The Henry and Joyce Collins Murals | Family Activity Trail

Suggested for families with children 4 - 12 yrs.


A trail full of family activities to explore Colchester’s murals. Pick up a map from Firstsite’s welcome desk, full of things to see, do and find. Choose your own route and adventure! Suggested for families with children 4 – 12 yrs.

Suggested materials to bring along on your adventure:

  • Camera/phone
  • Compass or compass app
  • Wax crayon
  • A4 or A5 paper
  • Balloon
  • Pencil

Part of the Colchester Southway Murals Restoration project to reinvigorate and celebrate the significance of the concrete and mosaic murals dotted across Colchester’s pedestrian subways, made in 1972-3 by local artists, husband and wife team Henry Collins and Joyce Pallot. A Colchester Civic Society and Colchester in Bloom initiative, made possible with the support of the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Find, with additional funding from the Hervey Benham Trust, Essex Heritage Trust and individual donations.

The trail map is designed by artist Sarah Sabin Sarah lives and works in Colchester. She has been an artist and educator for over twenty years. Sarah creatively interprets and reimagines places and their histories in her art work, through making, public participation and site specific projects in the public realm.

Graphic design by Lee Thomas

Find out more about the murals and their restoration by watching Signals documentary below, where they worked with a group young filmmakers to bring the murals to life through stop motion animation.