Welcome to our festival of hope
Hi, Welcome to the Festival of Hope! On this page you’ll find stories of hope, online theatre and interviews with leaders in the museum sector. We’ve had to change the plan of our festival. So over the course of lockdown we have shaped and designed our smaller project to suit its new online home. Hope you enjoy!
Bolton Library and Museum Services
For a fun family day out and inspiration for all, Bolton’s Libraries and Museums are the place to go. Visit our museum galleries; including the spectacular, new Bolton’s Egypt, with its amazing, full-scale recreation of the tomb of Thutmose III. There is also the family friendly Bolton’s Nature, Bolton’s Art and Bolton’s History to see plus much more.
Open since 1941, the Bolton’s Aquarium is the only one of its kind in Greater Manchester; it has a stunning display of freshwater fish from all over the world. Our Historic Halls Hall i’ th’ Wood Museum is a Grade 1, 16th century half-timbered hall and is one of the North-west’s most famous buildings. Smithills Hall dates right back to the 14th century and reveals amazing secrets about its history.
Bolton’s 10 free libraries provide services for residents, visitors, students and workers in the town. Each library has computers with free internet access and a wide range of online services.
There is something for everybody across Bolton Libraries and Museums but if you can’t visit us at this time there is still plenty to see online including gallery tours, collection stories, activities and highlights from our aquarium.
ENJOY THE SHOW!
Interview with Sacha Coward
Young Producer: Jayden
Featuring: Sacha Coward
Live at 6pm 31st July
Join us for an exclusive interview between museum practitioner Sacha Coward and Young Bolton Producer Jayden. They’ll talk hope for the future in museum and heritage, escape rooms and top tips for getting your voice heard as a young person.
A Stitch in Time
Young Producers: Megan and Hannah
Featuring: Time Will Tell Theatre
Live on 1st August from 12pm – 1.15pm
Bolton, 1870, a bustling mill town on the up and up. Join two Boltonians as they talk about work, home and leisure and what Bolton means to them!
Bolton 1870; A Stitch in Time
Join our two Boltonians of 1870, to learn about life, work, home and play, for Annie Coe, a mill worker, and Mrs. Mary Crompton, daughter of a gentry family, married to a mill owner. Both live in Bolton, but their experiences are very different. One labours in the spinning shed of one of the many mills operating in Victorian Bolton, the other supports her husband’s work and involves herself in local charities. They are both products of the age in which they lived and the situation of the town of Bolton, as one of the north’s powerhouses of cotton manufacturing. Although they are at different ends of the class system of the time, their voices are still relevant today, and neither of them is backward in coming forward with their thoughts and opinions!
TWT specialise in creating performance on heritage and historical themes, especially on lesser known areas of our past. This project was a brilliant opportunity to explore the lives of women in Bolton from different ends of the social scale in 1870, and their contribution to the town’s legacy. We wanted to present a positive image of Victorian women, away from the stereotypes of the rough mill girl or the cosseted rich man’s wife. We wanted to tell two contrasting stories, connected by being set in Bolton, a town that, in 1870, was recovering from a crisis and finding its feet and fortune again. A story of hope in the future, rather than despair at the past. We wanted each character to talk about their work, their home and their leisure time.
We were helped enormously in our research by the staff of Bolton Museum, who provided answers to many questions, and checked the scripts for any historical (or otherwise) inaccuracies. I started by reading as much as I could on the Textile Revolution, and then honing it down to the period 1865-1870, and then going into more detail about the particular experience of Bolton at that time. I pored through lots of surviving newspaper accounts of the ups and downs of life in Bolton. There seemed to be a lot of fires! The monologues were researched, written and then sent out to our actors to learn. We filmed the monologues on a farm, where we had old buildings, and relative quiet, to give atmosphere. The filming was completed over two days, then edited and a soundtrack added. We hope you enjoy the results in “Bolton 1870; A Stitch in Time”!
12pm - Annie Coe - A mill worker – Work
12.15pm - Annie Coe - A mill worker - Home
12.30pm - Annie Coe - A mill worker – Play
12.45pm - Mrs. Mary Crompton - A mill owner's wife - Work
1pm - Mrs. Mary Crompton - A mill owner's Wife - Home
1.15pm – Mrs. Mary Crompton - A mill owner's Wife - Play
Young Producers: Aleena, Cecilia, Hannah, Jayden, Lexi, Megan, Miranda, Monty, Sunjoo
Featuring: Tina Dempsey
Live from 2nd August 3pm
Curated in collaboration with visual artist Tina Dempsey, we collected stories of hope from people across Greater Manchester to put together our ‘Share Hope’ gallery – messages of hope from people ages 14 to 74!
These stories tell messages of love, loss, and overcoming struggles in our life. We’ve learnt that we have so much in common when it comes to our idea of hope – check out these stories below.