The opening of the new Mayflower Room at the United Reformed Church in Gainsborough took place on Saturday 11 May, as part of the West Lindsey Churches Festival. National dance project The Imagination Museum: Mayflower 400 presented their first playful, imaginative and moving dance performances as part of the event. The multi award-winning choreographer Katie Green and her dancers presented a piece about determination and the extraordinary things that it makes ordinary people do.
The Imagination Museum is part of a three-year project leading up to the 2020 anniversary of the sailing of the Mayflower. Many of the passengers on board the Mayflower were from this area, and the congregation of the John Robinson Memorial Church have chosen to mark this historic anniversary by creating a special space to tell that story, thanks to a range of grants obtained over the past year.
Chairman of West Lindsey District Council, Mrs Pat Mewis, was honoured to be able to open the new room and watch the new dance piece alongside visitors to the church last Saturday.
There is another chance to see the dance performances later in May at Gainsborough Old Hall. Performances are scheduled for Saturday 25 May at 11.30am and 2pm (the standard entry charge applies 11am-5pm but there is no additional event charge).
In The Imagination Museum: Mayflower 400, 3 eccentric tour guides lead the audience on a journey through history, using movement, text and music to explore what it was really like for many of the passengers from this area who travelled from England to America aboard the Mayflower in 1620.
Lincolnshire-born choreographer Katie Green says: “I am thrilled to be returning to Lincolnshire to respond to such a significant event in the area’s history. This is the very beginning of our Imagination Museum: Mayflower 400 project which starts this year in Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire and will travel via Hampshire to Plymouth in October 2020, in line with the journey that people from this area took 400 years ago.”
To find out more about how you can get involved in The Imagination Museum: Mayflower 400 project, contact [email protected]