Cornish ‘Man Engine’ wins HLF best arts award

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MAN ENGINECongratulations to Golden Tree Productions, whose ‘Man Engine’ has won the Heritage Lottery Fund ‘Best Arts Project’ Award. The Man Engine was such a great success when it toured the World Heritage Site areas of Cornwall and west Devon last year and we are all thrilled that this achievement has been recognised in this way.

Commissioned by the Cornish Mining World Heritage Site as part of its  ‘Tinth’ Anniversary programme of events in 2016, the giant metal puppet, “MAN ENGINE”, which toured mining heritage sites across west Devon and Cornwall, has won the National Lottery Best UK Arts Project Award, beating more than 1,300 other entrants.

Created by arts company Golden Tree Productions, in response to the Cornish Mining World Heritage Site call for proposals from the region’s vibrant culture sector to celebrate World Heritage status, Man Engine attracted over 150,000 people to events at locations across the Site and generated 160 million views across traditional and digital media outlets worldwide.

Julian German, Chairman of the Cornish Mining World Heritage Site Partnership, said: “This is obviously wonderful news for everyone in Cornwall and west Devon, and beyond. The World Heritage Site Partnership, backed by Cornwall Council, were seeking a vision, an ambition and a tenacity that would come together in a fitting tribute to our ancestors’ ingenuity and entrepreneurialism. We certainly found this in the Man Engine. The Man Engine undoubtedly captured the world’s imagination, bringing the towns and villages along the route to the attention of an international audience, and stimulating enthusiasm for and awareness of the importance of the Cornwall and West Devon Mining Landscape World Heritage Site. Today’s announcement of the National Lottery Arts award will yet again honour the stories, the dedication and the ingenuity of our ancestors, and I extended our thanks and congratulations to the Golden Tree team.”

Will Coleman, artistic director of Golden Tree, added that: “Last year, we collectively pulled off something truly spectacular, working together with people all over Cornwall and West Devon to make the Man Engine tour the length of the Cornish Mining World Heritage Site a reality.  This year, we’ve done it again thanks to almost 8,000 people voting for the Man Engine to become the country’s favourite Arts project in the National Lottery Awards.  What a phenomenal response. I simply want to thank everyone who commissioned us, supported us, sponsored us, volunteered for us, sang for us, helped us along the way, or simply came to see us and took part. The personal and family stories of triumph and tragedy have been deeply moving. I am delighted to confirm that this win is a significant boost to our plans for the Man Engine to awaken again.  2018 will see him touring across Cornwall and Devon and heading to Wales and England on his travels. For now, I cannot say any more, but thank you again to everyone that voted, and watch this space for news very soon!”

For more information: Ainsley Cocks, Research and Information Officer, Cornish Mining World Heritage Site Office / Sodhva Lown Ertach an Bys Balweyth Kernewek

Tel: 01872 322585                                                                                         Email: acocks@cornwall.gov.uk                                                Web: www.cornishmining.org.uk

New Tour for 2017 at Blenheim Palace

Arts, Conservation, Events, News, Opportunities, Uncategorized, World Heritage Sites

Discover the real ‘Behind the Scenes’ at Blenheim Palace, in a fascinating limited edition new tour for 2017. ‘Restoration & Conservation’ will be the theme of the guided tours which will begin in the New Year as part of the extended opening season experience offered to visitors at the Oxford World Heritage Site.

The ‘Restoration & Conservation’ tour will be exclusively available from 9 January – 8 February 2017, running twice per day excluding Sundays. The new tours will tie in to the annual deep clean of Blenheim Palace which will now be on full to visitors during this period. The tour will give an in-depth look into what is being done in each of the State Rooms.

The new tours will look at two very important aspects of running a 300 year old Palace, including restoring a piece of art, building or tapestry to its original condition, as well as the preservation and repair of the historical and cultural site and its artefacts. The tour will also examine the theme of renovation, exploring how Blenheim Palace must also modernise and remain as a comfortable family home and appealing to visitors.

From the necessary continuing restoration of the ‘Capability’ Brown Cascades and Bladon dams, work which will total approximately £2m when completed to keeping the Palace safe for its inhabitants and visitors, the tour will look at which projects are undertaken, when and why.

