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Culture and Heritage

Thurrock has been inhabited by humans since prehistoric times so the area is steeped in history.

Thurrock is home to numerous archaeological sites and major excavations have taken place across the borough. In Mucking, core settlements were revealed with a time range of 3,000 years.

With cultural partners, Thurrock Council are developing plans which will enable all Thurrock residents to enjoy and benefit from high quality arts and heritage activity, creating a strong pride in place, better well-being and economic prosperity.

Today, a number of museums and historic buildings in the borough tell the story of Thurrock’s rich heritage, including the Thurrock Museum which boasts more than 250,000 years of local history in display cases with more than 1,500 objects.

Thurrock is also surrounded by picturesque and inspiring heritage sites, including the famous Tilbury Fort. Now owned by National Heritage, the fort was established by Henry VIII and is the spot in which Queen Elizabeth I famously rallied her army to face the threat of the Armada.

More recently, Thurrock was captured in history when it was featured in the scenes of several major films including Four Weddings and a Funeral, Batman Begins, and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.

For more information on Thurrock heritage, visit the council’s website here.