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A Great Little Place Becomes Part of The Atkinson Family

The Award-winning social enterprise A Great Little Place is opening a new café in The Atkinson.

From September A Great Little Place, run by Autism Initiatives, will take pride of place in its new home in the Lord Street venue that welcomes 500,000 visitors a year to its Museum, Galleries, Library, Theatre and Shop.

For The Atkinson it will mean working with an established local brand that is known for its high quality and value for money. We are able to work with A Great Little Place to maximise the programme with pre-show meals, themed events, festival food and more.

The two organisations have shared values and vision. They will be an extension of The Atkinson family and together we will be able to provide the best in quality to visitors.

Sue Yarnell, Manager of A Great Little Place said:

 

We’ve steadily been growing our reputation and customers from our first café in 2010, so moving to such a central and historic location is a fantastic development. It will provide even more opportunities for the people with autism we support in work placements.”

Emma Anderson, Director The Atkinson said: This is a really exciting partnership between two organisations who have a track record in working to improve lives in Sefton. A Great Little Place has a fantastic reputation and we are delighted to have them as part of our offer. They will be a massive asset to our visitors and will mean we can offer the very best food and beverage experience for day visitors, as well as increasing our capacity for pre-show meals and corporate events.”

 

This partnership is about more than just a café – its also about working together to improve the lives of people with autism and their families and by having the organisations together , new opportunities for training, work experience and training are going to be explored.

A Great Little Place will relinquish its lease on Houghton Street and staff will be relocated to the new town centre venue.

On Saturday 30 September at a special Coast themed Family Fun Day the actor, writer and producer Henry Normal (The Atkinson’s new patron) will officially open the cafe and the new Museum corridor that brings the story of the coast and all its creatures to life. 

Keep an eye out in local press and online at theatkinson.co.uk  or agreatlittleplace.org  for more information on the new partnership and the opening event

Bootle Schools Come Together to Celebrate Local History

A digital map of Bootle’s captivating history has been developed by pupils of Bootle schools.

Each of the schools focused on a specific aspect of local history and found out about the history of their schools and their connections with famous people; they discovered about mysterious buildings on the Leeds Liverpool Canal, as well as Johnson’s dye-works.

The pupils did their own research and investigations into their chosen area, taking part in ‘History Days’, outdoor visits and engaging with re-enactors who brought aspects of the history to life in the classroom and provided artefacts for the children to handle.  For many it was the first time that they had been able to visit The Atkinson.

The Atkinson has supported this project as part of the programme of activities linked to the museum development, which has been funded by the Heritage Lottery.  This has enabled the schools to work with leading web designers Fuzzy Duck in creating the Bootle History Website – which means the schools are able to digitalise the map and add new important discoveries  all the time.

The Strand Partnership is a collaborative of 24 schools in South Sefton, who work together to improve the training and development of staff, programmes for pupils and to develop collaborative working across the sites.  

Every year the Strand Partnership schools come together to work on a project and this year we are delighted that it was with The Atkinson, who were able to help them develop this incredible  map of historical events and places for their local area. This new digital resource will be added to for years to come and act as an educational resource to teach local heritage in schools whilst helping to instil a real sense of pride of place in their home town. 

David Atkin – Strand Facilitator said:

Everyone agreed that the project was a great success, but we also agreed that it was just a start!  There was plenty of work left to do, much more research to undertake, many more things to be discovered!

The Strand Schools Council History Project, ‘Our Bootle History’ has engaged pupils and staff across South Sefton and created a very modern new resource which will benefit our schools forever.”

Emma Anderson, Director, The Atkinson said:

“This has been a fabulous project for us to be involved in. The schools have worked incredibly hard and have developed something very special and that they can be proud of and develop further. Bootle has such an interesting and varied history that it is important that local pupils learn about it and can feel proud of where they come from.”

The Bootle History Map is being launched on 6 July at a special event at Bootle Cricket Club for everyone who has worked and been involved in the project.

To see what the pupils discovered check out the digital map at  ourbootlehistory.co.uk.

Journey around the World’s Landscapes at The Atkinson

On Saturday 24 June The Atkinson creates a whole new world for families with the family show –Landscapes.

Step inside Mimika Theatre’s white dome and experience a magical and intimate show that takes you on a journey around the world to four landscapes from desert to rainforest to beneath the sea to Antarctica.

No words are required,  just beautifully crafted puppets with an original musical score, stunning visual effects and an ingenious set to create a theatre which wonderfully captures the atmosphere, rhythms and sounds of the natural world.

Performed to small audiences adult and children are captivated for the 45 minute show and are then invited to stay and see how the puppet creatures are made and articulated.

Mimika Theatre have performed this hugely successful show to children in Europe, U.S.A, Canada, South East Asia and China.

