The mosaic making sessions are underway! Date for our drop-in day is now Saturday 4th November 10am-4.30pm at St Thomas’ Church. Come along and help make our new mosaic for Greencroft Street.
Dates for the Greencroft Street mosaic making sessions are on the Mosaic section of the website. We’re really looking forward to doing another mosaic and have already had lots of people wanting to take part.
We are going to be starting work on two more community mosaics – one on the history of Greencroft Street and one on the history of Culver Street / The Invicta Leatherworks. If anyone has any photographs of either street please let us know as the more pictorial reference we have the better.
Our historian, George Fleming, has been busy doing talks about the project to groups across South Wiltshire. We always get great feedback about George’s talks. Contact us if you would like him to do something for your group!
This month we have also been to a meeting of local History Teachers, held at Salisbury Museum, to remind them about our wonderful resources. We are really pleased to have got some bookings for our free resource boxes and for George to take children from Greenfields Primary School on one of his fantastic walks in the summer.
We are working on getting other grants to run our mosaic project, and in the meantime we continue to add pages to this website, and answer queries about the project from around the world!
We are very pleased to have the backing of Wiltshire Council’s Salisbury Area Board towards our mosaic project.
We are pleased to have got our funding off the ground with a grant from Salisbury City Council’s Community Development Grant scheme. We have also got pledges from Salisbury and Stonehenge Tours, and the Friends of St Thomas’ Church. Thanks to all of them.
We are looking for funding to get even more people exploring our archives, learning about the area’s heritage and having fun making mosaics while they do it! We’re also hoping to be bringing you an insight into life in Culver Street “before the bridge” with a fantastic mural and associated workshops for local people. Watch this space for more news!
We are delighted to have been awarded not just one but TWO awards by the Community Archives and Heritage Group!
Our community mosaic, depicting some of the history of Winchester Street, is now finished. Over 70 people helped to make it! We will be holding a celebration for everyone who has taken part on Fri 24th April, and then the mosaic will be put into place at the top end of Winchester Street some time after that (we’re in negotiation with Highways England about it).
The mosaic workshops have been going really well and have been very busy – nearly 40 people have joined in so far. Some have just come to one session for a couple of hours, and others have come to every session and spent several hours!
Next is our Drop-in Session at Salisbury Arts Centre on Sat 7th March between 11am and 3pm. There will be some final work to do on the border of the mosaic, plus for those who want to take something home there are mosaic tiles which can be made for £3 (to cover materials).
This month we start work on a new community mosaic, to be positioned at the top of Winchester Street. The design has been completed by mosaic artist Joanna Dewfall, following consultation with local people. The theme is the history of Winchester Street, and the design includes lots of fascinating elements of this busy highway, including bicycles, sheep, The Titanic (see our page on Eileen O’Leary if you don’t know why) and a drunken brawl!
If you would like to help make the mosaic, sessions are being held on Wednesday afternoon throughout January plus two Sundays (25th Jan and 1st Feb). Contact us for more details.
Many thanks to Community First for funding the mosaic.