B2.2 Community Mapping

Community Mapping Land of the Fanns 100 Stories Project   

Kinetika is a Purfleet based arts organisation and we are working with Land of the Fanns to deliver a Community Mapping project. We are inviting local people and communities to identify and celebrate 100 Stories gathered in response to the different Landscape Character Areas within the Land of the Fanns area.

In March and April 2020 there will be free creative workshops in film-making and the silk painting process known as batik to create the 100 silk flags. The culmination of the work on the stories and flags  will be the Walking Arts Festival being planned for May/June 2020.

Over 2019 and early 2020 we are collecting in stories, see below.

Call out for stories

We are searching for the top 100 stories in the Land of the Fanns. Send us your top story from one of your favourite and most valued places in your local area.

See above for a map of the Land of the Fanns and sites to explore, plus downloadable guidelines for story themes and a Story Form to write your story on here:

Intro and Guidelines – LotF 100 Stories

Story Form – LotF 100 Stories

Kinetika is running free workshops across the Land of the Fanns and inviting local people to come along and share their tales, histories, myths and legends about the places they live, love or that have special memories for them.  There are two different workshops on offer to help gather the 100 stories: informal writing workshops and drawing workshops to help illustrate the stories. The workshops are free and are open to all. No previous experience of story telling or drawing is necessary. The workshops will be led by professional artists: Ali Pretty, Artistic Director of Kinetika and Jo Beal, both of whom are very experienced in working with communities and running friendly, fun, relaxed session for everyone to enjoy and at which to feel welcome. They will help illustrate the stories in a simple, bold way, so that the illustration can be used as designs for silk flags.

To book free drawing or writing workshops over winter 2019/2020 please click here.

When you are ready please send us 500-1000 words, a couple of photos and even a drawing.

Some handy tips for you to get started:

  • What’s your top story? Give it a title
  • What is it about? Describe the landscape.
  • Where does it take place – a visual description, colours, smells, sounds.
  • What’s beneath your feet, what’s around you, what’s on the horizon?
  • Can you see the river, a lake, a pond?
  • Are there any insects, birds, creatures moving around?
  • Is the story about the past, the present or the future? Or all of the above?
  • What’s the main object, who is the main character – describe them.
  • What were they doing, what are they going to do?
  • What did they say, did you have a conversation? Capture a quote.
  • Did the landscape/the person have an impact on you?
  • How do you feel about your story/the experience you had visiting the site?
  • Do you have a role in looking after it? Would you like to be more involved with protecting its future?
  • Does your story feature a local building, piece of land or viewpoint which you consider to be of particular value to the local community? Find out more about what a Community Asset is here.

o Add a drawing – which could be a simple map or diagram, or an illustration of nature, wildlife or a building.
o Add a photo too that sums up your story and give it a caption.
o Submit your stories by Sunday 19th January, either by email or post.

Email: jo@kinetika.co.uk
Post: Jo Beal, Kinetika, 119 Artists Studios, High House Production Park, Off Purfleet Bypass, Purfleet, Thurrock RM19 1AS


The ‘Community Mapping’ project is comprised of three elements, relating to the recording, sharing and protecting of community valued heritage across the landscape. The project will commence in Year 2, building on the narrative framework enabled by the Land of the Fanns book synposis (B1.1) and the recording of historic features in the ‘Designed Landscapes’ project (B2.1) both starting in Year 1.


The first element – recording – will entail reaching out into the community to capture feelings and memories that can be mapped against heritage sites across the Land of the Fanns area. To kick start this process (which commenced on a limited scale during the development phase), up-front training and support in heritage research and recording will be provided so that a core group of volunteers can be involved in collecting the information and stories. Throughout the rest of the LotF LPS, further rounds of story collection will take place to develop an archive of information and to ensure that a wider range of people can participate in the project. The ongoing commitment to gathering information will also allow the project to be tweaked as needed during the scheme in response to volunteer and community feedback.

There could be an opportunity to link this project to the Arts Trail/Festival (D2.2), working with artists to capture stories and memories in creative ways. This could help ensure linkages between the cultural story of Land of the Fanns, and a wider arts-led festival that reaches a wider audience. This opportunity will be explored further during Year 1 of the Scheme.


The second element of the project – sharing – will ensure that the information gathered from the community is easily accessible via the various digital and physical channels created by the Landscape Partnership Scheme. In particular, this information will be linked to specific points and areas on a Land of the Fanns map so that the significance attributed by the community to identified heritage sites can be clearly identified. This will be supplemented by a programme of local events/lectures so that volunteers can share their findings and stories. The stories will also help inform some of the walks (D1.1)


The third element – protecting – will see specialist planning support commissioned during the second half of the Landscape Partnership Scheme to help create a case for adding community mapped heritage sites to local place-making related frameworks (e.g. local heritage lists in planning; community assets lists). This will include assessing the legislative opportunities available at the time. Where relevant, the cultural map of the landscape will be factored into the Landscape Management Plan (A1.1) in order to shape operational delivery as relevant. The purpose is to ensure that developments that might affect locally loved heritage assets are required to factor in the identified significance as part of any decisionmaking framework. This will support the legacy for the Landscape Partnership Scheme as a whole.

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Upminster, Essex RM14 3NS

01708 642970

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