The fascinating tour will also look at the most impactful projects including The Eyes in 1928. Painted for the 2nd wife of the 9th Duke, Gladys Deacon, these have a great visual impact on visitors. Exposure to the elements over 80 years had caused the painting and plaster work to degrade to a point where they were barely visible. 

From clocks to paintings each piece of work often requires specialist and niche attention, with specialists sought from all over the world to complete the painstaking tasks of restoring priceless pieces of history.

The job of cleaning the China collection used to fall to the 10th Duchess and her unfortunate administrator, Archie Illingworth – he used to dread the call, ‘Mr Illingworth, today we are going to clean the China!’  The Duchess would wash the China and it was Archie’s responsibility to dry it.

 One of the recent renovations is the Bouchain Tapestry, the priceless 18th century tapestry depicting one of Britain’s most important military victories is 25ft wide and almost 15 feet high. The giant wall hanging is made of wool and silk and was woven in the Brussels workshop of the Flemish weaver, Judocus de Vos.

Part of a set of 10, the tapestries are the most accurate and detailed contemporary records that exist of the campaign, not least because the 1st Duke, John Churchill, provided accurate battle plans and portraits of the principal characters. After being painstakingly removed from the walls of the Palace’s Second State Room, the tapestry was carefully rolled up before being transported back to the city it was originally created in for renovation. It took a year to completely renovate!

From keeping the rain out, Blenheim Palace has over 7 acres of roof, to protecting ceremonial robes, the Marlborough;s Coronation Robes were beginning to deteriorate in the sunlight, there is must to learn and lots of exciting facts to discover.

What: New Restoration & Conservation Tour at Blenheim Palace

When: From 6 January – 28 February 2017, running twice per day excluding Sundays

Why Visit: Discover the intricate processes of historical restoration and modern conservation whilst maintaining the heritage of the Oxfordshire World Heritage Site.

Price: Palace, Park & Garden ticket required, Adult £24.90, Concession* £19.90, Child £13.90

Website: blenheimpalace.com

The Arts Council is investing £3 million into a new Cultural destinations programme.

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The Arts Council is investing £3 million into a new Cultural destinations programme.

This may be of interest to World Heritage Sites who are well linked in to their local tourism and cultural organisations.

“Cultural destinations is an initiative which forms part of the three-year partnership between Arts Council England and VisitEngland, the national tourist board.

The aim of Cultural destinations is to enable arts and culture organisations working in partnership with destination organisations to increase their reach, engagement and resilience through working with the tourism sector.

Closer working between the two sectors will contribute to the economic growth of the cultural and tourism visitor economies.

Find out more: http://www.artscouncil.org.uk/cultural-destinations?_cldee=amFtZXMuYnJpbmRsZUBtdnRsYy5vcmc%3d&urlid=6

 

“Wall to Wall, Lindisfarne to Carlingford”

30th Anniversary, Arts, Events, Exhibition, News, World Heritage Sites

Durham Castle- credit ADTeasdaleWe seem to be moving rather swiftly through 2016, the year in which we are celebrating 30 years since Durham received its World Heritage status, and I’m delighted to be able to tell you about our forthcoming exhibition:

“Wall to Wall, Lindisfarne to Carlingford”

by Martin Matthews

An exhibition of Original Paintings, Limited Edition Prints and New Music.  Experience a journey from Lindisfarne to the Mourne Mountains in music and paint.

This highly successful exhibition, last shown in Durham in February 2014, is again being shown at the World Heritage Site Visitor Centre, and this time will be accompanied by the newly released CD “Cowraik to Carlingford” the partner piece to the first CD in the cycle, “Lindisfarne to Walltown”.

 It gives us great pleasure to invite you to the opening of this exhibition, please RSVP if you would like to join us at the World Heritage Site Visitor Centre on the 4th May (6pm – 7.30pm), meet the artist, and enjoy some refreshments. Our address and contact details are below.

We look forward to seeing you.

Best wishes,

 Jo

Shift Leader

Durham World Heritage Site Visitor Centre

7 Owengate

Durham

DH1 3HB

 Phone:     0191 334 3805

Email:        visitor.centre@dur.ac.uk                                                         

Website:  http://www.durhamworldheritagesite.com/