure to enjoy this event.

On Thursday, 30 October from 7.30pm until 9pm, a talk entitled Creating history: A civilian’s experience of the Second World War in Essex will reveal how the discovery of E. J. Rudsdale’s diaries told the story of a civilian’s experience of the conflict. The diaries tell how Rudsdale achieved his dream to work at Colchester Castle, but then watched as the world he knew was transformed by war.

Other events will cover topics from staying safe online to how to create a fantastic Fairtrade cake. For a full list and details of how to book, visit or call Rachel Moss on 01245 684723. All events are free.