Events at Wythenshawe Hall

Wythenshawe Games 2014  

 
                   

 

The Friends of Wythenshawe Hall in partnership with CCS opened Wythenshawe Hall to visitors for a period of 9 days during the Wythenshawe Games. Through strong partnership working and funding from WCHG and the Culture Team, the FoWH were able to deliver a packed schedule of 1940s themed events and activities throughout the games. 7329 visitors came to the Hall during the Games; local residents and visitors from Greater Manchester and tourists from further afield attended this popular community event.

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Day 1 was opened by local band Dr. Butler’s Hatstand Medicine Band, who delivered great foot stomping music to a very appreciative audience. Reminiscing times gone by, audience members enjoyed a flag waving nostalgic afternoon with Soprano Fiona Harrison and her 1940s musical roadshow.

Comments about  the day’s visit:

“Marvellous, well done – we loved the band” Joshua 5 years

“I wasn’t expecting the music and singing, a lovely experience.” EJ

“Everything was lovely and I knew all the songs, coming back for next session.” Mary W

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In total 629 local residents and visitors to the Hall engaged in Quarantine Theatre Company’s Soldier Song Karaoke installation, which was funded by the Culture Team. Participants of all ages enjoyed this unique experience in which many found to be quite thought provoking.

Comments about the day’s visit:

“It was so nice to have that connection, God Bless, Queenie.”

“Keep safe (bring them all home). The kids loved it! Great to sing for a good cause!”

“Singing with a serving NCO of long standing. It felt a good thing to do and quite a lovely experience. God bless the Armed Services. Thank you Dave and Maureen.”

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The FoWH, dressed in period costume, delivered living history throughout the Games. Visitors were really interested to see what a week’s rations of food looked like, sample recipes from the 40s and browse the collection of 40s memorabilia. Northwest Film Archive kindly loaned “Manchester – we took it too”, a film about the Manchester Blitz. Children learnt through creative play a little more about WW2 with Archives+ who brought their WW2 themed craft sessions to the Hall for 2 days.

Comments about the day’s visit:

“It was amazing and wonderful learning about the amazing stuff.”

“The house is a great thing for the kids to learn a bit of history.”

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Through funding from the Culture Team, Brighter Sounds brought their “Hall of Sounds” workshops to the Hall. Young people took up the opportunity to work with a professional song writing artist producing a “Wythenshawe Ballad”.  Sing City choir and artist Jen Reid performed the finished piece during the final weekend and a printed copy of the ballad will reside in the Hall as a lasting legacy to the Games. Digital artists worked with local young people to produce a digital sound and projection piece which was performed by the young people. As a direct result of this project, the group of young people have expressed an interest in forming a youth division of the Friends of Wythenshawe Hall.

Comments about the day’s visit:

“I really enjoyed using the equipment, I’ve never had a chance to do anything like this before. It was great.” Lucy Seymour

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The final weekend of the Games saw the Hall celebrate the era of the 40s with a vintage market and pop up beauty parlour, tea dance with Sisters in Song and Lindy Hopping lessons and demonstrations. A special performance from the Hall’s artist in residence Scarlett Quigley enthralled the audience and local residents dressed in WW2 uniform kept the spirit of the 40s alive.

Comments about the day’s visit:

“Enjoyable visit brought back memories of our childhood here…a big thank you to all the volunteers for their hard work.” Joshua

“Very nice hall and the kids really enjoyed the tour around. The representatives were very helpful and answered all my questions.”

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