The Word Garden invites the local community to the ‘Origins’ Publication Launch on Wednesday 16th October at Babylon Gallery, Ely, 6-8pm. This event marks the start of the Project Exhibition 16th-27th October inclusive, 12-4pm every day, at the Babylon Gallery.

The team welcomes and encourages you to come along to the exhibition to learn about the fascinating project findings and this ‘missing’ period of history. The 20 minute film, 'Dunure to Denver Coventina’s Quest into Hidden History' by Jean Rees-Lyons, adapted from the fictionalised story of Coventina who risks all in search of her Scottish soldier, will be shown at regular intervals throughout the exhibition.

Jean Rees-Lyons, Scriptwriter and Project Coordinator on the Origins project comments, "...our National Lottery Heritage Funding has made it possible to reach the key aims of Origins, to discover hidden heritage stories whilst combining findings from archive materials, new research and recording previously unseen records. With the passage of time, social, cultural, political and environmental changes have transformed traditional ways of life, and reshaped, in many ways, the unique Fen landscape".

The new Word Garden full colour publication, known as Origins, an entirely original body of work shows project activities, people, places and events. Significant new archive material is transcribed from The Adventurer's Minute Books, together with the authenticated fictionalised story of Coventina's search of the Wash-lands. This valuable contribution to local legacy creation documents the journey south by the Scottish Soldiers and how they lived and worked with other prisoners-of-war whilst building the second drain.

Image credit - Helena g Anderson

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