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Persian Tea Party at the National Maritime Museum

on Dec 27, 2011

Orangery Tea Parties at the National Maritime Museum: English Tea Party

on Dec 3, 2011

Hosting a series of 4 tea parties that are part of the ‘Traders Unpacked’ season of events, activities and workshops to mark the new permanent gallery  Traders: The East India Company and Asia. This gallery explores the history and continuing relevance of Britain’s trade with Asia, looking at this compelling story through the lens of the East India Company. Our English tea party took place on Sunday 2nd October in the Orangery, in the beautiful Queen’s House. Hosting a traditional afternoon tea, our guests sampled scones and cakes with several cups of tea over a series of fun and interactive parlour games. Here’s some photos from the day. Photo credits: Mikey...

Greenwich Stories

on Aug 2, 2011

During our tea party at the National Maritime Museum our guests created 4 great stories. Read on to see what they came up with….. Story 1 On a bright and sunny Sunday morning in Greenwich Park, Mr & Mrs Smith happened upon the stately structure of Greenwich National Maritime Museum and decided to visit the exhibition of Brian ‘The Corkscrew’ Turner, who, despite only having one arm, was quite the accomplished swimmer nad held records on three continents. More famous than Brian was probably the author Tom Wolfe, creator of ‘The Bonfire of the Vanities’, who is although unknown to him, the descendants of an illustrious forebear James whose image adorns the hill, high in Greenwich Park. Ah! I omitted to mention the statue abuts the Royal Observatory where you find the Meridian line & Flamsteeds House. Flamsteed being the first astronomer Royal. Story 2 On a bright and sunny Sunday morning in Greenwich Park, Mr & Mrs Jones enjoyed the beautiful views as they sought a spot for their picnic. They walked along the river front toward the awesome Cutty Sark. The very same place 50 years to the day they pledged their love for each other and vowed to spend the rest of their lives together. ‘Have you forgotten the blanket?’ said the man. With my 4 sons, a favourite walk and dog Jellieve, the park children and a football. Jellieve off his lead, he was a very friendly dog who tended to visit family groups in the park. Guess what happens next? The family picnic is scoffed and mother has to offer profuse apologies. Greenwich Park is a great family playground and long may it continue to be so. Story 3 On a bright and sunny Sunday morning in Greenwich Park, Mr & Mrs Smith were walking their dog in the park, when they saw the dome of the Royal Observatory. Why was this area so popular? They didn’t know this so had to look up on Wikipedia to find out. Unfortunately they didn’t own an iPhone or Blackberry so the only information available to them was from books in the library! Story 4 On a bright and sunny Sunday morning in Greenwich Park, Mr & Mrs Offer decided to come down to visit the museum after 100 years after leaving the place for the first time. It is 2037…….. Mr & Mrs Offer’s children, using a hover drive skateboard to travel up to the Royal Observatory to open the memory box buried under the Planetarium. They found the map of a treasure in a parallel universe. They have to create a black hole to discover the hoard. It is most likely that the hole will be below rather than above ground if the treasure is to be tangible. ‘Our riches are our collections – not forgetting our buildings, for eg the Queen’s House, Royal Observatory and National Maritime Museum. All in all 4 great tales created!  ...

A Local Dialogue Exhibition – 22nd May till 24th July

on Jul 31, 2011

For those of you who were unable to make it over to see the exhibition whilst it was up at Valentines Mansion, here’s a selection of images to give you an insight into what was missed. The exhibition is a culmination of the conversations that took place during the residency at the tea parties and walks. The conversations are presented using a variety of multimedia, including photography, sound, audio and film and installation. Photo credits: Connie Taylor & Mikey...

A Local Dialogue comes to Greenwich

on Jul 7, 2011

Were excited to share that A Local Dialogue is travelling to Greenwich, more specifically to the National Maritime Museum to mark the opening of the new Sammy Ofer wing. What are your memories of Greenwich Park and the Museum? How would you like to see the Museum and Park used in the future? The National Maritime Museum would love to hear your stories about the Park and Museum over the years to help us plan our 75th anniversary celebrations next year. Join artist Sadia Ur-Rehman, local residents, and Museum staff and volunteers, for a special tea party in the new Sammy Ofer Wing café. Delicious teas and cakes will be served, while Sadia chairs some parlour games to get your table talking. This event is FREE but booking is required as there are only 40 spaces available. Morning tea party 11.30 – 12.30 (20 spaces) Afternoon tea party 14.30 – 15.30 (20 spaces) To book your free place please email Sara Wajid at swajid@nmm.ac.uk...

A Local Dialogue Walk

on Jun 19, 2011

Good morning folks! Were delivering our final event for the project at Valentines Mansion. Explore the local area surrounding Valentines Mansion with Artist Sadia Ur-Rehman on Sunday 26th June at 2pm. Follow clues as you are guided to key hotspots in the locale. Share stories, facts and memories as you investigate and delve into the vicinity. Free, but booking essential. Bookings: 020 8708...

Local Talk

on Jun 19, 2011

Here is an extract from one of the conversations that took place during the project at Valentines Mansion: ‘Local, public house, public toilet, council, counsellor, man, woman, talk, cheap, charity shops, books, Ilford, stories, block of flats. Local to block of flats, that’s true as there are so many flats being built now. It’s kind of scary because we have all this demand for housing, but the services don’t really meet the demand, there’s an influx of people. The library is small as it is. They’re trying to cut out libraries. They should be expanding the library. It’s important for children to read, they’re playing video games and watching television instead. I remember the original library; there was a wonderful smell of all the old books. When I was a child I used to love going there, and I used to work in there as well. I used to stamp the books when people were going...

A Local Dialogue Talk

on Jun 4, 2011

On Sunday 12th June 2011, 2 – 3pm, Artist in Residence, Sadia Ur-Rehman will be giving a talk about the project ‘A Local Dialogue’ and the processes involved at Valentines Mansion. You will also have an opportunity to visit the exhibition. If you would like to attend please call Valentines Mansion on 020 8708 8100.