Heritage Project Trips and Visits

We spent a fantastic week during half term bringing together young women from Wythenshawe and Salford to explore local heritage sites in connection with Elizabeth Gaskell as part of our ‘Tales of Manchester Life’ project.

We began the week at Elizabeth Gaskell’s House, where the young women were able to explore the rooms and take part in creative activities inspired by what they found there.

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On Wednesday we travelled to Knutsford to see where Elizabeth Gaskell spent her childhood and the church in which she married. We enjoyed a walking tour courtesy of Knutsford Heritage Centre and we saw an exhibition at the Brook Street Chapel.

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Then, on Thursday we visited Quarry Bank Mill, where we found out what life was like for the young people who worked there during Victorian times through a tour of the Apprentice House. We were also shown some of the machinery they used and given the opportunity to explore an archive with particular reference to Elizabeth Gaskell’s connection with the mill (her uncle being the local doctor). Finally, we enjoyed a fantastic session on Victorian dress where the girls where able to try on some beautiful outfits!

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We came back to Elizabeth Gaskell’s House to round up the week and share what we had learned before looking ahead to ideas for our performance.

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We’re now looking forward to an exciting couple of months of creativity as we work with each group in weekly sessions to create this performance. The final piece will be performed at Elizabeth Gaskell’s House at the end of May and we know it’s going to be fantastic!

We’d like to thank all the staff at Elizabeth Gaskell’s House, Knutsford Heritage Centre, Brook Street Chapel and Quarry Bank Mill for such a fun-filled and inspiring kickstart to this project!

Creative Team Day at Elizabeth Gaskell’s House

We had a great day gearing up for ‘Tales of Manchester Life’, our young women’s creative heritage project, on Saturday. Our drama practitioners, writer and musician got together for a day of sharing ideas and inspiration at Elizabeth Gaskell’s House. A big thank you to the volunteers at the house for accommodating us. Here are some photos from the day…

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We’re now looking forward to kickstarting the project with young women from Wythenshawe and Salford on a series of trips and visits next week!

Musician and Workshop Leader Required

enJOY arts and Tandem Theatre are seeking an experienced Musician and Workshop Leader for ‘Tales of Manchester Life’ a creative heritage project for young women aged 14 to 21 that aims to explore the life, work and times of Elizabeth Gaskell through performance. The project will run from January – July 2015, including public performances at Elizabeth Gaskell’s House at the end of May. This project is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund Young Roots Programme and Arts Council England.

Please see the Musician and Workshop Leader Recruitment Information and Project Timeline Document, or email info@enjoy-arts.org.uk for details on how to apply.

The deadline for applications is 5pm on Thursday 4th December.

Interviews will take place in Manchester on Friday 12th December.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Funding Success for Young Women’s Creative Heritage Project

enJOY arts are delighted to announce that, in collaboration with our friends at Tandem Theatre, we have been awarded funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund and Arts Council England for an exciting new young women’s project based in Greater Manchester!

‘Tales of Manchester Life’ will focus on the life and times of Elizabeth Gaskell, one of the Victorian Era’s most important women writers, and culminate in public performances at newly re-opened Elizabeth Gaskell’s House in Ardwick. The project is due to begin in early 2015 with the performances taking place at the end of May.

‘Tales of Manchester Life’ will enable young women from Wythenshawe and Salford to explore the cultural and social context of the period in which Gaskell wrote, focusing on women and their changing roles, through creative writing and performance. The young women will take their inspiration from visits to local heritage sites such as Elizabeth Gaskell’s House, Quarry Bank Mill and Knutsford Heritage Centre.

enJOY arts and Tandem Theatre are two female-led community arts organisations working primarily with young people in Greater Manchester and aiming to broaden their cultural horizons. Working with heritage experts and volunteers from Elizabeth Gaskell’s House, participants in this project will be able to find out more about Gaskell’s work, life and times, interpret this creatively in a way that feels relevant to them and share their heritage learning with other young people and the wider community.

Sara Hilton, Head of HLF North West, says: “It’s wonderful to see young Manchester women engaging with one of the city’s historic female figures, through the places and ideas associated with her. ‘Tales of Manchester Life’ is a great example of how exploring heritage can help us understand our identity and still inspire us today.”

We are thrilled to have received the support of both the Heritage Lottery Fund and Arts Council England for this exciting project! We are confident that ‘Tales of Manchester Life’ will engage young women with both heritage and positive female roles models in a creative and inspiring way. This project has been made possible by an award of £31,100 from the Heritage Lottery Fund Young Roots Programme and £9,705 from Arts Council England.

Watch this space to see how the project develops and for updates on the final performances!HLF Logo

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ReACT Performances

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On Sunday 27th November, a group of young people from across Manchester came together to perform their own creative response to the summer’s riots at different train stations across the city. The performance spaces presented a number of challenges for … Continue reading

ReACT Project and Performance

ReACT Performance Flyer

On 9th August 2011, Manchester became the latest in a number of major UK cities to be rocked by the violence of rioting and looting. With support from the youth engagement charity RECLAIM, enJOY arts has secured funding from the High Sheriff’s Police Trust for a performance project which allows young people from urban areas the opportunity to ‘ReACT’ to these disturbing events and present their own creative response to the riots. Over two weekends in November, the young people have come together to devise an innovative performance which considers causes, consequences and positive ways to move forward.

This performance fuses drama, movement and music and will be performed at train stations across Manchester and Salford on the afternoon of Sunday 27th November (exact times and locations detailed on the flyer above). By performing in busy public places, we hope that this performance  will reach a wide variety of people and help to encourage their own ‘ReACT-ion’ to this important issue.