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
St Katharine Cree Map
LIVE EVENTS Free via Eventbrite
22 June @ 7pm Sir Nicholas Throckmorton, The Puppet Master
29 June @ 7pm Lady Jane Grey, The Woeful Puppet
We are hosting Heritage Workshops in Hackney throughout May and June to complete our installation for St Katharine Cree.
We have been working on researching the Throckmorton family and their links with the events that led to Lady Jane Grey’s execution. The life of the martyr Anne Askew and the inner life of Lady Jane Grey as she was cruelly manipulated for political gain and greed.
If you wish to learn more about the project or receive a workshop application pack and be part of the installation at St Katharine Cree please contact us here or at email@example.com
There are still opportunities to join the research teams as we have an event at Sutton House on 8 September 2017 and our flagship event at The Tower of London 12 February 2018 and return research trips to Hampton Court and the Tower of London.
We have found several sources telling us that Lady Jane Grey recited Psalm 51 in her room at The Tower of London before she was executed. The whole team agreed it would be good to have a version on our website as well as include excerpts in the finished documentary.
Some of the Digital Output Team have kicked off the creation of the dramatized segments of the finished film piece (and also with an eye on how to use primary sources at the Woeful Puppet’s 3 exhibitions differently).
It was agreed that Sarah (pictured here) who is researching the part religious schisms and changes to the laws in England led to Lady Jane Grey’s execution should deliver this.
A great start to what we are sure will be a wonderful heritage output.
Read Psalm 51
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.
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.
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!
We have spent the last couple of months on research trips in and outside of London.
We were lucky to visit Bradgate House and Park (home to the Grey family) whilst the 3D model of the original house was on display.
We have visited Basing House and Park for a Tudor Day tour and seen the fully restored Tudor barn (including canon ball damage)
We have also had our bespoke tour and talk at St Katharine Cree where we are presenting a two week heritage installation in June 2017.
Other visits include The National Portrait Gallery, The National Gallery and Archive training at the London Metropolitan Archives.
We have Sutton House, The London Museum and Hampton Court planned. If you want to join our research team please fill in comments below and we will send you an information pack.
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.
If you were unable to attend and want more information email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or contact us below.
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.
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. email@example.com
We are looking to a very exciting time ahaead!