The Mix Stowmarket
The Mix Stowmarket is a youth charity which offers a range of services, including open access Drop-in’s for 11-18 years olds alongside 1-2-1 & group coaching and employability support. We operate an alternative school provision and primary school age mentoring sessions. The Mix is looking to offer more Arts based youth work to expand upon our recent Drama workshops.
Key contact: Rae Warner, Funding & Sustainability Director
The Guildhall Bury St Edmunds
The Guildhall is the oldest Civic Building in the town. There are 2 beautiful halls, a Banqueting Hall and the Court room (used by the town until the 1960s.) The old Council Chamber contains the last WW2 Royal Observer Corps Ops room and has been restored. The Garden behind the Guildhall is beautiful and an excellent space for performing arts. We regularly host art exhibitions, plays, talks and musical events.
Key contact: Catherine Buchanan, Chair of Trustees
Suffolk Libraries offers a number of ways for educational settings to get involved with the work that we do. We run a variety of multi-disciplinary participatory arts projects with young people in Suffolk. We offer advice and CPD to educational settings plus we are able to signpost a variety of local artists and organisations who are experienced in delivering workshops in creative writing, theatre, rap, music, visual arts and dance. We also offer work placements and volunteering opportunities for young people. Suffolk Libraries is also a registered Arts Award Centre. We have a downloadable Arts Award Discover logbook, using creativity to encourage reading. We can offer advice and resources in the delivery of all the Arts Award from Discover through to Gold. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more.
Key contact: Melissa Mathews, Creative Programmes Manager
The Come and Sing Company
The Come and Sing Company bring people together in song. We work with Education, Heritage, Local Government, Festivals, Businesses, Healthcare and many other sectors to bring communities, large and small, closer together.
Key contact: Tom Appleton, Artistic Director and Co-Founder
St Edmundsbury Cathedral
St. Edmundsbury Cathedral offers heritage visits and sacred spaces visits to all Key Stages and beyond to students from various educational settings. These have been developed to meet curriculum targets and give an insight into the Cathedral as a place of history and of faith. The programmes can also be tailored to your needs. The content of the day and half-day programmes allow the pupils to experience the atmosphere of the Cathedral in an interactive way, around for example, significant seasons in the Church’s year.
Key contact: Claire Cachelin, Learning Manager
The Quay Theatre
Key contact: Deirdre Duffy, Member of the Board of Trustees
Churches Conservation Trust – St Peter’s Sudbury
St Peter’s in Sudbury is a Grade 1 cultural and community venue, no longer used as a place of worship. It is currently undergoing a £2.5M National Lottery Heritage Fund regeneration project, to become a vibrant space that welcomes a wider, more diverse audience than it currently does, as a performance space, heritage attraction and place for learning. During the project there will be opportunities for the community and schools to co-create and research the stories we want to tell. We will develop Learning Activities both onsite and digitally and will be recruiting for a dedicated Learning & Participation Officer later in the project. The project will provide Sudbury with a dynamic space that can be used for all kinds of exciting events, while at the same time reconnecting the town with its history, through new and interesting ways of sharing heritage.
Key contact: Alli Burke, Development Officer St Peter’s Sudbury
The Museum Of East Anglian Life
The Museum of East Anglian Life is located in the centre of Stowmarket on a large 75 acre site. We are currently in a transition into becoming the Museum of Food. As such, are re-seeing our collections through the lens of food. We use our landscape and the objects in our collection to tell stories about food production, food preparation and food consumption. Our landscape and collection allows us to teach across subjects and also key stages. We have a range of in-person workshops and also loan boxes available, and plenty more in development. Please do get in touch to discuss possibilities.
Key contact: Chris Macfarlane
John Peel Centre For Creative Arts
The John Peel Centre for Creative Arts was founded to provide a lasting tribute to the life and career of the much-loved Radio 1 broadcaster, by creating an inspirational environment that fosters the creative energy of local people and enables wider enjoyment of the arts. In 2021, we launched a new initiative – JPC Create – which is all about celebrating creativity, and seeking out new and upcoming voices in art, music, dance, theatre, comedy and more. As well as providing somewhere for the community to come together, we also produce a programme of high-quality live events from local, national, and international artists. Please get in touch to discuss how we can work together.
