new henge heritage
A Time and Space residency with artist Arianne Churchman at Metal Peterborough funded by Arts Council England
The project centred around a tiny Neolithic Standing Stone about which very little is known. It was relocated from Orton Longueville during Peterborough's expansion of the 1960's to make way for a housing development. It now resides on the lawn outside Peterborough Museum.
We met with Archaeoastronomer Dan Brown, Archaeologist Katy Soar, and Historian Stuart Orme to research a speculative history of The Stone. We then worked with members of The Green Backyard, a community garden in the centre of Peterborough that shares a similar narrative as their site has been under threat of sale to property developers. They have recently secured a lease from the council allowing them to stay.
We developed the project through a series of open talks, workshops, and rehearsals including a Sound Workshop by Rebecca Lee. These created elements of a performative Human Stone Circle that attempted to re-align The Peterborough Stone with its new site and re-ritualise it within the local community.
The residency culminated in a dawn performance around The Stone itself, an afternoon performance at The Green Backyard's Spring Celebration, a coach tour on The Megalith Bus led by comedian JB Carter and a final film.
The Mobile Peterborough Stones were made up of; Alun Williams, Arianne Churchman, Chloe Langlois, Claire Middleton, Darren Leeder, Deborah Watson, Kat Cashman, Katy Hawkins, Kerry Devine, Lauren Kendrick, Michelle Cooper and Sue Shields.