Summer 2017 “pilot” activities

We’re ‘piloting’ several exciting activities over the coming months, particularly across the school holidays, to test ideas from the developing Activity Plan that accompanies The Hold.

The pilots include:

Moles, Cherries and Murder

Touring exhibition “Moles, Cherries and Murder”

A touring exhibition – exploring the story of the Red Barn Murder at Polstead, and using this as a springboard to explore other themes.  The exhibition will be free and can be seen at the following venues:

  • 1 – 5 August – Newmarket Library – see the library website for opening hours
  • 7 – 11 August – John Peel Centre, Stowmarket – open 10am-2pm
  • 12 and 13 August – Stowmarket Library – see library website for opening hours
  • 14 – 20 August – Haverhill Arts Centre – open 10am-4pm
  • 21 – 26 August – Lowestoft Marina Theatre – open from 10am
  • 27 August – Ipswich Multicultural Festival, Alexandra Park, Ipswich – noon until 6pm

Blood Red Barn – a play based on the Red Barn Murder will be researched, written and produced by a local Bury youth theatre group “Bring out your dead productions” (BOYD).

The play is being presented as a script-in-hand rehearsed reading at the following venues:

The performances all start at 7.00pm. Tickets are free but we recommend booking in advance as there is limited capacity at the three venues.  Order your tickets from the BOYD website

An Oral History event at the Waterfront by the site of The Hold on 14 and 15 July.  See here for further details.

A ‘TED-style talk’ – students from the University of Suffolk are writing, producing and performing a filmed inspirational talk on the theme of Fake News, exploring the nature of trust in archives. Want to be in the live audience?  Email:

There will then be a series of travelling oral history ‘mantelpiece’ events.  These will record family stories based on the treasured objects and images on their mantelpiece or mantelpiece equivalent (e.g. a shelf, top of a sideboard etc.)

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