She writes here of delivering a talk to a mixed community group and how she “was excited to have a chance support the work of Unity Arts” and “a group of young kids gathering at the front; I hadn’t anticipated having so many young people in the audience”.
This talk was well received. And Unity Arts continue to work as a bridge between academia and the community.
We very much look forward to working with Zoe Hudson in the future.
Along with some facets of Lady Jane Grey’s story we have interpretations and reactions from a wide spectrum of contributors via prose, poetry, images and artwork.
With support from the Unity Arts Heritage Team via workshops and meetings participants were encouraged to write to deadline, source images and think about the overall look of the booklet.
This was also an opportunity for participants to manage an activity and heritage output. Lewis J Phillips took the role as Editor and Michael Cheetham as Cover and Booklet Designer and the Costumes are Designed by Isabel Walters.
We hope you enjoy reading this unique heritage output.
There also are plenty of interesting Lady Jane Grey research resources created by our participants and experts Lady Jane Grey Resources
On 12 February 2018, the anniversary of the death of Lady Jane Grey, Unity Arts delivered a community created installation in the New Armouries at the Tower Of London.
This event was a culmination of all the research and responses of the various Unity Arts teams to the life and early demise of the Nine Day Queen.
The exhibition looked absolutely stunning and the work on display and in performance was of a high standard and created with care.
There was artwork, research, individual projects, costume, films, and Live Events from Dr Zoe Hudson, Dramatisation of Primary Sources including letter and poem extracts in Lady Jane Grey’s own words and programme from the Hackney based community choir, Silver Songbirds.
Also the Unity Arts Heritage Team’s booklets, essays and papers were available for distribution and over 400 copies left the room that day.
The room was absolutely packed with a completely mixed audience of children, teenagers, academics, educators, professional exhibitors, Tudor aficionados together with performers and researchers from every part of Hackney’s rich and diverse community.
There was also an opportunity for attendees to visit the rest of the Tower Of London and specifically Beauchamp Tower (site of Dudley’s graffito said to be engraved when he was prisoner there) and Tower Green where Jane Grey was executed.
Feedback is still coming in but EVERYONE has said what a fantastic day they had!
The outside of the Museum had a well cared for garden, good for picnics. It was nicely kept as was the beautiful herb garden. As you walk into the herb garden many of the plants were clearly labelled and carried a short description.
As you walk into the building you are immediately greeted by friendly and helpful staff at the Reception.
The Exhibition is housed in a long corridor with different rooms of houses from different eras and different parts of the world. The information displayed was clear, simple and would be easy for children to understand.
Throughout these rooms there were displays for people of all ages to interact with. There is a guessing game for children where children can guess the country of origin which is revealed by removing the flap.
The café was visited and as soon as you walk in there are brownies and other cakes on display. The staff seemed friendly and welcoming although it did seem they were understaffed which made the service slow, but still a nice environment.
The facilities for the men were clean and tidy whereas the women’s facility were not so good.
The stock in the shop catered for all ages.
An installation and Live Events funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.
Mounted at St Katharine Cree and created by our community team of researchers and artists to explore the religious and political turmoil in Tudor England that led to the execution of the Nine Day Queen – Lady Jane Grey.
St Katharine Cree C Of E Church 86 Leadenhall Street, London, EC3A 3BP
Filming has started on the Heritage Lottery Funded Documentary and Digital Outputs for WOEFUL PUPPET.
We have had delivery of Heritage Film Workshops from Meddle Films (with more to come in May) script meetings and Practice Sessions.
To be able to deliver a high standard across all our outputs (3 Exhibitions, Documentary, Education Packs, Colour Booklet, Specialist Speakers and Expert Interviews) we are having to conduct very deep research and also have a lot of practice and expert practical support as well as the use of found and created images.
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.
We have an open door policy. ALL WELCOME!
RSVP via email if you wish to attend or if you cannot come please register your interest here or via email. firstname.lastname@example.org
We are looking to a very exciting time ahaead!
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