The exhibition is up – now at Long Stratton Library, the finds are washed, recorded and analysed and the school has broken up after a term of busy, creative work on their imagined Land. There are also moves afoot by some residents to continue historical and archaeological research beyond the life of the project. All in all it’s a been very successful start.
Now the task is to make an event with, for and about the village on 16th September that will bring it all alive for many more people in Tasburgh.
We have had a few people at the creative writing workshops – and already ideas are beginning to spark. We know for example that the story of Struan, Nia and the Wild Wild Boar will form part of our iron age imaginings – and we have the bones of a song which will accompany it. On Wednesday Giles the archaeologist brought the finds with him to the workshop. It is really amazing how evocative it is to actually hold a carved flint that someone used on the banks of the river Tas thousands of years ago. To press your thumb into a groove made for that very purpose can’t help but to fire the imagination.
For me the most evocative find is the temperance medal form the 1840’s. This evokes stories that echo straight back to the research of our volunteers archivists: the small but active Quaker and Methodist populations, poor relief, the daily work of survival, even the building of the school. The objects provide us with a start and allow us to reel backwards and take a broader sweep. How did the medal end up in the mud – who owned it, what happened to them, what were their family like?
As I make more detailed plans for what we are calling the Imagined Land Procession and Historical Pageant on 16th September we are using these inspirations to construct an event that we hope will be fun, inclusive, entertaining and really give Tasburgh people a sense of their heritage.
Of course we don’t yet know who will come forward to support the event but I believe there is something for everyone to make a contribution in a way that suits them best. By the time the day comes we will have made lanterns and banners, made and learnt songs, written stories and rehearsed performers.
We will also be encouraging and supporting people to make their own costume if they want to – inspired by any one of the four eras that we are focussing on – Victorian, Medieval, Saxon and Iron Age. So have a look at our timetable of events in singing, making, writing, performing etc and join us for anything that takes your interest.
A full list can be obtained from the project website
If you don’t fancy any of that just come as a spectator and take a walk back through time.
Right now the best thing you can do is come on Saturday 5th August for an open meeting at the village hall where I will explaining all this in a lot more detail and able to answer any questions you have. If you fancy it bring your sewing machine or a musical instrument because the rest of the day will be taken up with designing and making village banners and making music together.
Tasburgh has a fascinating history that the land at its centre can tell us much about – so come on! Let’s make a celebration…