Artist Rachel Carter’s Spirit of Mayflower Project begins

Nottinghamshire artist Rachel Carter begins her ‘Language of Sculpture: A Spirit of Mayflower 400 Project’ this week – and has posted her plans:

“This new project will aim to digitally capture and bring knotting it into the modern age whilst still retaining the touch of the hand. I’ll explore storytelling, visual art and history through the textural language of sculpture.

Exploring migration and family history, and inspired by the Mayflower story, I’ll be creating a modern version of the Atlantic crossing, then encounter the woven history of the Wampanoag tribe of America held at the Peabody Museum at Harvard University.

This two year project will begin this week with a twin Artist residency at Nottingham College learning Computer Aided Design and at Nottingham Trent University learning scanning and digital mapping.”

Rachel works from her Garden Studio, and has worked on large scale sculpture for the garden and smaller intimate sculptures for the home.

She is interested in developing innovative techniques; her sculptural work often features abstract fluid or geometric shapes that take inspiration from the patterns found in nature. She specialises in using hand weaving techniques for a range of materials, including wax, wire, paper and cord.

“Hand processes such as weaving, knotting & tying, crochet and even corn dollie weaves have allowed that repetition to flourish to a point where my hands can almost sculpt independently of thought.

Challenges push me in some interesting directions, underpinned by my love of research, history and hand processes. I fill endless notebooks questioning stages and noting progress, sketching is a large feature of this creative process.”

We look forward to hearing more about Rachel’s plans for her Spirit of Mayflower project, as she applies her interests to thinking about the historic voyage, the Pilgrims’ journeys, and the encounters they had on the way.

Pilgrim Heartlands Trail highlights stories about local Mayflower Pilgrims

A new Pilgrim Heartlands Trail has been produced jointly by Bassetlaw District Council and Doncaster Council.

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The leaflet, available from local Tourist Information Centres, libraries and churches along the trail, and downloadable from Bassetlaw and Doncaster Council’s websites, covers the local villages in North Nottinghamshire and South Yorkshire that are steeped in the history of William Brewster and William Bradford; a history that most local people are familiar with.  But this new Heartlands leaflet brings further, little known facts about the families that embarked on that seminal voyage aboard the Mayflower.

Until now, little has been told about the women and children who bravely followed their husbands, firstly to Holland and then on to America, but now,  thanks to research conducted by historian and tour guide Sue Allan, the Pilgrim Heartlands Trail adds previously unfamiliar named villages to this area’s history.  Villages such as Tickhill, Arksey and Braithwell in South Yorkshire join Clarborough and Carlton in Lindrick on the trail, and much more information has been discovered about Pilgrim Susannna White-Winslow and her connections to Scrooby Manor.

Sue Allan, Chair of the Pilgrim Fathers Origins UK Association, said “In the past, history books have focused upon the men connected to the story of the Separatists who became Mayflower Pilgrims  and with little attention being paid to that of the women.  Without the women, we have only half of the story and even after recent discoveries, I know that there is still much more to be revealed. I expect the Pilgrim Heartlands Trail will soon need a reprint!”

Bassetlaw District Council and Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council have been working in partnership to promote the history of the Mayflower Pilgrims for over 10 years.  They are both founder members of Pilgrim Fathers Origins Association, the Mayflower 400 National partnership which was created to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the Pilgrims reaching America in 1620, and the regional Pilgrim Roots group, that aims to continue joint participation across county borders beyond 2020.

For those interested in finding out more about new information featured in the Heartlands Trial, Bassetlaw District Council is holding its annual Illuminate Event in Scrooby on Thursday 22nd November.  A service will be held at 5.00pm in St Wilfrid’s Church featuring a talk by Sue Allan and a recital from Scrooby Manor’s own Kamilla Dunstan.  This will be followed by a lantern parade through the village.  The event is open to all, please confirm your attendance by email to Sandra.withington@bassetlaw.gov.uk.

 

Retford’s Pilgrims Festival 2018

PILGRIMS FESTIVAL – November 2018

Bassetlaw Christian Heritage are hosting a range of events for this year’s Pilgrims Festival in Retford, Nottinghamshire.

Free lantern-making workshops

Free lantern-making workshops – make a lantern and join the parade in Retford on Tuesday 20 November.

Tuesday 30th October – 10am – 4pm, with artist Jessica Kemp at Retford Library
Friday 2nd November – 10am – 4pm, with artist Kirsty Champ at Bassetlaw Museum, Retford

Thanksgiving Dinner

Venue: Spencer’s on the Square, Retford
Thursday 15th November 6.30pm for 7pm
3 course dinner plus entertainment from Adam Schofield and Jessica Mary Brett (£29.95) Call 01777 800230 to book

Pilgrims Art Exhibition

Featuring art inspired by the Pilgrims Story

Venue: Babworth Parish Church, near Retford
Saturday 17th November 10am – 4pm with a talk by local historian Adrian Gray at 11am
Sunday 18th November 12pm – 4pm- see working embroiders and artist
Refreshments available

