Woeful Puppet – Research In Action
We have been conducting practical Heritage Skills workshops, getting Archive and Research training and going on field trips to museums and galleries. And READING and READING.
The long process of sifting and collating begins early and here is a video made by our Digital Output Team of one of the steps in our research trail into the life of Lady Jane Grey.
With the St Katharine Cree installation coming up in June and work started on Sutton House installation we covered the Throckmortons and Anne Askew a lot in this session at Diorama Studios during our latest set of workshops and installation creating.
There was a recent photography tour of the City Of London to search for relevant Throckmorton and Lady Jane Grey heritage sites to support the Heritage Lottery funded installation at St Katharine Cree from June 19 2017.
Included was a visit to The Guildhall.
The Guildhall was built in 1440, but parts date to 1411. And where the trials of Lady Jane Grey, and the Protestant Martyr Anne Askew took place.
The Guildhall was also where the trials for the nobles involved in Wyatt’s Rebellion were held. The accused did not have legal counsel, but had to conduct their own defence. Tried for treason, the nobles were given the death penalty. Of the accused, only Throckmorton was acquitted. To get acquitted from a Tudor court, particularly when you’re accused of committing treason, was a very unusual thing. Throckmorton must have been a very skilled public speaker – and had many connections – to manage this.
Also visited was St-Sepulchre-without Newgate.
A historical plaque outside St. Sepulchre’s with some history of the church. Roger Ascham, a scholar and tutor to Elizabeth I and secretary of Mary I, worshiped here, while its vicar John Rogers was the first Protestant martyr burned by Mary I.
One of our researchers, Pauline Goldsmith, discovered an ancestor George Goldsmith was buried here in 1785!
Nellie Noodle, one of our Young Heritage Research Team members is through to the 2nd and 3rd rounds of interviews to work at the National Theatre on their Costume Apprenticeship scheme.
Nellie has volunteered and worked on many Unity Arts projects and we wish her all the very best!!
We held the launch of the Heritage Lottery funded WOEFUL PUPPET at St Mary’s Community Rooms in Hackney on 10 August. This project about the events that led to the execution of Lady Jane Grey attracted a lot of interest.
We were so pleased with the wonderfully diverse turnout (especially as its the holidays) and that so many people signed up for trips and training to gain the skills to install heritage exhibitions at St Katherine Kree, Sutton House and the Tower of London.
We will also be producing a documentary, sub-titled interviews with experts, colour booklet and online educational materials.
It was also a first outing as presenter for our volunteer Olivia who is hoping to learn heritage skills such as research and archive training and also installation skills such as how to be a Live Exhibit.
As previously we will be holding other outreach events throughout the project.
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On 10 August at 6pm at St Mary’s Stoke Newington, N16 we are holding the launch of our new Heritage Lottery funded project WOEFUL PUPPET.
This 18 month project will be looking at the political climate and events that led to the arrest and execution of Lady Jane Grey.
There will be refreshments, a presentation and a chance to sign up for project activities.
Unity Arts will be offering trips, training, events to attend and to create and this project will be delivering a documentary film, a colour book, education materials. In addition Exhibitions with Live Installations and Performances at St Katherine Kree, Sutton House and The Tower of London.
You can participate in any aspect of the project you wish.
Please feel free to forward this invite to anyone that you think will benefit from a high quality community research project with strong artistic outcomes.
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We are looking to a very exciting time ahaead!
Unity Arts successful bid for a Heritage Lottery Fund grant to deliver an 18 month project about Lady Jane Grey which will culminate in an exhibition at The Tower of London.
A launch will be held in Hackney in August. Watch this space for details!!!
Supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, Unity Arts will be mounting an exhibition to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the death of Edith Cavell.
This installation will be a reflection of the discoveries made about this extraordinary woman by our community researchers, artists, curators and Heritage Team.
Live events will include a lunchtime monologue, a lunchtime talk, the puppet show Jack’s Story, Video Oral Histories and heritage presentations.
We will also be offering all visitors a free commemorative booklet.
Details about these events and the memorial service on 12 October to follow.