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Imagination Museum: Mayflower 400 to set sail again this summer

11 Jun 2021


Photo credit: Owen Benson, Dancers: Sarah Blanc, Megan Griffiths, Lucy Starkey.

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 4 July and The Box in Plymouth on the 16 and 17 July.

Speaking about the project, Artistic Director Katie Green saidit’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 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.

For more information on the Imagination Museum: Mayflower 400 project, visit https://imaginationmuseum.co.uk/