Taking Hold of History

Eboracum Baroque performing a piece by 18th Century Suffolk composer Joseph Gibbs - rediscovered for "Taking Hold of History"

Eboracum Baroque performing a piece by 18th Century Suffolk composer Joseph Gibbs – rediscovered for “Taking Hold of History”

An evening of poetry, music and theatre inspired by Suffolk’s past

Thank you to everyone who supported “Taking Hold of History” on March 17th at the Museum of East Anglian Life, in support of Friends of Suffolk Record Office and “The Hold” project.

The event was organised with help from University of Suffolk students studying Events Management, Hospitality and Tourism and using graphics designed by a Graphic Design student.  It acted as a launch for the Friends of Suffolk Record Office’s fundraising efforts for “The Hold” and as a profile-raiser for the project generally.

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Photography by Aaron Weight: www.aaronweight.co.uk

The evening mixed archives-based entertainment and fundraising activities with displays about “The Hold” and Friends of Suffolk Record Office.  Entertainment included:

  • rediscovered music from Suffolk’s archives, transcribed and performed by Eboracum Baroque. This included a rediscovered 18th Century Suffolk composer: Joseph Gibbs
  • poetry in Old English (evoking the era prior to written records) by Maria Legg and Stephen Pollington, and Modern English by James Knox Whittet, President of the Suffolk Poetry Society
  • a theatrical performance of medieval Suffolk myth “The Green Children of Woolpit” by the Red Rose Chain

Over 100 people attended on the night; attendees were encouraged to tweet using the hashtag #SuffolkStories.

Further photos of the event can be found on Suffolk County Council’s Flickr account here.