Foundation Diploma Art and Design Students from Wiltshire College worked with artist Henny Burnett to explore visual responses to the hidden mysteries and secrets found in the Cathedral’s archive.
You can see some of their artwork by clicking here
Year 9 Students from Sarum Academy worked with musicians from SoCo Music Project to explore how memories can influence music and how music can become an archive in its own right.
The students' compositions were incorporated into the 2017 Salisbury Festival and the recordings have been added to the archive collection.
"It is exciting to be writing history inspired by history. The historical archives of Salisbury Cathedral capture the essence of community and it is an honour to be contributing to these archives for future generations to come." Olly Lewis, SoCo Music Project
Young Carers, supported by Youth Action Wiltshire, collaborated with animation artists from City Eye. They focussed on the Cathedral’s large collection of glass plate negatives and photographs as well as illuminated books. They responded by making a series of short stop-frame animations which fit together to make a short film.
“This project has made me feel more interested in archives and local history.” Young participant
"When we started this project we were really eager that the young people would have the opportunity to respond creatively to the historical items, artefacts and stories of the Cathedral. We wanted them to have fun and enjoy the opportunity to express themselves whilst working – and to learn new skills which would enable them to continue making animations once the project finished. What we predicted less was the extent to which they engaged with the archive as a constantly evolving treasure trove and their sense that through this project they each took their place within it.
Some of the young people have worked alone and some in small groups to make short animations inspired by the Cathedral and their visit to it. Each of these short pieces, using different styles and techniques, will come together to make one film telling the story of their journey to the Cathedral Archive."
Susan Beckett - Director at City Eye
In 2017 Salisbury Festival teamed up with Salisbury Cathedral to develop an unusual opportunity for a range of community groups to explore the incredible collection of materials held in the Cathedral’s archive and medieval library and then respond to them through the arts.
An archive is the memory of any organisation – this project sought to bring the Cathedral’s memories to life and find new and inspiring ways for the community to interact with them.
Starting in January 2017, five community groups were paired with artists to spend time exploring the archive. Each group then worked with their artist to develop their own creative responses to the rich source material.
The creative journeys of each group are documented on this website along with information about the archive collection itself and additional project activity.
Older people living with dementia and their carers created dance and movement inspired by the archives under the guidance of dance artist Rebecca Seymour.
Participants learned about the archive through photos, pieces of parchment, quills, chorister’s maths books and some of the oldest books in the collection. After looking at these artefacts the group then respond creatively using movement and music, particularly relevant songs and hymns. The participants’ stories were captured on film and can be viewed here.
An open group recruited from across Salisbury worked with Stephanie Jalland, Artistic Director of Hoodwink, to delve into the archives.
Using theatre techniques they created archives of their own lives to add to the collection. They considered the meaning of an archive and decided what objects and memories they would like to leave behind for future visitors to share.