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 Practitioner, specialising in oral history, work related to sound and media, theatre and reminiscence activities. She is passionate about working creatively in local communities, with people of all ages and in an intergenerational context. Jenn is currently working with Morecambe Bay Partnership to facilitate and deliver a four year oral history project centred on the inshore fishing communities across Morecambe Bay. She is also leading a series of creative arts sessions for older people in West Cumbria and for people living with dementia at Theatre by the Lake in Keswick. In preparation for the FON Festival, and in collaboration with Sound Artist Mark Vernon, Jenn has also been working with Octopus Collective to produce a piece called ‘Circular Thinking’. In her spare time she likes to bake cakes and then run them off in the Cumbrian fells.