Unseen Heritage: An Act of Making

Join us for a special evening of archive films and traditional West Country songs performed by folk and heritage artist Amanda Boyd. Themed around An Act of Making, we will be exploring the traditions of brick making, pottery, thatching, pole lathe, broom making, peg making and lacemaking using previously unseen footage from the Windrose Rural Media Trust archive. A number of these crafts now lie on the endangered heritage crafts list and we are using the evening as an opportunity to highlight their importance and connect with our past communities.

The Heritage Crafts Association will also be joining us for a talk on craft heritage and why creating opportunities to access these is valuable for its survival.

Clayhill Arts has commissioned printmaker Gemma Trickey to respond to the films and incorporate her learnings of the Letterpress process, which is itself an endangered heritage craft. Taking part in a course we held here with The Letterpress Collective earlier this year, we will be showcasing her new print range on the evening of the event. Sales of the prints will be raising money for the DEC Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal.




Amanda Boyd has been researching and performing regional song collections with archive films for the past twelve years. Her successful partnership with Windrose Rural Media Trust includes oral history projects, live shows of film and song across the West Country for theatres, festivals and rural touring, reminiscence projects with key support services for people living with Alzheimer’s and Dementia and cross-cultural exchange between the region of the Appalachians USA and Somerset to name but a few.

Amanda loves being able to combine her passion for local folk songs and heritage, whilst paying homage to those people from our community’s past.

We want to thank the English Folk Dance and Song Society, South West Heritage Trust, Heritage Craft Association, Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre and Higgins Bedford for their archive photos that have been used during the promotion and development of this event.


This one-off evening will be the first performance in our Cinebarn – a new space that we are launching this year to host film and digital media events.


Clayhill’s Co-founder Deborah Parkes and folk singer Amanda Boyd spoke to Charlie Taylor about the Unseen Heritage event during BBC Radio Somerset’s Arts Hour.
Listen to the interview below:



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Lovely evening. Fantastic venue you have created. Great to meet you and others. Amanda’s singing out of this world! Thank you for your generous welcome.
Kate Lynch, Documentary Artist




Unseen Heritage: An Act of Making. Screen event at Clayhill Arts Cinema

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