The SSI is taking part in the Heritage Skills Festival to be held at Lincoln Cathedral on 23 and 24 June 2017. Some 25-plus City of London Livery Companies will be joining with the Cathedral authorities to celebrate a wide range of traditional skills and crafts, including those used to maintain and preserve the Cathedral and other heritage crafts.
SSI Fellows Cathy Stables and Tony Curtis will be demonstrating their calligraphic skills on a stand the Society is sharing with the Worshipful Company of Scriveners. It will be a wonderful opportunity for the public to see modern calligraphers at work creating something beautiful.
As part of the Festival, the Cathedral is also running a competition for school children in Lincolnshire to create a ‘Marvellous Manuscript’. The task involves creating a piece of prose or poetry loosely based on the Charter of the Forest (1217), writing it out and decorating it. The SSI has participated in workshops for schools to encourage the children to think about what they would write and how they would lay that out and illustrate it on paper.
Lincoln Cathedral Audience Development Officer, Fern Dawson, said, “The kids had a great time. They were so excited to get started on their manuscripts at school. The teachers were also full of praise.” Judging from the workshops, we can expect some manuscripts about Paddington Bear in the rainforest! The competition entries will be displayed in the Cathedral’s Chapter House for the duration of the Festival, and the winners will be announced at 11 am on Saturday 24 June.
Many of the items produced by the Livery Companies’ representatives during the two days of the Festival will be donated for an auction taking place on the afternoon of 24 June. As well as these activities, other events that will be part of the Festival are live music, a medieval market and mystery plays.
Entry to the Festival is free of charge. See https://lincolncathedral.com/forthcoming-events/heritage-skills-festival/ for more details.
View a flyer for the event here heritage_skills_flyer