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Take the Thick with the Light Exhibition

Stitching together the Stopher Story – Suffolk and World War One

17th May – 17th June 2021

The Hold, Ipswich

This story is about the lives of an ordinary Suffolk family during the First World War. It examines the connection between heritage, art and wellbeing through a series of letters sent to and from the Front, written by two brothers, George and Albert Stopher.

Take Thick with the Light retells the story of the Stopher family through stitching aspects of their lives; their portraits, the landscape around the village where they lived and the words they wrote about their experiences as soldiers.

Take Thick with the light also shows how taking part in projects like this can increase our sense of wellbeing by taking five simple steps – connect, take notice, be active, learn and give.

This project is led by Juliet Lockhart, Artistic Director of Lockarts, an arts in mental health organisation in partnership with the Suffolk Archives, The Hold, University  of Suffolk and was generously funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund