Chalkwell Hall (2009) documents Rachel Lichtenstein’s time in residence with the arts organisation Metal when she conducted intensive research to help them explore and understand the long history of their new headquarters Chalkwell Hall, in Essex.
Using a number of methodologies, including rigorous archival research, the collection of personal memorabilia, found objects and audio recordings, Rachel wrote a comprehensive essay on the history of Chalkwell Hall. She managed to trace the owners, tenants and occupants of the estate back to the 14th Century and uncovered stories of Viking raids, the Black Death, Celtic burial mounds, hidden natural springs and buried treasure. To accompany the essay, Rachel produced and directed a film (with Sean Groth), which documents her research process and the story of the house. The film is available to view at Chalkwell Hall as a permanent artwork. The limited edition publication is available directly through Metal.