Community Mapping Land of the Fanns 100 Stories Project
Kinetika is a Purfleet based arts organisation and we are working with Land of the Fanns to deliver a Community Mapping project. We are inviting local people and communities to identify and celebrate 100 Stories gathered in response to the different Landscape Character Areas within the Land of the Fanns area.
Between 26 Oct-2 Nov 2019 (Half-term) participants will be invited to Kinetika’s studio at High House Production Park to write up the stories, create illustrations, make short audio recordings and films that will be shared on the Land of the Fanns website.
In the Spring of 2020 participants will turn the drawings in to 100 silk flags using Kinetika’s batik process. The flags and the sharing of stories will form part of the celebratory Walking Arts Festival planned for May/June 2020.
Over the summer 2019 we are collecting in stories, see below.
Call out for stories
We are searching for the top 100 stories in the Land of the Fanns.
The summer holidays are perfect for spending time outside with friends and family, why not tell us your stories of the places you visit?
Send us your top story from one of your favourite places in your local area.
See above for a map of the Land of the Fanns and sites to explore, plus downloadable guidelines for story themes and a Story Form to write your story on here:
To book free drawing workshops over summer 2019 please click here.
When you are ready please send us 500-1000 words, a couple of photos and even a drawing.
Some handy tips for you to get started:
- What’s your top story? Give it a title
- What is it about? Describe the landscape.
- Where does it take place – a visual description, colours, smells, sounds.
- What’s beneath your feet, what’s around you, what’s on the horizon?
- Can you see the river, a lake, a pond?
- Are there any insects, birds, creatures moving around?
- Is the story about the past, the present or the future? Or all of the above?
- What’s the main object, who is the main character – describe them.
- What were they doing, what are they going to do?
- What did they say, did you have a conversation? Capture a quote.
- Did the landscape/the person have an impact on you?
- How do you feel about your story/the experience you had visiting the site?
- Do you have a role in looking after it? Would you like to be more involved with protecting its future?
- Does your story feature a local building, piece of land or viewpoint which you consider to be of particular value to the local community? Find out more about what a Community Asset is here.
o Add a drawing – which could be a simple map or diagram, or an illustration of nature, wildlife or a building.
o Add a photo too that sums up your story and give it a caption.
o Submit your stories by Sunday 8th September, either by email or post.
Post: Jo Beal, Kinetika, 119 Artists Studios, High House Production Park, Off Purfleet Bypass, Purfleet, Thurrock RM19 1AS
The ‘Community Mapping’ project is comprised of three elements, relating to the recording, sharing and protecting of community valued heritage across the landscape. The project will commence in Year 2, building on the narrative framework enabled by the Land of the Fanns book synposis (B1.1) and the recording of historic features in the ‘Designed Landscapes’ project (B2.1) both starting in Year 1.
The first element – recording – will entail reaching out into the community to capture feelings and memories that can be mapped against heritage sites across the Land of the Fanns area. To kick start this process (which commenced on a limited scale during the development phase), up-front training and support in heritage research and recording will be provided so that a core group of volunteers can be involved in collecting the information and stories. Throughout the rest of the LotF LPS, further rounds of story collection will take place to develop an archive of information and to ensure that a wider range of people can participate in the project. The ongoing commitment to gathering information will also allow the project to be tweaked as needed during the scheme in response to volunteer and community feedback.
There could be an opportunity to link this project to the Arts Trail/Festival (D2.2), working with artists to capture stories and memories in creative ways. This could help ensure linkages between the cultural story of Land of the Fanns, and a wider arts-led festival that reaches a wider audience. This opportunity will be explored further during Year 1 of the Scheme.
The second element of the project – sharing – will ensure that the information gathered from the community is easily accessible via the various digital and physical channels created by the Landscape Partnership Scheme. In particular, this information will be linked to specific points and areas on a Land of the Fanns map so that the significance attributed by the community to identified heritage sites can be clearly identified. This will be supplemented by a programme of local events/lectures so that volunteers can share their findings and stories. The stories will also help inform some of the walks (D1.1)
The third element – protecting – will see specialist planning support commissioned during the second half of the Landscape Partnership Scheme to help create a case for adding community mapped heritage sites to local place-making related frameworks (e.g. local heritage lists in planning; community assets lists). This will include assessing the legislative opportunities available at the time. Where relevant, the cultural map of the landscape will be factored into the Landscape Management Plan (A1.1) in order to shape operational delivery as relevant. The purpose is to ensure that developments that might affect locally loved heritage assets are required to factor in the identified significance as part of any decisionmaking framework. This will support the legacy for the Landscape Partnership Scheme as a whole.