Beyond the Point is an award winning organisation dedicated to revealing the unseen history of South-East Essex. Our mission is to archive and record the historic remains in your local area and to enlighten local residents on their local history. Our direct and hands-on approach sees the ‘BTP Boys’ adventure out and about to film, photograph and discover the local area. About UsOur excursions cover many areas within Essex and beyond, discovering old structures and surviving remnants from the past.
‘Beyond the Point’ was the name that we first thought of when we decided to set up a blog when we were out on a cycling trip around Two Tree Island. The name refers to going beyond the point of Canvey Island, where we both reside, and also beyond the point of perhaps your ‘average’ history.
Beyond the Point is a non-profit organisation, meaning that any donations or funds that we get go straight back into BTP. This said, we are mainly self funded by the money that Joe and Liam put into BTP. These costs cover the equipment, transportation including petrol, access to site, clothing and website maintenance. We are not a registered charity as we do not meet the requirements.
For some sites, it’s not always possible for us to film videos. This is usually due to timing constraints but could also be down to permission, transporting our equipment or we may feel that photographs showcase the location enough.
As we visit a variety of sites, getting permission to access them varies. For museums and special venues, we’ll contact the owner or company specifically. For derelict locations, the access is slightly different. Some can be accessed from public land and have no barriers stopping us, for example the Occidental site on Canvey Island which is partially a nature reserve. Other locations, such as a derelict house, may be boarded up. We will never force our way in or cause any damage so we cannot get into a site, we’ll take photos from the outside. “Take nothing but photos, leave nothing but footprints”.
We are always looking for new places to visit, whether they are museums or derelict factories so feel free to share them with us!