ArtReach is a charity and arts organisation that works across the country to deliver high quality arts and heritage projects that are focused on making culture accessible. The organisation has a main base in Leicester, where it delivers a range of local activity that includes an annual refugee arts Festival.
In 2018 ArtReach started working with the Churches Conservation Trust, to deliver community activity at the former All Saints Church in the city. Located in Highcross Street, All Saints Church is a Grade I listed medieval building, which has mostly been out of use since it stopped operating as a church in 1983.
In order to effectively develop this exciting programme, we are looking for a research team comprising of local volunteers. Supported with heritage experts, the team will create a booklet “All Saints Church and Medieval Leicester”, which will be handed out freely to visitors in the church, and pop-up interpretation panels for the building.
Volunteers will be given some basic training on research methods and meet regularly between now and the end of March. Please note that volunteers must be aged 18 and over.
However, if you would like to be considered for this varied and interesting role, please complete our online form here.
Once we’ve received your application, the team will be in touch to arrange an informal chat via telephone.
If you have any further questions, please contact Beth Piggott at email@example.com.
Session 1: Introduction to ‘Making Medieval Leicester Heritage Visible’ (Wednesday, January 15)
In this first session, we will give an overview of the project and what will be involved in producing the booklet ‘Making Medieval Leicester Heritage Visible’. There will be an introduction to research skills that will help you to carry out research and we will decide together which topics we would like to focus on for the booklet. Possible topics could include:
- Margery Kempe and Medieval Women
- The Building and Material Culture of All Saints Church
- Medieval Leicester: People and Place
- Religion and Radicalism in Medieval Leicester
A template will be provided to help you plan your research and identify relevant material.
Session 2: Record Office Talk (Wednesday, January 22)
This session will involve a trip to the Leicestershire Record Office in Wigston. We will have a talk by one of the archivists at the Record Office about the medieval collections they hold and gain tips for carrying out research on local history.
Expenses will be given to cover your transport costs to the Record Office.
Session 3: Writing History (Wednesday, February 5)
We will have a talk by a heritage expert on an aspect of Medieval Leicester. This will help to expand our knowledge of the topic and contribute to your research for the
booklet. In this session, we will also draw together the research that we have been doing and begin to think about how this can be written up and presented in the booklet. This will include deciding on the structure and layout of the booklet and any images we should include to complement the written passages.
A template will be provided to help you structure and present your written research.
Session 4: Heritage Centre Visit (Wednesday, February 19)
We will visit the Heritage Centre at De Montfort University. The Centre is built around the medieval arches of the Church of Annunciation, which was a significant religious site during the 1300s. It is believed to be the site where King Richard III’s body was laid out to the public before being taken to Grey Friars Church. The visit will include a tour by heritage centre staff of the medieval aspects of the campus including the Castle Precinct and Great Hall, Trinity Chapel and the Chantry House.
The displays at the Heritage Centre will enable to look at the public display of local history and provide ideas for our project on All Saints.
Session 6: Creative Interpretations of History (Thursday, March 5)
This session will focus on compiling all your research and writing for the booklet. We will also think about other creative interpretations that could be displayed in the church (e.g. panels, projections) drawing on your research. The team will be invited to the first viewing of the community play telling the story of Margery Kempe for the Liberty UK Festival taking place in Leicester (Dates 5-8 March 2020).
Session 7: Bringing it Together (Wednesday, March 18)
In this final session, we will view some of the outputs of the project, including the booklet, any creative interpretations. There will also be an opportunity to reflect on how the project has gone and what we have learnt.