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Managing a Masterpiece community project

 

This project ran from 2011 to 2013 in the Stour Valley, along the Essex- Suffolk borders. it was a wide-ranging, three year project, including archaeology, traditional river boats, etc, funded by the Heritage Lottery Landscape Partnership Scheme. We ran schools projects with over 1000 pupils and two study days for adults.

 

We also undertook some research into singers from the area, Maurice Cardy and William Sparkes: all the information is on this website at: Two Singers from the Stour Valley.

 

Schools folk song & dance workshops

 

The East Anglian Traditional Music Trust worked a number of local schools, on seven extended projects and several shorter one-off visits. The schools participating in the extended projects were: Ridgewell Primary School, Great Waldingfield Primary School, Bures St Mary Primary School, Clare Middle School, Wood Hall Primary in Sudbury, Stratford St Mary and Stoke-by-Nayland Primary School. In each of these schools we worked with up to 200 children, teaching them local folk songs and working on traditional dance forms. Each group performed a final presentation to other pupils, families and communities, and teachers were left with resources to continue using traditional folksongs and dances in their future work.

 

Investigating Traditional Culture & Folklore

 

The East Anglian Traditional Music Trust ran two study days for adults, in Bures and Clare, attended by over 60 people, with the aim of equipping people to carry out their own research. The line-up of speakers included Steve Roud, founder of the Roud Folk Song Index and national expert on folklore, superstition and calendar customs, John Howson, co-director of EATMT, folk-song collector, photographer and recording engineer and Clive Paine (below, in action in Clare), expert on all things to do with Suffolk history. There were also various exhibitions and an information pack was provided for each participant. The talks were fascinating, as were the contributions made by various audience members about their own researches, and discussions covered everything from recording people playing "musical" flowerpots to which was the best way to crack open a boiled egg, to stories about dragons and secret tunnels!

Information about other EATMT community projects may be found on the Community Projects webpage.