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Three dancers perform a dance piece called The Imagination Museum by Southampton waterfront

Imagination Museum: Mayflower 400 to set sail again this summer!

The Blog

06/06/2021

This July, Made by Katie Green’s Imagination Museum: Mayflower 400 project will restart following its temporary halt in 2020 through a programme of creativity with children, young people and families in Hampshire, Dorset and Plymouth. The project, which was created by Artistic Director Katie Green and started its journey in Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire in 2018, explores the stories of the 102 men, women and children and up to 30 crew who set sail from England to America in 1620.

Working alongside professional artists, community groups in the three counties will create their own films inspired by the stories of the Mayflower passengers.

These films will be premiered alongside live performances of Made by Katie Green’s Imagination Museum: Mayflower 400 dance piece at Hampshire Cultural Trust’s Red House Museum and Gardens (Christchurch) on the 4th July and The Box in Plymouth on the 16th and 17th July.

Speaking about the project, Artistic Director Katie Green said: 

“it’s wonderful to be able to restart this project after such a turbulent year. The stories of the passengers and crew who sailed just over 400 years ago, most of them leaving loved ones behind, have felt so relevant to our work with communities, as so many families have been kept apart during the pandemic. We’re excited to be performing again and sharing the films made by the community groups with the makers and their families.”

During the lockdown, Made By Katie Green made a number of Mayflower creative care packages which were sent to community members and schools who were originally due to take part in the project last year. The packages contained creative tasks including craft activities and links to movement workshops, also encouraging participants to write postcards to the people they missed, putting themselves into the position of the Mayflower passengers leaving everything they knew behind.

Some of the many care package responses received from children, young people and families over the past year

Where to see The Imagination Museum: Mayflower 400 project in July 2021:

at Red House Museum and Gardens, Christchurch, Dorset

Sunday 4 July 2021

1 and 3pm

FREE, but keep an eye on restrictions in place at the time of the event, and make sure you reserve a time slot for visiting the Red House Museum just in case

at The Box, Plymouth

Friday 16 & Saturday 17 July 2021

Performances repeated at 11, 1 and 3pm each day

FREE,  but keep an eye on restrictions in place at the time of the event, and make sure you reserve a time slot for visiting The Box just in case

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 and Bassetlaw District Councils, Pavilion Dance South West, the Surf the Wave programme, The Charter Trustees of East Retford and God's House Tower and also delivered in partnership with the Pilgrim Roots Regional Partnership, Transported, The Point and Plymouth Dance.

Header image by Owen Benson; performers Sarah Blanc, Megan Griffiths, Lucy Starkey

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