Ages 4 – 11

Landscapes takes place at The Atkinson on Saturday 24 June at 10am, 11.30am, 1.30pm & 3pm tickets are £8.

For more information about the forthcoming family events such as Hairy Maclary & Friends Show this July, please visit theatkinson.co.uk or call Box Office on 01704 533333.

Don’t forget to visit our new exhibition ‘Why Look at Animals’ when you here!

Tickets are available online, over the phone or over the counter during opening hours.*

*Please be advised there is a £1 per ticket booking fee for telephone and online sales and a 2% credit card fee for sales at the Box Office. There are no booking fees for cash purchases at the counter.

BBC Radio 2 play-listed Jo Harman, to play The Atkinson

Jo HarmanFresh from being BBC Radio 2 play-listed, international touring and recording artist Jo Harman is playing The Atkinson on Friday 16 June.

She brings her own style of Soul, Blues, Gospel and Beatles-worthy pop to her new album that is rooted in the classic, timeless music of past generations

Jo is currently play-listed on RTE 1  and throughout Europe with ‘When We Were Young’ the first single, featuring soul legend Michael McDonald’s, from Jo’s new studio album recorded in Nashville, ‘People We Become’. 

The album has been described by esteemed critics as ‘an instant classic’.

Jo, who won ‘Best Female Vocalist’ at the 2014 British Blues Awards says “I’m not trying to fit in anywhere. I’m just trying to write classic songs, and present them with classic production. When you try to chase what’s going on at the moment, then it’s going to sound old very quickly.”

Jo has played around 100 festivals since setting out some 5 years ago – many as a headliner – across a number of countries. In 2013,  Jo was one of only 12 (otherwise household name) artists to play ParkPop in The Hague – one of Europe’s largest festivals – to 300,000 people. In 2015, she was one of Bluesfest’s headline acts alongside Tom Jones, Van Morrison and Tedeschi Trucks at the O2 in London. She has been doing her own headline tours for the last 4 years – flagship shows include Jazz Cafe (London), Paradiso (Amsterdam) and travels for the first time to New York in March 2017 to play her debut show at Joe’s Pub (Rolling Stone’s top 10 venues in America).

In 2013 her ‘Do-It-Yourself’ debut album ‘Dirt On My Tongue’ was released to much critical acclaim (making a number of ‘best of’ lists around the globe) and was subsequently licensed to major label V2 (Adele, Mumfords etc) in Europe where it made the Dutch album charts, following mainstream TV and radio appearances.

Amnesty International invited Jo to be one of a handful of artists to appear at Amnesty’s ‘Ambassador of Conscience’ Awards in Berlin in 2015. There she performed for, and with, the award winner Joan Baez (also Patti Smith). Jo continues to work alongside Amnesty in the fight for human rights.

For more information about The Atkinson’s music programme sign up to the mailing list online at theatkinson.co.uk

Jo Harman & Company can be seen at The Atkinson on Friday 16 June at 8pm tickets are £15 /£13.

To book please visit theatkinson.co.uk or call Box Office on 01704 533333. Tickets are also available over the counter during opening hours.

Sefton Filmmakers Shine at Clapperboard Event

Special film talent from Sefton has been recognised at a glittering awards ceremony in Liverpool.

 Sefton Council has been working in partnership with Sefton CCG’s, Sefton Carers Centre, Autism Initiatives, The Atkinson, Mersey Care and People First to establish and develop three ‘hubs’ for people with Aspergers living in Sefton.  

The films, submitted to the high-profile judges, covered the issues of mental health, asperger’s and autism. They were created by members of the Sefton Autism Hub who had been learning about making short films from script to screen.  

The members have since gone on to develop their own media group based at The Atkinson which is developing their skills and striving to become a social enterprise in the future.

Chris Purcell from Sefton Creative Hubs won the Liverpool Echo Best Achievement Award, which was presented by Echo Journalist, Jade Wright, Hollyoaks actress Jacqueline Boatswain, and Karl Collins star of The Bill, Doctor Who, Casualty, Holby City.

The overall winning short film, Honest Dystopia was created by David Blakemore, also from Sefton Creative Hubs. Presenting the award was acclaimed Liverpool actress Alison Steadman and Film Producer Nik Powell. 

Alison Steadman, said: “I’m truly amazed by the work these young adults have produced. They should all be very proud.”

Event organiser, Maureen Sinclair, said: “Once again, the event has gone beyond my expectations.  We have been able to showcase the award-winning work of young adult film-makers from Merseyside – thanks to the support from many people and partners, including MerseyCare, PH Holt, Big Lottery, and the Sefton Autism Hub.”

If you would like to know more about the hubs and the other new projects, please contact Jo Seddon on 0151 934 3988 or find Sefton Autism Hubs on Facebook.

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