Jenn Mattinson – Not in the Shipyard Now
Installation for Barrow Park Glasshouse at Full of Noises
Nestled amidst the hustle and bustle of Barrow-in-Furness is a place of peace and loveliness. Right in the heart of the town, just minutes from the shops and busy streets, is Barrow Park, a 45 acre green space. It was designed for the Victorians by Thomas Mawson. Over a hundred years on, it is still thriving and has become a special place for so many people. Senior Park Ranger Ken Higginson loves the greenhouse. Mary and Irene, living in sheltered housing across the road from the park, have many tales to tell. The ladies may not be able to access the park in the same way they once did, but their memories are strong. So too are those from former Park Superintendent John Crossfield, who started as an apprentice and worked his way up to becoming the boss.
Barrow-in-Furness is a town whose identity is often overshadowed by the presence of industrial giants, most notably BAE systems, or ‘the shipyard’. ‘Not in the shipyard now’ is a dual celebration; of the history and heritage of Barrow Park, but also of the people who know it best and have generously shared their stories.
Not in the Shipyard Now is supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund micro-grants.
Jenn Mattinson is a freelance creative facilitator and sound artist based in Keswick, Cumbria. She has produced a number of radio and sound art pieces and is passionate about exploring multidisciplinary approaches to storytelling, and this if often reflected in her range of work. She delivers a variety of community initiatives, including oral history projects, community exhibitions and creative workshops for people living with dementia, as well as radio/sound art projects.