Free dance performances and workshops in Gainsborough this May

A series of playful, imaginative and moving dance performances and workshops, from multi award-winning choreographer Katie Green, come to Gainsborough in May 2019.

The Imagination Museum: Mayflower 400, Made By Katie Green (Photography Owen Benson Visuals; Performers Sarah Blanc, Megan Griffiths, Lucy Starkey)

The Imagination Museum: Mayflower 400 is about determination and the extraordinary things that it makes ordinary people do, and is part of a three-year project leading up to the 2020 anniversary of the sailing of the Mayflower. Many of the passengers on board the Mayflower were from this area.

Saturday 11 May

Gainsborough United Reformed Church, Church Street, Gainsborough DN21 2JR

Performances at 11am and 2pm

In association with West Lindsey’s Churches Festival
Free to attend, but donations welcome, no tickets needed – just turn up on the day

Saturday 25 May

Gainsborough Old Hall, Parnell Street, DN21 2NB

Performances at 11.30am and 2pm

Standard entry charge applies 11am-5pm, no additional event charge

“Awesome. Grinned from ear to ear all the way through.” – Audience member

Free performances (40 minutes) will be repeated throughout the day.

PLUS: Join us for a free tea/coffee and a chat and dance/craft activities for children after all our performances.

In The Imagination Museum: Mayflower 400, 3 eccentric tour guides will lead you on a journey through history, using movement, text and music to explore what it was really like for many of the passengers from this area who travelled from England to America aboard the Mayflower in 1620.

Lincolnshire-born choreographer Katie Green says: “I am thrilled to be returning to Lincolnshire to respond to such a significant event in the area’s history. This is the very beginning of our Imagination Museum: Mayflower 400 project which starts this year in Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire and will travel via Hampshire to Plymouth in October 2020, in line with the journey that people from this area took 400 years ago.”

To find out more about how you can get involved in The Imagination Museum: Mayflower 400 project, contact katie@imaginationmuseum.co.uk and see www.imaginationmuseum.co.uk.

The Imagination Museum: Mayflower 400 project is produced by Made By Katie Green, supported financially using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England as part of the Strategic Touring programme, Hampshire Cultural Trust, The Box, West Lindsey District Council, Plymouth City, Nottinghamshire County and Bassetlaw District Councils and Surf the Wave, and also delivered in partnership with the Pilgrim Roots Regional Partnership, Transported, The Point, Plymouth Dance and Plymouth Culture.

From 2019 – 2020, the project will tour to more than 20 venues across the Midlands and South West of England, including museums, heritage sites, schools, community centres and churches. Each performance will be different, drawing on workshops with the local community at each venue to develop the core dance piece, and providing opportunities for community groups to perform alongside professional dancers. The project will see 5,500 people get involved in innovative dance and heritage events within their local community.

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Made By Katie Green is a contemporary dance company developing new ways of responding to historical artefacts and heritage sites through dance. Working collaboratively with a range of artists, we create stories that bring our shared past to life in new ways, and engage a broad audience, including those who are new to dance.

For more information about the company’s work visit: www.madebykatiegreen.co.uk

For more information about the national Mayflower 400 commemoration, please visit: www.mayflower400uk.org

New Imagination Museum website launched

Dance company Made By Katie Green is pleased to announce the launch of ‘The Imagination Museum’ website, a platform showcasing new ways of moving in museums.

The new ‘Imagination Museum’ website at www.imaginationmuseum.co.uk will:

  • document the journey of Made By Katie Green’s performance work of the same name
  • provide a new online hub for information about using dance to respond creatively to museum sites, collections, themes and ideas.

Created with Lincoln-based designers Root Studio, with support from Arts Council England’s Strategic Touring programme, visitors will be able to use the website to find out more about future performances of The Imagination Museum, a danced history tour performed by 3 eccentric tour guides. To date, The Imagination Museum has been adapted for more than 30 museums and heritage sites across the UK and seen by more than 6000 people.

“Fantastic, changed the way I thought museums could be made exciting, playful, vibrant and inclusive. Animated historical facts through high quality art”

– The Imagination Museum audience member

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The Imagination Museum: Mayflower 400 (Owen Benson Visuals; dancers Sarah Blanc, Megan Griffiths, Lucy Starkey)

Visitors to the website will also be able to find out more about other events happening using dance and movement in museums, read about the creative process involved in this work, explore case studies and helpful resources and join the Imagination Museum consortium. Members of this consortium will be able to share their own events, news, resources and opportunities, and have access to annual meetings at which they will be able to share ideas with artists and museums.

Director Katie Green says: “We’ve been involved in a lot of discussion around creative practice using dance and movement in museums and heritage sites over the past 6 years, and have come to realise that there is a desire from artists and museums for a place to bring together information about this kind of work. We hope to be able to use the new website as a place where we can open up our own process but also invite others to share examples of the great work they are doing. Hopefully the site and Imagination Museum consortium will make it a bit easier for artists and museums interested in collaborating to find each other.”

Join the consortium to help create a shared Imagination Museum space full of danced responses to museums, galleries and heritage sites. Visit www.imaginationmuseum.co.uk/consortium or contact katie@imaginationmuseum.co.uk.

The Imagination Museum project is produced by Made By Katie Green, supported financially using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England as part of the Strategic Touring programme.

The forthcoming Imagination Museum: Mayflower 400 project will respond specifically to the historic story of the Mayflower’s voyage from England to America in the lead up to the 2020 400th anniversary of the sailing of the Mayflower.

The Imagination Museum: Mayflower 400 project is also supported by Hampshire Cultural Trust, The Box, West Lindsey District Council, Plymouth, Nottinghamshire and Bassetlaw District Councils and the Surf the Wave programme, and also delivered in partnership with the Pilgrim Roots Regional Partnership, Transported, The Point, Plymouth Dance and Plymouth Culture.

Made By Katie Green is a contemporary dance company developing new ways of responding to historical artefacts and heritage sites through dance. Working collaboratively with a range of artists, they create stories that bring our shared past to life in new ways, and engage a broad audience, including those who are new to dance.

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.

 

Pilgrim Monument & Provincetown Museum forms partnership with Bassetlaw District Council

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Rick Brand of Bassetlaw Christian Heritage, Dr. K. David Weidner, Jane Lewis, Dr Anna Scott at Scrooby Church (PMPM photo)

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

Featured in Cape Cod Today: ‘PMPM Partners with Scrooby, England for the 400th Anniversary of the Mayflower Pilgrims’ Landing in Ptown’

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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