What is Special Delivery?
Special Delivery brings different generations together to explore the art of communication through letters and other documents held in Suffolk Record Offices and museums.
The individuals behind the letters are brought to life through a series of participatory creative programmes delivered by a team of artists, including theatre-makers, creative writers, visual and digital artists.
Participants are inspired to investigate historical approaches to letter-writing, consider them in the light of current methods of communication and share significant correspondence of their own.
Special Delivery has already taken place in Bury St Edmunds, via a combination of Zoom sessions and posting in specialist archive materials – making it a very Special Delivery indeed.
The project now moves on to primary schools, supported living and residential care homes in Lowestoft, where it will be exploring some of the stories and characters behind letters originally sent into a local newspaper, after which we will be in Halesworth, looking at a collection of letters written in the early 19th century by members of a wealthy merchant family that lived the town.
A legacy of digital interpretation for use in Suffolk Record Offices and museums, plus a literacy resource for use in schools, will be created.
In Bury St Edmunds, we created a unique story, based on the Dunkirk Letters, which you can watch – along with a creative activity and a brief introduction to the Suffolk Record Office in Bury St Edmunds, presented by their Community and Learning Officer, Hannah Salisbury – in the video below.
Who is Special Delivery for?
Special Delivery is for children from partner primary schools and residents from partner care homes / sheltered housing schemes in Lowestoft, Bury St Edmunds and Halesworth.
When & Where is Special Delivery happening?
Special Delivery began in September 2020, delivering to students from Abbots Green Academy, Bury St Edmunds, with support from the Theatre Royal Act Your Age theatre group.
Sessions have been delivered via Zoom, and materials – including archive boxes, specialist writing pens and other preservation-grade equipment – are posted in to the children, making it all a very Special Delivery.
After a short break due to lockdown restrictions, the project is now planning the next phase of delivery starting in September 2021, where we intend to launch a similar programme of Zoom sessions in Lowestoft, where we will be working with schools and residential care homes in a COVID-19 secure manner.
Following UK Government advice, we are currently suspending all face-to-face delivery of our projects until further notice. We are keeping a close eye on guidelines and will provide further news on Special Delivery as soon as possible.
Carrie Phoenix on 01986 873 955 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Explore Jessie’s letter with Lynn Whitehead and Caitlin Howells
Special Delivery has been made possible by generous funding from the National Lottery Heritage Fund, Lowestoft Rising and the Association for Suffolk Museums.