Project Description

A multi-arts projects with participants from across the Commonwealth.

Keep Sakes was created with 20 women from across the Commonwealth, alongside military and civilian children. Combining research with oral histories, the group undertook an investigation into the history of Kingston Keep. One of only three left in the UK, they tracked its history from the end of the Great War through to the current day. Through a series of creative projects we showcased the changing face of the site from a fully operating military barracks to the home it is today for families from across the commonwealth. 

The project took place from January – July 2017.

Some of its key achievements included

  • Providing 55 workshops for children, adults and school students.
  • Creating a heritage cartoon which shares the history of the building with children. This was co-created with a group of 26 10 year olds who spent a month working with artists to develop the story.
  • Touring a production based on the cartoon to five schools and to one army audience. Accompanying the production with an original resource pack
  • Launching the cartoon with 70 members from military families.
  • Creating a permanent piece of  wall art depicting the history of the Keep, in the community space 
  • Training 9 participants in collecting oral histories.
  • Involving families from a range countries including Macedonia, India and Jamaica.

Contact us to receive a free downloadable version of the heritage cartoon, resource packs for Keystage one and/or two.

Keep Sakes was made possible thanks to funding from The Heritage Lottery Fund.