Summer 2017 “pilot” activities
We ‘piloted’ several exciting activities over the summer and autumn of 2017, particularly across the school holidays, to test ideas from the developing Activity Plan for The Hold:
A touring exhibition – explored the story of the Red Barn Murder at Polstead, and used this as a springboard to explore other themes. The exhibition was free and toured venues right across the county. It was even reprieved for the Crime Festival at Stowmarket Library, 27 – 30 April!
The Red Barn Touring Exhibition, shown here at Stowmarket Library
An Oral History event was held at the Waterfront by the site of The Hold on 14 and 15 July.
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. The finished film can be viewed here.
There were also a series of travelling oral history ‘roadshow-style’ events for our ‘Great Suffolk Mantelpiece Project‘. These captured family stories based on the treasured objects and images on their mantelpiece or mantelpiece equivalent (e.g. a shelf, top of a sideboard etc.).
Some of the resulting stories captured can be viewed/heard here.
Blood Red Barn – a play based on the Red Barn Murder was researched, written and produced by a local Bury youth theatre group “Bring out your dead productions” (BOYD) with award-winning playwright Danusia Iwaszko.
The play was presented as a script-in-hand rehearsed reading at the following venues (all performances were ‘sold out!):
- Moyses Hall, Bury St Edmunds on Thursday 10 August
- Quay Place, Ipswich on Friday 11 August
- Polstead Village Hall on 12 August