Supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund Bolton Smart Enterprise has delivered a number of high quality Heritage focused projects.
Bolton Smart Heritage Projects
This Heritage Project focused on Egyptology and Bolton’s significant collection of Egyptian artefacts including a mummy currently being prepared for a brand new Egyptology Gallery in Bolton Museum. The publicity surrounding the possible installation of the simulated tomb of Thutmose III inspired young people’s interest in Egyptology and what it means to Bolton. Our History Group peer mentors decided to apply to the Heritage Lottery so they could conduct further research into why Bolton has such a huge collection.
Young people were fascinated by the story of the local Boltonians, Annie Barlow, and researched her connection to Egypt and what impact she has had on the Egyptology collection housed in Bolton Museum. Young people also conducted researched of artefacts and the unwrapped mummy thought to be a son of Rameses II. Young people explored the concept that the Egyptians buried various artefacts to be used in the afterlife such as furniture, food, clothing, jewellery and other everyday items along with the body of the deceased. Participants were supported by Bolton Museum in their research into the history of Egyptian artefacts and used their findings to reflect upon what objects/artefacts they can create that would represent their own lives today and that could depict their own identities with the Intention to create an exhibition of work that is inspired by the ancient crafts of the ancient Egyptians. Young people were really inspired by the history around the involvement of Local Bolton resident Annie Barlow (1863-1941) and how she has influenced and contributed towards the development of the Museum’s collection. Initially donating so many items to Bolton the council built The Chadwick Museum, which used to be situated in Queens Park. Young people created artefact pieces such as jewellery, ceramics, paintings, drawings, and sculptures.
This project enriched Bolton young people with a deeper understanding about Egyptian daily life and the afterlife artefacts and possessions they left behind and young people explored what most influences them from the collection and created inspiring, stimulating work that compliments the Egyptian artefacts. Young people explored the concept of what they might leave behind themselves regarding their possessions, artefacts and objects that represent their life and how these will tell a story about them to future generations. Young people learnt research methods supported by library induction training delivered by Bolton Libraries and learnt a wide range of creative skills and had the opportunity to become mentors and support other young people in researching and exploring heritage. Young people participated in a number of Volunteer training workshops throughout the project. The project research findings were presented in a project booklet and shared with other youth groups in Bolton, Bolton Libraries and Museum, and the Barlow Institute. All the work produced during the project was displayed at a showcase celebration event.
Young People created a statement about themselves in Hieroglyphs and produced art works inspired by Egyptian architecture, sculptures and tomb artefacts and embellishments.
Above: Drawing of Thutmoses III mummy and one of our visits to Annie Barlow institute. Below: Some of the Contemporary Shabti’s produced by all members of the heritage project.
Here are some of the artefacts we viewed in the Museum Store
Heritage Lottery Project – Image Me Image You
Please look at our website https://imagemeimageyou.org
Bolton Smart Enterprise worked with and supported young people to develop an online archive resource of local disabled people and famous disabled people both historical and contemporary that have U.K. heritage, and who have significantly achieved in their chosen disciplines throughout their lives and who have overcome the barriers that their disability presented in partnership with Bolton Museum, Libraries and Art Gallery. The project gave the opportunity for Bolton young people to be involved with an extensive research project that celebrates both historical and contemporary disabled people who have significantly achieved throughout their lives. The website features the main points in the characters history including some portrait art work created by young people during the project. Please visit the website to explore the range of interesting characters we discovered. www.imagemeimageyou.org.
Charles Dickens Sir Winston Churchill Russell Brand John Lennon
By Aaron Kearsley By Aaron Kearsley By Aaron Kearsley By Aaron Kearsley
Maggie Aderin-Pocock Stephen Fry John Lennon Shabani Kilasi Self Portrait
by Aaron Kearsley by Joseph Burke By Julianne Woodfin
Heritage Project – Times Past
The Times Past Young Roots Heritage project consisted of researching Bolton’s rich architectural past. Young people involved researched twelve significant buildings and developed a range of art works to document and celebrate their research findings that included drawings, tracings, digital photographs, collages, and textiles which featured buildings such as The Bolton Town Hall, Hall’i’thwood, Smithills Hall, Turton Tower, Bolton One, Reebok Stadium and St Helena Mill. The group produced a historical booklet documenting the information they discovered about each of the buildings researched and the artworks produced were displayed alongside the information to create a local history archive to share with everyone across Bolton. The Booklet can be located at Bolton Library in the local studies section.
The artwork was professionally mounted and framed for the showcase exhibition event that took place at The Octagon Theatre, Bolton. For more images please see our Flickr page accessible from the Gallery.
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