Parade & Performances

RetfordTuesday 20th November
5.30pm: Parade from Carolgate to St Swithun’s Parish Church
6pm: St Swithun’s all age event, led by Rev Mark Cantrill, with the Elizabethan Academy, Katie Green’s Imagination Museum: Mayflower 400 and the Songbirds
7pm: the ‘400’ photograph, then refreshments for all in the Church

Music at Worksop Priory

Monday 19th November 7pm for 7.30pm
International Harpist Leah Stuttard
£10 entry incl. mince pies & mulled wine

Friday 23rd November 7pm for 7.30pm
Doncaster Waites: Music from the Pilgrims’ streets
£10 entry incl. mince pies & mulled wine

Supported by funding from, and delivered with the support of:

  • Arts Council England
  • Bassetlaw Christian Heritage network
  • Bassetlaw Museum
  • Diocese of Southwell & Nottingham, Church of England
  • Elizabethan Academy
  • Made by Katie Green
  • Retford Business Forum
  • Retford Civic Society
  • Retford Library (Inspire)
  • Retford Lions
  • Retford Rotary
  • Spencer’s on the Square
  • TLS

Scrooby’s Illuminate 2018

Scrooby Illuminate Event

Thursday 22nd November 2018

Bassetlaw District Council’s Illuminate event this year will take place in the historic village of Scrooby, with its renowned Pilgrim connections.

The event will begin with a service at St. Wilfrid’s Church at 5pm, including a talk by historian Sue Allan on ‘The Forgotten Pilgrim Women’, followed by a recital from
Scrooby Manor’s own Kamilla Dunstan.

At 6:15pm there will be a lantern parade around the village with local uniformed groups, ending at the Village Hall.

At the Village Hall, students from Retford’s Elizabethan Academy will perform an interpretive drama about the Pilgrim Children’s journey.

Refreshments will be served.

Please RSVP to Sandra Withington – sandra.withington@bassetlaw.gov.uk

Would you like to make a lantern & participate in the Parade?

Artist Jessica Kemp will be at Scrooby Village Hall on Monday 29th October from 1pm until 5pm and everyone, regardless of age or ability, is invited to drop by and learn how to make their own star lantern. All materials are provided and the event is free.Scrooby Illuminate 2018

Gainsborough’s Illuminate 2018

Gainsborough’s Pilgrims Illuminate event this November

Pilgrim Roots Commemoration Receives Arts Council Funding.

Thanks to a grant from Arts Council England, Gainsborough will host its second Illuminate event on 21st November.

West Lindsey District Council have been awarded £15,000 for a second commemorative event to mark the heritage of the Separatists and Pilgrims, some of whom sailed on the Mayflower to America nearly 400 years ago, continuing the countdown to 2020’s anniversary.

Cllr Sheila Bibb, Chairman of the Prosperous Communities Committee at the council said: “We are delighted to be able to continue to have a town centre lantern parade here in Gainsborough again this year, and look forward to new and exciting developments for our arts-led Illuminate heritage project.

“There will be the opportunity for all to take part, with free lantern-making workshops in the coming weeks for members of the public to join and create their own lanterns with the chance to come and join the parade through the town centre.”

Workshops are also taking place in schools in the area with professional artists who specialise in willow art, lanterns and festivals. Training sessions for the leaders of uniformed groups are also planned, so that more people can take part in the making and parading. This year’s theme is ‘Pilgrim Children’.

Free public workshops will take place at the following locations and times in Gainsborough:

  • At the X-Church Expo on Wednesday 24 October from 10am-2pm
  • Trinity Arts Centre on Thursday 25 October from 9.30am-12.30pm
  • The United Reformed Church on Saturday 10 November from 10am-4pm
  • Connexions Community Hub on Saturday 17 November from 10am-4pm.

The event will begin for participants with registration at the United Reformed Church from 5.30pm before a performance involving new dance project ‘The Imagination Museum: Mayflower 400’ at 6pm. A lantern parade through town will follow from 6.30pm, gathering in the grounds of All Saints Parish Church on Wednesday 21st November.

The parade will stop at Gainsborough Old Hall, before moving to the Market Place and finally ending in Marshall’s Yard.

A combination of performances, music, lanterns and artist commissions will create an exciting event for this year’s Illuminate in Gainsborough, which is also supported by Gainsborough Town Council and Bassetlaw Christian Heritage.

As part of the national Mayflower 400 partnership, Illuminate events will be happening across the country during the third week of November, coinciding with Thanksgiving in America.  Places as far apart as Plymouth, Dartmouth, Southwark and Southampton will each stage Illuminate events.

Retford’s parade will be on Tuesday 20 November as part of Bassetlaw Christian Heritage’s ‘Pilgrims Festival’, and Boston – also connected to the Pilgrims’ story – host their parade on Thursday 29 November. It is through collaborative working with Transported in Boston alongside Arts Council England funding that this year’s parade has been made possible. This year will also see an Illuminate event in the Pilgrim village of Scrooby, led by Bassetlaw District Council.

Find out more about Gainsborough’s Pilgrim heritage and West Lindsey’s partnership in the official Mayflower 400 project at www.mayflower400uk.org and www.pilgrimroots.org.

