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Taster days for Land and Shore Project

Posted by Suffolk Coastal and Waveney District Councils on 23 October 2018 | Comments

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A new heritage and creative arts project has launched across East Suffolk, offering residents the opportunity to become involved in the Lowestoft, Dunwich and Ipswich areas. 

‘Land and Shore’ was designed by Suffolk Record Office and the Voice cLoud and will explore the stories of three ‘lost’ communities across east Suffolk. 

‘Land and Shore’ will use local studies, books and archive sources available at Suffolk Record Office and elsewhere, to bring to life this important history for new audiences.  Over the next year or more, participants will be supported by a variety of history and multi-arts professionals to recreate the stories of these ‘lost communities’ in a fun and innovative way using drama and music, and to share their work through performance.

The Voice cLoud is an arts and music organisation who use the creative arts to promote heritage and culture and explore the positive impact of music and the arts on health and wellbeing. Working with a group of participants for each lost community, the Voice cLoud will identify resources and techniques which can be used to help these stories reach wider communities and new audiences.

The 3 taster days, 1 for each community, will offer people a chance to find out more about the project, the archival sources available, the potential stories that could be explored and about how the creative arts might be used to bring these heritage stories to life.  The tasters will include some ‘have a try’ exercises.

The dates for the taster days are as follows:

  • LOWESTOFT (focusing on the Beach Village, once home to a thriving community associated with the fishing industry)
    Friday, November 2nd, 1pm to 4pm – The Bethel, (Battery Green Rd, Lowestoft NR32 1DE)
  • DUNWICH (once an internationally important port, lost beneath the waves as the coastline changed)
    Monday, November 12th, 1pm to 4pm – Dunwich Reading Room (St James St, Dunwich, IP17 3DT)
  • ALTON WATER (an area of landscape, once home to Alton Hall and Tattingstone Hall, flooded in the 1970s to create a reservoir)
    Friday, November 23rd, 1pm to 4pm – Tattingstone Village Hall (School Road, IP9 2NA)

Cllr Paul West, Portfolio Holder for heritage, said:

“The Land and Shore project as the first in a new programme of heritage activities right across the county, will give participants a chance to explore and research the stories of ‘lost communities’ in a uniquely creative way, bringing Suffolk’s history to life through drama and music.”

“Spaces are limited, so make sure you book in advance so you don’t miss your chance to share in this exciting project.”

Stephen Amer, co-founder of The Voice cLoud, said:

“The Voice cLoud are excited to be working with Suffolk Record Office and are looking forward to exploring how the arts can be used to retell some historical Suffolk stories.” 

For more information, to book a place on a taster or to receive a participant pack, participants can contact sharing.suffolk.stories@suffolk.gov.uk or call 01473 264519. No experience is necessary and everybody is welcome to participate.