Chronicles of Greyfriars

Greyfriars monastery and Leper Chapel at St James Church, Dunwich provide the inspiration for this stimulating and inspirational cultural project spanning 2022 and 2023.

The project is a partnership between the Greyfriars Dunwich Trust, Dunwich Museum and Art Branches who are project managing. Kindly funded by Heritage Lottery, the project is open to all. Chronicles of Greyfriars is a multifaceted project supporting new roles and environmental heritage and mental health and wellbeing training for project based assistants, geologist, environmental educators, artists and volunteers. Our volunteers on this project are largely Service Users who have been through previous projects as participants and are on their journey of recovery with Art Branches supporting.

During Spring, Summer and Autumn 2022 and 2023 there are numerous pop up events at Greyfriars monastery where the focus is interpreting the rich heritage of the site to contribute to a community collective textile. All pop up events are advertised on our facebook page.

The project also supports day long workshops with a geologist, environmental educator and artist which are held to explore the sites rich heritage with a particular focus upon the rich geological and biological diversity of the site. These workshops are open to bookings from social prescribers and health care units and are intended for adults recovering from mental health issues.

Chronicles of Greyfriars is also available as a specialised 4 week social prescription, both in the field and online, during winter 2022 and is taking referrals from GP surgeries, healthcare settings and social prescribers. Individuals recovering from mental health issues may self refer to this course. These courses engage people remotely with the project using a combination of creative and fun techniques. All events and workshops can be booked (subject to availability) by emailing artbranches@icloud.com.

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