Dancers performing The Imagination Museum at Bassetlaw Museum

The Imagination Museum: Mayflower 400 project - year 1

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The Imagination Museum: Mayflower 400 project is a three-year programme of activity using dance and heritage to bring to life a core collection of historical artefacts, themes and ideas linked to the story of the Mayflower passengers who sailed from England to America in September 1620. Produced by contemporary dance company Made by Katie Green, and building on the company’s previous Imagination Museum project, it will be shared with at least 25 heritage sites, museums, schools, churches and community centres from November 2018 – October 2020. The project is being delivered in partnership with three Hubs, in Lincolnshire/Nottinghamshire – the ‘Pilgrim Roots’ Hub - Hampshire and Plymouth.

To date, the majority of our activity has taken place in our first project Hub, particularly working in and around Gainsborough and Retford. 

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We have engaged audiences in these areas at venues including:

  • St Swithun's Church, Retford
  • Gainsborough United Reformed Church
  • Gainsborough Old Hall
  • Bassetlaw Museum, Retford
  • Parish Church School, Gainsborough
  • Ordsall School, Retford
  • Elizabethan Academy, Retford
  • National Civil War Centre, Newark
  • All Saints' Church, Babworth
  • Ranby School
  • White's Wood Academy, Gainsborough
  • Retford Town Hall

Activity has included:  

  • meetings with members of the community to help us design the project
  • test/extract performances of The Imagination Museum: Mayflower 400 at community events such as Illuminate 2018 
  • 'Community Encounter days' – days of free performances accompanied by linked discussion opportunities and travelling craft workshops in a suitcase  (designed by local artist Ruth Pigott of Curiosity Creators

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  • further creative engagement with individuals/groups, including one-on-one conversations with members of the community (our conversations with Rachel Carter, Veronica Eden, Michael Keeble and Rachel Martel were recorded and used within the soundscore for the Celebration Performances) and work in a range of primary and secondary schools 
  • two days of Celebration Performances in Retford and Gainsborough, co-designed in collaboration with members of local schools and community groups 

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Over 1800 people have engaged with 51 events in the Pilgrim Roots Hub since the beginning of our Strategic Touring-supported period of activity, and 2700 people in total have engaged with The Imagination Museum activity since October 2018. 

“I thought it was fabulous, really moving”

“unique, engaging, thought-provoking”

“enjoyable, different, innovative” (feedback from audiences)

Read more about our forthcoming performances of The Imagination Museum: Mayflower 400 taking place in Hampshire from 15th February 2020 by visiting our What's On page here, and thank you for your support in 2019!

The Imagination Museum: Mayflower 400 project is produced by Made By Katie Green, supported financially using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England as part of the Strategic Touring programme, Hampshire Cultural Trust, The Box, West Lindsey, Plymouth, Nottinghamshire County, Hampshire County and Bassetlaw District Councils, Pavilion Dance South West, the Surf the Wave Programme and the Charter Trustees of East Retford, and also delivered in partnership with the Pilgrim Roots Regional Partnership, Transported, The Point, Plymouth Dance and Plymouth Culture.

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