Key contact: Jane Cox, Strategic Manager
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The Longshop Museum
The Long Shop Museum offers a variety of different topics and activities, which are in line with the national curriculum for both KS1 and KS2. Schools can enjoy a free teacher led visit (when pre-booked) or chose to book onto optional activities. Amongst others, topics include the Victorians, Women’s Suffrage, and the Second World War. We can also tailor workshops to suit individual schools’ requirements where desired. Visits have the option to be fully immersive taking your students back in time to experience exactly what life was really like.
Key contact: Isobel Larter, Community Engagement Officer
Suffolk Artlink has expertise in developing targeted creative participatory programmes that improve people’s health and wellbeing. We have experience in working in schools and care homes to deliver heritage focussed intergenerational projects and we have also worked with children and their parents / carers to develop relationships between families and schools.
Key contact: Hayley Field, Co-Director
Pier Projects CIC
Pier Projects commission and support artists and local communities to develop projects largely in the public realm, where we believe the impact of art to be most potent.
Key contact: Louise Stratford, Youth Engagement
Suffolk Archives looks after 900 years of Suffolk’s history. Our collections are packed with things that can support learning and bring history to life. Using sources from the archives enables us to make learning personal to your students and the places where they live, and provides opportunities for students to ask questions, and seek out the answers.
Key contact: Hannah Salisbury, Community and Learning Officer
Burwell Museum and Windmill
We offer a range of school visits and outreach sessions (face to face and via Zoom or similar). Topics include Victorians, Farming, The First World War, the Second World War and Toys, but because we’re a small local museum we can tailor a session to fit your curriculum if you want something different.
Key contact: Alison Giles, Administrator and education officer
Suffolk Regiment Museum
We welcome collaborations with schools and other education settings to develop an offer for children & young people.
Key contact: Claire Wallace, Curator
DanceEast offers a range of activity for schools and education settings across Suffolk. This includes, but not limited to, CPD for teachers: ‘Facilitating Creative Dance sessions’ and or ‘How to use Dance as a tool to teach curricular subjects’, dance days, regular or one off workshops, trips to see professional performances, project / funding specific events , support in arranging delivery of Arts Award and becoming Arts Mark (if not already)
Key contact: Chrissie Moore, Programme Manager (Participation and Engagement)
New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership
The Enterprise Adviser Network is made up of 11-19 education providers and businesses across Norfolk and Suffolk. We develop connections between schools and business, allowing students to gain insight to the fast changing world of work. Supporting schools to build careers education into their curriculums. We support businesses to volunteer in schools to bolster this careers work and create talent pipelines direct into industry. I personally work with my schools and businesses to foster innovation and new projects, developing wild ideas into practical applications for the students.
Key contact: Josie Finch, Enterprise Coordinator
Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds
Theatre Royal offers an accessible and varied yearly education programme. Reaching 3,082 students in 2019 through our participatory work alone, the education programme includes a range of projects that are accessible to schools who would otherwise be unable to access high quality cultural activity due to rural isolation or the financial burdens of a trip. To make our programme accessible to all, we ensure a majority of our projects take place out in schools, including Doorstep Theatre Festival and After School Drama Clubs. Alongside schools projects, we offer free twilight CPD sessions for teachers with our team of industry professionals and complimentary tickets to our well attended Teacher Forum evenings.
Key contact: Hayley Murrow, Creative Learning Manager
Gecko is a critically acclaimed physical theatre company, based in Ipswich, and a recommended practitioner on various GCSE, A/AS Level and IB syllabuses. Led by Gecko’s devising performers, our ½, 1 and 2 day workshops give participants (Year 10 upwards) the chance to experience Gecko’s unique style of movement and to gain an insight into the company’s creative processes. Our workshops are delivered in person or digitally, maintain social distancing between students, and come with streaming access to ‘The Wedding’. We can also develop bespoke projects with schools, including for younger students, with previous themes including inclusion, civic pride, raising aspiration and mental well-being.
Key contact: Paul Smethurst, Creative Engagement Producer
National Horse Racing Museum
Explore our collections and be inspired by our engaging workshops at our 5 acre site in the heart of Newmarket. We have curious objects, a race horse simulator, fine art …and no visit is complete without meeting our live equine stars. Curriculum- linked workshops cover science, history, local studies, WWII….or enjoy a self-led visit following your own theme or using one of our special trails and teacher resources for a focus on science, commemoration, poetry, learning from objects and much, much more! Full details on our website
Key contact: Gabrielle Bell, Education Officer