ARTISTS and schoolchildren have created an exhibition about people living alongside the London to Tilbury railway line.

On The Line is a unique arts project by Metal, the arts organisation based at Chalkwell Hall, which is working to create artwork, photography, films and music that documents life on the c2c line between Thurrock and Shoebury.

22 schools are taking part and will show the finished work at Chalkwell Hall from Thursday, June 27 to Friday, July 26.

Robyn Llewellyn, head of the Heritage Lottery Fund East of England, which is supporting the project, said the youngsters had the chance to see artifacts dredged up from the works at the DP World superport in Stanford-le-Hope.

He said: “HLF are delighted to support Metal Culture’s exciting project about meaningfully engaging young people with their local heritage. The landscape of the Thames Estuary has so many fascinating stories to tell and the landscape continues to change, with the new London Gateway Port in Thurrock.

“This project will be a chance to use the archaeological evidence from the dredging work to explore this area’s rich heritage.”

The exhibition will be open from Wednesday until Sunday from 11am to 4pm or by appointment 01702 470700.

Chalkwell Hall is in Chalkwell Park, Chalkwell Avenue, Southend.