For the latest news on West Lindsey District Council visit: www.west-lindsey.gov.uk

Or follow us @WestLindseyDC or find us on www.facebook.com/westlindseydistrictcouncil

Photo credits: Electric Egg

Pilgrim Monument & Provincetown Museum forms partnership with Bassetlaw District Council

Bassetlaw District Council has formed a partnership with the Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum (PMPM) based in Massachusetts, USA, where the Mayflower first moored when it arrived in America in 1620. The partnership’s goal is to strengthen ties, both cultural and educational, between the two regions in conjunction with the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower’s voyage. Bassetlaw District Council produced a video in support of their grant submission to the Heritage Lottery Fund to further their activities to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the Pilgrims departing England for America, and PMPM Executive Director Dr David K. Weidner is featured in this video as he was interviewed during a visit to Bassetlaw District in July.

Find out more about PMPM here: https://www.pilgrim-monument.org/

Hear about BDC’s HLF project here: https://youtu.be/QGplWy7PDrU

Over 400 Years in the Making: Heritage Lottery Fund  helps tell the Pilgrim Roots Story

More than 400 years after the Pilgrim Leaders, William Bradford and William Brewster, escaped religious persecution in Bassetlaw and began their arduous journey to the New World, the origins of their story will be retold, thanks to a National Lottery grant, awarded through the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).
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HLF East Midlands have approved the Pilgrim Roots project, which will see £776,000 worth of investment into the Roots area (North Nottinghamshire, South Yorkshire and West Lindsey). HLF have committed almost £450,000 to the total sum.

This brings to fruition four years of hard work, putting together a bid that will really enable North Nottinghamshire and Gainsborough to shout about our famous Pilgrim ancestors and position Bassetlaw and surrounding areas at the forefront of commemorative plans for 2020, which is the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower reaching America.

What does this mean for North Nottinghamshire?

A state of the art Pilgrims Gallery at Bassetlaw Museum in Retford that will be interesting, educational and fun, giving families an opportunity to find out more about William Brewster of Scrooby, William Bradford from Austerfield, and the other familiar names including Clifton, Smyth, Robinson and Carver who are all associated with this area as well as the views of the native Americans they encountered in the ‘New World’.

An enhanced Pilgrims Trail with new interpretation boards at eight key sites that each have their own stories to tell, underpinned by a dedicated new website containing information on history, ancestry, news and events.

And the funding will allow Bassetlaw District Council to employ two new members of staff for a three-year period to tell the story of how the Pilgrims’ Journey began.

The Heritage Engagement Officer will visit schools and groups across the Roots area equipped with dressing up costumes, learning boxes and lesson programmes to increase knowledge and pride in our ownership of the Separatist part of the Mayflower story.

The Project Support Officer will act as an intermediary, working with tour operators and individual visitors to ensure churches are open, tour guides organised, transport arranged and hotel and restaurant facilities booked.

Commenting on the difference the Heritage Lottery Grant will make, Cllr Jo White, Deputy Leader at Bassetlaw District Council said:

‘We are absolutely thrilled to receive this funding. At last we will have a fully staffed Gallery dedicated to the Pilgrim story, from where we can signpost visitors around Retford on a mini-Pilgrim trail including St Swithun’s and the Pilgrim Room at Retford Hub and then on to the surrounding villages where our Pilgrims lived and worshipped.  This visitor experience is going to be greatly improved and will be a positive impact on our local economy. It will attract many new visitors to our area and gives US descendants who have previously visited a reason to return.’

Jonathan Platt, Head of HLF East Midlands, said: ‘We are delighted to support this project that will resonate with visitors from both sides of the Atlantic, making Bassetlaw a prime destination as the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower approaches, and it is the generosity of National Lottery players that is helping to make this possible.’

A year-long calendar of events had been planned to coincide with the Mayflower 400 commemorative year, starting with Illuminate in November 2019 in Retford and ending with a headline Illuminate event in 2020. These events are part of the national Mayflower 400 Compact partnership led by Destination Plymouth and Plymouth City Council.  However, HLF funding enables the calendar to extend to an 18-month period as it will begin with the opening of the Pilgrims Gallery in Retford in Spring 2019 followed by the official launch of the Pilgrims Trail in Summer 2019.  Other activities include a lecture series, festivals, touring exhibitions, photography and short story competitions, music and drama.

John Mann, Member of Parliament for Bassetlaw and Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for the Mayflower Pilgrims said:

‘Thanks to HLF for recognizing Bassetlaw as this small fragment of England where values of liberty, justice and tolerance have spread across the world. These values are intrinsic themes within the Pilgrim Roots bid and I am proud that HLF share my confidence in our ability to tell this story on a local, national and international platform in 2020’.

The Pilgrim Roots project is a partnership led by Bassetlaw District Council with support from West Lindsey District Council, Nottinghamshire County Council, Bassetlaw Christian Heritage and the University of Lincoln.  The project will run from September 2018 until September 2021.

Mayflower 400 is a partnership of 11 destination across UK that all share a part of the Mayflower story and includes Leiden in the Netherlands and Plymouth, USA

About the Heritage Lottery Fund

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