Mike is honoured that the Farmland Museum has asked him to become a creative partner.
What does this mean?
Overall he sees his part of the partnership as making his skills and knowledge available to the museum to enhance and develop their strategies, plans and projects where it is relevant. Sometimes that will be as a performer and at other times it may use some of my other skills, whether as a teacher, speaker or researcher. Mike is also happy to pass on some of my contacts where that will help broaden the scope of the Museums presentation.
This has meant the following involvement
1) As a performer. The most visible aspect is my involvement in many of the Special Events at the Museum as a performer:- 40’s at Denny, Farm & Countryside Life and Apples, Pumpkins & Spooks all with their own distinctive songs and tunes.
2) The Music Project. The creation of the Songs of Farming Life CD which includes a number of tracks collected locally. My contribution to this was the research and planning plus my time in the studio. Phase 2 & 3 are now getting to the detailed planning stage
3) As a Maypole specialist Mike was involved in the culmination of the Enid Porter project which was hosted by the Museum. He has also been instrumental in the Museum purchasing it’s own Maypole and they have hosted a Teacher Training session which he I ran. We are hoping that more of the staff will get this training in the future to make even more use of this resource
4) Mike has been involved with some talks at the Museum. One on Christmas Customs which was a joint presentation with Ann Wise and one on Medieval Music and Dance for an English Heritage Study Day.
5) Development of the Dancing Through History workshopsand events. Last year these were a joint production with the Cambridge Museum of Technology. For this year the Farmland Museum is not involved directly as the Museum of Technology takes over the whole event.