Radion is a collaborative project that explores Basildon’s past and present with a focus on nature and heritage within the borough. Basildon Borough History, Basildon Borough Heritage, its volunteers and local people have been suggesting pieces of built heritage to be celebrated and remembered within the Borough. These images have been used to create a panorama depicting an alternative skyline of Basildon from a chronological perspective.

Students from ten local primary schools including Ryedene, Lee Chapel, Millhouse, Fairhouse, Pionner, Janet Duke, Noak Bridge, Great Berry, Northlands and Ghyllgrove School have all been exploring the importance of local nature through leaf rubbings and identification. The nature panorama depicts key green spaces around the borough with each leaf inserted (over 2,000) having been made by a different child.

Accompanying the screen is a series of QR codes which intend to animate the screen, from an audio history tour spoken by local people, a nature map showing where each schools leaves can be found and more.

 The Radion Project is funded by Basildon Council and Arts Council.

Image above: Radion Project takes its title from the old Laindon Picture Theatre, which was later called Radion. Photograph courtesy Peter Hayden and you find more info about the image here

Local Press
Basildon's optical illusion display to mark town's growth - click here
Old cinema remembered in new Basildon community project involving local schools - click here
Community project to explore Basildon's past and present - click here
Believe in Basildon - Spring Magazine - pg23 - click here
Radion Project by Lisa Horner - click here
Community project to explore Basildon’s past and present by Gateway Radio - click here

Behind the scenes of upcoming promo film

Ken Porter, Chairmen of Basildon Heritage (left) and Debbie Clark, Art Lead at Lee Chapel Primary School (right)

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