Historical Research

The history of Sutton Scotney is well documented in Peter Clarke’s book ‘From Dever to Down’.  Prior to the start of the project Becky Smith had also produced a short dvd film of a reminiscence session in the Victoria Hall.  The aspects of the history that the exhibition concentrated on areas related directly to sustainable living.  This included the life in medieval times of the Manor Farm; Major Pudsey’s Honey Farm, the railway that used to pass through the village, its site as a major crossroads, and consequently stopping place, on the old roads.

Creative Workshops and Events

Reminiscence Coffee Morning

June 2011 - There was a coffee morning held at Victoria Hall, Sutton Scotney, for reminiscence.  17 people attended the morning, which was organised by Brian Ward voluntarily for the project.  Participants brought photographs and talked of their memories of the village, and a film of the carnival which used to take place in the village every year was shown.  The morning was a great success, and many names were gathered for oral histories to be recorded.

Talk to Art Group and Art Workshop

July 2011 - Artist Alex Hoare gave a talk about the project and the intended artwork to the local art group.  This was received very well and ideas about the artwork were discussed.  This session was followed up with an art workshop which was attended by 8 people where ideas for the legacy artwork were explored visually and through conversations of the aspects of village life that were important to the community.

South Wonston Primary School Workshops

Children from Sutton Scotney were also involved in the workshops at South Wonston Primary School, as this is their local school.  Their work was displayed in the annual art exhibition in the Hall and also at the unveiling event of the legacy artwork in October.

Although it was originally intended that Sutton Scotney would have a legacy artwork in glass as for the other communities there was strong feeling in the village that they would prefer a mural painted in a specific spot in the hall.  To install a glass artwork in this site would have been prohibitively expensive and the consensus among the Village Hall committee was for a mural.  Alex Hoare undertook to design and paint this in the Hall.  See below for details.

Unveiling Event

October 2011 - an event was held in the Victoria Hall to unveil the mural.  During this event the artwork from the project, both children and adults was displayed, alongside the heritage boards and ideas for the future which related to the village thinking about reducing its carbon footprint.  These included introducing zonal heating and solar panels, open houses for people to share ways they are reducing their energy consumption and carbon footprints.  Although not very well attended, this event acted as a springboard for further discussions.  The local councillor has commented that as a result of the project the local community is much more aware of Winchester Action on Climate Change and actions that they can take to become more energy efficienct.

Legacy Artwork

The mural in Victoria Hall, Sutton Scotney was designed as a triptych, to fit in the boarded up window spaces that are at one end of the hall.  This space was originally a window before the tower was added, and then used by Lord Rank to show films to the villagers when he lived at Sutton Manor and ran the estate.

The three panels depict life through the ages in Sutton Scotney.  The first shows a medieval scene of farm life, with the old manor, a thresher, a shepherd and peasant growing leeks.  The second the more recent past, with scenes from old photographs translated into the ‘stained glass’ style of the painting.  The final panel depicts present day in the village, and the things that were identified as important to the inhabitants that participated in the project.

The Sutton Scotney artworkThe artwork which was transposed onto the wall of the Victoria Hall in Sutton Scotney

The unveiling of the artwork at Sutton Scotney Victoria Hall

1st October 2011

The artwork can be seen in the background

Victoria Hall Unveiling