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 will be 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.
As well as delivering 10-week programmes to five communities (Lowestoft, Bury St Edmunds, Halesworth) Special Delivery will run creative sessions in schools, partner venues and other cultural events.
A legacy of digital interpretation for use in Suffolk Record Offices and museums, plus a literacy resource for use in schools, will be created.
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, and is currently delivered to students from Abbots Green Academy, Bury St Edmunds, with support from the Theatre Royal Act Your Age theatre group.
Sessions are 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.
In the Spring, 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.
Candida Wingate on 01986 873 955 or email@example.com
Special Delivery has been made possible by generous funding from the National Lottery Heritage Fund, Lowestoft Rising and the Association for Suffolk Museums.