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Stories from ‘lost communities’ to be the focus of new heritage and arts project

PUBLISHED: 13:34 30 October 2018

The launch of the Land and Shore Heritage Project at Ness Point, Lowestoft. Picture: Simon Lee

The launch of the Land and Shore Heritage Project at Ness Point, Lowestoft. Picture: Simon Lee

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An “exciting” new heritage and creative arts project will explore the stories of three ‘lost’ communities across east Suffolk.

Christ Church and Whapload Road in Lowestoft in the early 1900s. Picture: From The Grit, by Jack Rose & Dean ParkinChrist Church and Whapload Road in Lowestoft in the early 1900s. Picture: From The Grit, by Jack Rose & Dean Parkin

The Land and Shore project has been designed by Suffolk Record Office and the Voice cLoud, with people in the Lowestoft, Dunwich and Ipswich areas being given the opportunity to get involved.

After being launched at Ness Point in Lowestoft on August 28 with a musical workshop and performances by the Rogue Shanty Buoys, the new Land and Shore project will see people supported by a variety of history and multi-arts professionals over the next year or more.

Scottish girls on the 'pickling plots' in Lowestoft in the 1930s. Picture: From The Grit, by Jack Rose & Dean ParkinScottish girls on the 'pickling plots' in Lowestoft in the 1930s. Picture: From The Grit, by Jack Rose & Dean Parkin

Studies, books and archive sources available at Suffolk Record Office and elsewhere will be used as the participants recreate the stories of these lost communities in a fun and innovative way. Drama and music will be used as they share their work through performance – as the project brings to life this important history for new audiences.

With Lowestoft’s focus on the Beach Village, which was once home to a thriving community associated with the fishing industry, this Friday, November 2 at 1pm the first Land and Shore taster day will be held at The Bethel in Lowestoft.

Stephen Amer, co-founder of The Voice cLoud (right) and Paul Amer Director (left). Picture: Courtesy of The Voice cLoudStephen Amer, co-founder of The Voice cLoud (right) and Paul Amer Director (left). Picture: Courtesy of The Voice cLoud

Further taster days will be held at Dunwich – with the focus on the community which was once an internationally important port, lost beneath the waves as the coastline changed – on November 12, and Alton Water – an area of landscape, once home to Alton Hall and Tattingstone Hall that flooded in the 1970s to create a reservoir – on November 23.

The taster days will offer people a chance to find out more about the project, as the Voice cLoud works with a group of participants for each lost community to identify resources and techniques which can be used to help these stories reach wider communities and new audiences.

Paul West, Suffolk County Council’s portfolio holder for heritage, said: “The Land and Shore project as the first in a new programme of heritage activities right across the county, will give participants a chance to explore and research the stories of ‘lost communities’ in a uniquely creative way, bringing Suffolk’s history to life through drama and music.”

Stephen Amer, co-founder of The Voice cLoud, said: “The Voice cLoud are excited to be working with Suffolk Record Office and are looking forward to exploring how the arts can be used to retell some historical Suffolk stories.”

For more information or to book a place on a taster day, email sharing.suffolk.stories@suffolk.gov.uk or call 01473 264519.

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