Together to the Workhouse Door

This week we say goodbye to Stuart, who has been our project manager for 2 years and will be sorely missed. Good luck in the future Stuart and you must make sure to stay in touch!

The project is still busy though even though we have one less member of staff…

Symfonia Viva and Orchestras Live – Together to the Workhouse Door

This week we have been very busy starting our Together to the Workhouse Door project with Orchestras Live and Symfonia Viva. We are working in partnership with Writers’ Centre Norwich, Norfolk Music Hub, Breckland & Broadland District Councils and Norfolk Arts Service.

This exciting and ambitious creative writing and music community engagement project will commission a major new oratorio which will be created by composer, James Redwood and poet, Lucy Sheerman. The new site-specific work will draw inspiration from the nationally important archives and collections at Gressenhall, one of the most important and best preserved workhouses in the UK.

Working with local schools, community groups and volunteers, Together To The Workhouse Door will animate, in words and music, some of the many rich stories and voices of people at the Workhouse, raising awareness of the social and cultural heritage of the site as well as inspiring local communities to develop their own creative responses to both the site and its unique collections. The new oratorio and collaborative work will be premiered at Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse on Wednesday 7th June 2017.

Lighting installation

Wensum Valley electricians have completed the case lights in the Collections Gallery and they look fantastic. They are busy working in schools next week and will be back 10th April to start installation of the new track lighting.

Rural Lives

We have received our last prints for Rural Lives and the new prints from Jim Mortram were transferred from the Norfolk Record Office to the Design and Technical team at the Castle. The prints have now been mounted and are ready to be framed. We are almost ready to install this temporary exhibition once the track lighting is installed.

We also spotted a really good news report for our reflection area in the galleries – check it out:

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/mar/28/homeless-charity-workhouse-workers-rights-exploitation

Next week no work will take place in the gallery as all contractors are busy with school work. We will be planning the last year of the project on Monday (gulp!) and I’ll be visiting Ripon Workhouse Museum to speak at their AGM.

 

 

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