For our latest project we are exploring the life of the inspirational Emily Langton Massingberd, women’s rights campaigner and former owner of Gunby Hall Estate and Gardens. The project is being supported by the National Trust and forms part of their 2018 year long celebration of Women and Power, marking the centenary of female suffrage.
We are planning to create an installation in Gunby Hall’s Orchard Gallery for August 2018 celebrating the spirit and achievements of this pioneering 19th century female, whose mark can still be seen around the Gunby Estate today. Founder of the first female members’ club, The Pioneer Club, social campaigner and ardent temperance activist, her time in Lincolnshire saw her narrowly miss obtaining a seat in the first County Council Elections in 1889, for which, as a landowner she was able to stand.
Gathering research material at Gunby Hall’s Ice House Pond
At the beginning of July we shot some video footage of Chris T-T at The Workhouse, Southwell, as he played through work in progress for A Ballad of Southwell and we began creating audio recordings for The Workhouse’s new Audio Visitor Guide, to be launched at the end of the month. Chris performed the works on the beautiful harmonium in the Workhouse Committee room and on his guitar in the former Workhouse Infirmary building, Firbeck House, to great acoustic effect.
In June we attended the Re-imaging Challenging Histories Conference in Cardiff. Jim Grevatte and Sam Ball from The workhouse gave a presentation on the Re-imaging The Workhouse project, of which Chris T-T’s residency, ‘A Ballad for Southwell’, organised by CommonAs is part. Following their presentation Chris T-T spoke about his research and working with volunteers, and performed some works in progress to conference delegates.