Dancers performing The Imagination Museum at Bassetlaw Museum

The Imagination Museum: Mayflower 400 travels to Hampshire and Dorset!

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After our first year of activity in the 'Pilgrim Roots' areas of Lincolnshire and North Nottinghamshire, we are looking forward to bringing The Imagination Museum: Mayflower 400 to three Hampshire Cultural Trust venues in the lead up to the 2020 anniversary of the sailing of the iconic ship. The company will present events with three local partners in the region this Spring: Westbury Manor MuseumAldershot Military Museum and Red House Museum and Gardens.

The Imagination Museum: Mayflower 400 project aims to bring to life museum collections and heritage sites through fun and engaging dance performances and workshops. In Hampshire, it will draw on the historic story of the Mayflower’s voyage from England to America in 1620, focusing on the stories of local people who undertook the epic journey. Each performance will be different, drawing on workshops with the local community at each venue to develop the core dance piece, and providing opportunities for community groups to perform alongside professional dancers.

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In our forthcoming performances, three dancers will lead you on a journey through history, using movement, text and music to tell the story of the brave and pioneering passengers who travelled to America aboard the Mayflower, even though they knew it would be dangerous.

Speaking about the project, choreographer Katie Green said: "We are thrilled to be bringing Imagination Museum: Mayflower 400 to Hampshire. The region plays a key role in the story, as the Mayflower sailed from Southampton in August 1620 alongside another ship, the Speedwell, before both ships were forced to pull in again at Plymouth (the Speedwell was taking on water and ultimately had to be abandoned). It is a pleasure to be able to work with our three local heritage sites to tell the stories of some of the people on board the Mayflower who were living or working in Hampshire, as well as other people who have left from and journeyed to the region over the last 400 years and beyond. The company and I would like to extend an invitation to everyone to come along to one of the events and find out more about the lives of some extraordinary people." 

The Imagination Museum: Westbury Manor Museum

Free performances on the 15th February and 22nd May 2020

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The Imagination Museum: Aldershot Military Museum

Free performances on the 8th March and 20th June 2020

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The Imagination Museum: Red House Museum and Gardens

Free performances on the 4th April and 4th July 2020

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For more information about any of our forthcoming performances, visit: https://imaginationmuseum.co.uk/whats-on/

For more information about the national Mayflower 400 commemoration, please visit: http://www.mayflower400uk.org/

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, Hampshire County (through Councillor Peter Latham in Fareham) 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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A series of playful, imaginative and moving dance performances and workshops, from multi award-winning choreographer Katie Green, come to Gainsborough in May. The Imagination Museum: Mayflower 400 is about determination and the extraordinary things that it makes ordinary people do, and is part of a three-year project leading up to the 2020 anniversary of the sailing of the Mayflower.