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“St Thomas Stories”

By various artists

St Thomas Stories – A Pop-Up Exhibition

Saturday 5th October – Saturday 12th October 2019

Emmanuel Hall, 10am – 4pm Daily (10am – 7pm, Thurs 10th Oct)

With support from the National Lottery Heritage Fund we are celebrating St Thomas through an exhibition of its history, its stories and its people. Come and take a peek! The exhibition is happening at our home, Emmanuel Hall. There will be cups of tea, archive photos, objects and stories to enjoy. And if you have any memories or memorabilia of St Thomas come along and share these with us.

BUSINESSES EVENT: Thursday 10th Oct (5.30 – 6.30pm)

Are you a St Thomas based business? We’re hosting a special business event at Emmanuel Hall for our ‘St Thomas Stories’ exhibition. Enjoy free wine, learn about the history of St Thomas & meet other local businesses! RSVP to Debbie@theatrealibi.co.uk

Further Project Background:

“St Thomas Stories – A Pop-Up Exhibition” is a stepping stone and inspiration for the creation of a final performance piece which will take place here in our home at Emmanuel Hall in May 2020.

The project started off as “The Exeter Project”, but once our writer, Daniel Jamieson, started looking at the history of St Thomas we realised we couldn’t move much further.

With a propensity to flooding St Thomas has a fertile history. It was where a lot of the “less desired” industries were shoved to keep them away from the city centre. It was also where lots of the fun was had; the first Theatre in Exeter, the fair, the speedway… Its community welcomed the Black GIs during the war and housed most of the evacuated children. The place is bursting with stories.

The pop-up exhibition in October will be a celebration of St Thomas past and present to which we will be inviting our neighbours to share their objects, and their stories. These will form the beginning of a digital archive as well as the inspiration to the performance event in May 2020 in which we will be collaborating with a number of Devon artists and transforming Emmanuel Hall.

It’s a blank canvas for now, first we need to hear some stories…

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Volunteers Needed

We would love if you could join our team of volunteers!

You can help in a number of ways; from the smooth running of events, including the October Story Shop, and the May performances to capturing recordings of stories, promoting the project and helping with the evaluation process.

Our partners at Plymouth University are hoping to be able to offer training to our volunteers in collecting Oral Histories. Oral Histories are recorded interviews of people’s lives and pasts.


For full information go to our opportunities page.