New Defence is a co-operative arts organisation founded by artists, for artists. Our aim is to work with various underused UK based locations using art and education programmes to activate local areas and communities.

The New Defence team aims to bring to life the rich cultural artefacts that are held in storage by Thurrock council by digitising these objects and making them available for the public, artists and for educational use and to activate Coalhouse Forts unique exhibition potential. The project has been made possible with the generous support of Heritage Lottery Fund, Arts Council England and Thurrock Council.