Well it has been some time since my last update but I have quite a lot to tell you about…
I have been working alongside Knowsley Community College students for the last few months on a project that was discussed late last year. This exciting project was to enable KCC students a successful completion of their Theatre in Education (TIE) module, whilst also helping the THI entertain and educate young people today about the importance of traditional construction skills, which are rapidly in decline.
In order to equip the students with the subject matter knowledge, I organised a day for them to visit the Natural Building Centre in Llanwrst to learn about the differences between traditional and non traditional construction skills. Whilst there, the students were so inspired by Ned (who coupled with his very talented wife is the brain child of the centre), that they based their main character on his life and experiences.
Additionally, they attended a performance and script writing workshop at the Liverpool Playhouse, followed by a walking tour of the conservation area Liverpool Ropewalks, presented by our THI Officer Owen Barton and our past intern Christopher Han.
All of this was organised with the aim of equipping the students with the necessary knowledge and enhanced skills, not just for their performance but also for their personal development.
I booked two performances for them in The Prescot School and St Mary’s and St Paul’s, both of which took place on the 20th of April and the audiences felt thoroughly entertained.
KCC students have now had their Theatre In Education (TIE) Module marked off successfully and have opened their minds to the richness of their local architecture and built environment. Many of whom have taken an active interest in the buildings around them and have become positive ambassadors of traditional construction skills.
I have also worked alongside our local artists who have been commissioned to produce a public mosaic art piece, depicting the historical significance of Prescot, which will be placed on the gable end of Max Spielmann in Prescot.
Working in collaboration with Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council Culture Development services, I organised a number of workshops in schools to produce an overall design as well as organising workshops in the Shopping Centre, where the public were invited to take part in the cutting and placing of the tiles.
The final piece will be in situ in the coming month.
The THI accommodated another batch of Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU) second year English students for their 12 week work placement and they focused their research skills on the site of the Shakespeare Theatre site, between 1841 – 1925.
In doing so, had a tour of St Mary’s Church, attended two of Prescot’s oldest remaining watchmaking studio’s followed by a lecture on the importance of watchmaking in Prescot and visited Knowsley’s Archive on multiple occasions, coupled with the Heritage Hub so as to focus in on their subject matter.
I have also been working in partnership with MATE Productions and their LJMU work placement students on developing an educational pack encompassing Shakespeare, Theatre and Prescot, which will accompany their Pop Up The Tempest Schools Programme, which is part of The Tempest 2017 community programme, supported by KMBC Culture & Development and Shakespeare North.
Traditional Buildings Repair and Maintenance Training
On the 30th of May we will be delivering a days training on how to spot repair and maintenance issues with Pre 1919 buildings. This was largely due to the success of the Pre 1919 two day course last year, which was delivered to conservation officers, architects, building surveyors and built environment students. This time round, it will be delivered to home owners, so as to equip the layman with the necessary basic information with regards the differences of non-traditional v traditional buildings and how to in turn cater to their needs.
So far we have just two places left, so if you would like to book on do so quickly by calling Lyndsey-Jane: 07773 575 856.
Chix with Stix
Our Tuesday knitting and crochet group have rebranded themselves as ‘Chix with Stix’
This lovely group of ladies have opened their arms to new members and have shared their skills, patterns and techniques without prejudice and with joy in abundance.
They have recently taken on the task of crocheting and knitting blankets for Arrowe Park A and E who give ‘hospital blankets’ to children who have attended their Resus to take home. As they are scarce, they only give the blankets to those most poorly, who get to keep them forever. They often have returning children who bring their blankets with them, which is beneficial for distraction techniques when receiving injections, which from the following photo is easy to see how this is possible with such beauty and colour.
Personally, I am so very happy that the THI has brought together such a wonderful, funny, caring and talented group of ladies who are so eager to support each other and those thought ‘in need’.
Our drop in Family History session is continuing to grow in strength, with growing numbers every few weeks. You can attend on a drop in basis in Vee’s Place every Monday 11 – 1pm without prior notice needed.
Lastly, it’s been an eventful few months and my excitement for the coming months continues to grow as we approach the THI’s involvement with local events: Elizabethan Fayre (3rd of June), Prescot Carnival (18th of June), the Feel Good Festival (5th of August), as well as the soon to be happening archaeological digs on Market Place. Let’s hope for sunshine and a willingness to join in by all.