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By West Midlands Museum Development / Posted on Wednesday 14th June 2017

‘We Are All Stories’ Update

The six partnerships involved in this collaborative Grants for the Arts project, support through funding from Arts Council England (ACE) have continued to be immensely busy since our last update and it has been overwhelming to see the amount of work going on. It is hard to fit it all into a quick update for you but here goes…

Chapter 2:

After setting up camp at Royal Regiment Fusiliers (Warwickshire) Museum carrying out workshops with local Army Cadets/Sea Scouts and learning how to wear the regimental uniform correctly and the art of drumming and marching from museum volunteers, Talking Birds battled the great British weather and hosted five final performances of ‘The Female Warrior’ on the 27 and 29 May.

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Participants from About Face viewed the collections at the Black and White House Museum and museum staff shared stories and history of both the objects and the House. From this they created five interpretive pieces; The Black and White House, Leominster Ore, Marden Bell, Neolithic Herefordshire and Canary Girls. The Fetch Theatre set about creating portable sets and props plus three soundtracks combining music and narration. These are all designed to be portable which means that they can move around the museum to widen access. An opening performance was held on 20 May and here is just a snippet of the feedback received from the night:

“Phenomenal! Such original concepts. Truly amazing. The props and venue were stunning and the actors blew me away their skill at storytelling”

“Never experienced one to one theatre before and you truly connect with the stories. The soundscapes were fantastic”

Highly Sprung and Rugby Art Gallery and Museums have been engaging five community groups with their project ‘Journeys to home’; the Polish School, Age UK, Bilton School, Northlands School, the West Indian Association and workshops are now well under way! Make sure your in Rugby town centre on Sunday 2 July for this show stopping performance.

Final dates have been set for school performances of ‘Dead End Job’ by The Play House, an interactive performance and family tour drawing on the history of The Coffin Works and the people that worked there. Catch these on 10, 17 and 18 July. For more information please contact: or 0121 233 4790.

Following on from their workshops 120 KS 1&2 pupils from Westgate Primary School eight stories were constructed and professionally recorded by five actors from The Play House. The physical trails are now being created by the team at Heritage and Culture Warwickshire using Near Field Communication (NFC) technology. You can enjoy these within Market Hall Museum, Warwick from Saturday 15 July.

The Almonry Museum and Heritage Centre, Peter Chand and Sue Chand have been busy with school workshops since our last update. Peter has carried out four story telling workshops with approximately 120 KS2 pupils and Sue has begun her follow up workshops to turn these stories into cloth for the upcoming exhibition.

Don’t forget you can attend a day of storytelling, including performances by participants to launch an exhibition of the art work created on Saturday 15 July at the Almonry Museum and Tourist Information Centre, Abbey Gate, Evesham, Worcestershire WR11 4BQ.

The final performances are not to be missed so keep an eye out for all the latest updates on these projects by following the partnerships on Twitter:

The Almonry Museum and Heritage Centre, Peter Chand and Sue Chand

Herefordshire Museum, The Fetch and About Face

Heritage and Culture Warwickshire, Newman Brothers at the Coffin Works and The Playhouse

The Royal Regiment Fusiliers and Talking Birds

Rugby Art Gallery and Museum and Highly Sprung


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