The Story Boat project is the creation of a miniature maritime memories museum from an upturned boat in which people’s memories will be recorded and preserved.
Traditional wooden boatbuilder Gail McGarva in collaboration with local wheelwrights Rowland & Son are giving a new lease of life on land to a retired Dorset fishing boat by transforming her into enchanting oral history recording and exhibition space.
The Story Boat will be in residence outside the Marine from June to September.
Gail will be performing her new performance piece ‘Voices of the Sea’ on 7th and 8th September at the Marine.
Gail will also be running four children’s workshops:
Saturday 8th July-11am & 2pm
Saturday 15th July– 11am & 2pm
Duration of workshop: 1 hour
Age group: 7-11
Max number of children per workshop: 8
During the Marine Theatre’s community production, Gail will be running children’s workshops inside the Story Boat telling the story of the motherboat ‘Vera’ and the memories of objects housed inside her. Each child will be asked to bring something of their own to tell their own story or memory of the sea. A fragment of this story will be inscribed on a miniature plank which will be taken away as a keepsake of the Story Boat.
This project is supported by Arts Council England, West Dorset District Council and a wide range of local funders and supporters.
The oral history collection will be archived in Lyme Regis Museum.