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SUNDAYS, 6TH OCTOBER - 1ST DECEMBER 2019 Digital Art Installation 'As The Crow Flies'

Art Installation exploring the lives of some of the casualties of the East India Company. We invite you to join us at the historic Severndroog Castle, which stands amidst ancient woodland, to enjoy uninterrupted views of London and its surrounding counties and experience this emotive, historical digital art installation. From Sunday 6th October, Severndroog Castle will be host to the 'As The Crow Flies' installation every Sunday until the 1st December 2019, which will be free to access with the usual Admission Ticket to Severndroog Castle.  About the Exhibition  As the Crow Files a digital art exhibition following the stories of real and imagined historical people and their experiences of the East India Company in the 19th Century. There are 3 films on display and each explore a different story; the first is the tale of Emily Jane, an imagined character who represents the experiences of hundreds of young women who sailed to India to find suitable husbands among the employees of the East India Company, many of whom later died. The second is Lakshmi Bai, a heroin who fought against the East India Company during the Indian Uprising. Lastly, the story of two brothers Edward and William Connor from a Ragged School apprenticed to the East India Company.  All the lives explored in the installation are in someway casualties of the East India Company, lives cut short by its policies and actions. The Films were created out of archival research and are an artist’s interpretation of real past experiences. The films are a mixture of images, film, text, quotes and sound.  The films are projected onto a screen and reflected through glass onto hanging silk. This type of projection is used to signify that history can be interpreted in many different ways.    The Boys The Marine Society also selected poor boys from Ragged Schools to be apprenticed to the Company and this part is based around the handwritten letters from 2 brothers, Edward and William Connor, which were found in the archives of the Ware Family of Tilford. The fragments of text are overlaid on film shot on location in Bombay/Mumbai and the short sea journey to Elephanta Island. The writings give an indication of what life was like for the apprentices who suffered from prickly heat, were engaged in skirmishes in ‘outlandish’ places at a time when many boys deserted for merchant ships. This was also a key historical moment when the old Indian Navy was about to be abolished as the rule of the East India Company was replaced by the Raj. While the brothers sailed on different ships they finally met on the ship where Edward Wortley was serving and William died in his brother’s arms of the ‘brain fever’.   Lakshmi Bai During the Indian Uprising of 1857/8 the British sought to annexe Jhansi as they refused to recognise the adoptive son of Lakshmi Bai as a legitimate heir. She led an army against them and became a heroine of resistance before her death. This piece uses short sequences from the 1953 film, Jhansi ki Rani by Sohrab Modi, located in the film archive in Pune. This is overlaid on material shot on location in the Lukshmi Vilas palace in Vadodara, Gujarat and in Mumbai and Mahabaleshwar. The aim is not to create historical authenticity but to explore some elements of myth making. The processional wedding music recorded on location in Mumbai adds a slightly disjunctive element tothe recreated filmic scenes of uprising.   Emily Jane This piece depicts the haunting nature of overlapping cultural landscapes during the time of the East India Company and later the Raj. It uses a fictional figure derived from a19th century painting in the art gallery in Chhatrapati Shivaju Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya, Mumbai to reflect the young 18th and 19th English women who are memorialised on tombstones outside the cathedral in Bombay/Mumbai. The woman drifts ghost-like through the museum and the 19th century Baroda Museum and Art Gallery, based on a European model full of vitrines and classical statues. She appears in the ancient temple in Mahabaleshwar and the English Church, which co-exists there. During the 19th century she might also represent one of the “Fishing Fleet’, young women who sailed speculatively to India to find suitable husbands among the employees of the East India Company and later Raj.    ABOUT THE ARTIST Jini Rawlings is a mixed media and video installation artist. She uses projections and materials including glass and silk to suggest the multi layering of memory and meaning, creating poetic responses to stories found in original archives.  She traces journeys of migration and exploration and films on locations found through initial research. She has exhibited widely and was the first artist in residence in the archives of the National Maritime Museum in 2005-6, her installations Mariners and Migrant ; in Search of Home were exhibited as part of the travelling exhibition Life at Sea. She was selected for a solo show, Land/Seascapes of Memory, at Duff House, National Gallery of Scotland in 2009 and a solo summer show, WAVE/ING, at the Aberdeen Maritime Museum in 2012. She was the selected British artist for the cross-border residency Ici et La in 2013, making new installations in Hastings and Dunkerque and was commissioned for Unravelling the National Trust in 2014, creating site specific work for Uppark House. In 2018 she completed her Phd by Published work, Dis-Locations and Broken Narratives, which situated her work in relation to her experiences as a late discovered adoptee. Her installation Dear Child, inspired by the familial letters of Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, was shown in Hy-phen, an Exposition between Art and Research at Ambika P3 Gallery in June 2019.    MORE INFORMATION:Art Installation held inside Severndroog Castle, Castle Wood, Shooters Hill, London SE18 3RT Entry available every Sunday from 6th October 2019 until 1st December 2019 Opening hours are:6th to 20th October, 10.30am - 4.30pm27th October to 1st December, 10.30am - 3.30pm Free access to this Exhibition is granted with our usual Admission Ticket to Severndroog Castle.Click here to see admission ticket prices.  Access:Information on how to find us is below.Free parking facilities available at The Castle Wood Car Park.​

SUN 27 OCTOBER Family Craft Activity

​FAMILY CRAFT ACTIVITY - MAKE & DECORATE A Lantern SUNDAY 27TH October 2019 AT 9.30AM-10.30AM   On the Sunday morning of October 27th, we are hosting a Family Craft Activity at Severndroog Castle between 9.30AM and 10.30AM for anyone who would like to join in. With the help of our volunteer, we will be helping you create your very own Paper Lantern to hang!  Using our supplied kit of craft materials, we will guide you and your little ones on how to build a craft lantern and decorate it. You'll be left with a beautiful creation of your own to be proud of.  It's a bit of creative, family fun for the whole family to enjoy on a chilled Sunday morning. Following that, you can visit the rest of the Castle, take in the amazing views from the top of the tower, and even take a family stroll through the woodland.    No pre-booking required. This craft activity is included in the Castle Admission Ticket; which is £2.50 per child, £3.50 per adult or £9 for a family ticket (2 adults, 2 children). You will also have access to the castle's viewing platform where you will experience a spectacular view of London. Please find information on how to find us at the bottom of this page. When you arrive at the Castle, please make your way up the spiral stairs to purchase your ticket and then to the second floor to commence the activity. 

SUN 29 SEPTEMBER Family Craft Activity

​FAMILY CRAFT ACTIVITY - Make a Navy Flag SUNDAY 29TH September 2019 AT 10AM-11AM   On the Sunday morning of September 29th, we are hosting a Family Craft Activity at Severndroog Castle between 10AM and 11AM for anyone who would like to join in. With the help of our volunteer, we will be helping you create your very own Navy Flags to decorate your child's bedroom or garden with! Using our supplied kit of craft materials, we will guide you and your little ones on how to create naval flags, they'll be left with a beautiful creation of their to own to be proud of.It's a bit of creative, family fun for the whole family to enjoy on a chilled Sunday morning. Following that, you can visit the rest of the Castle, take in the amazing views from the top of the tower, and even take a family stroll through the woodland.    No pre-booking required. This craft activity is included in the Castle Admission Ticket; which is £2.50 per child, £3.50 per adult or £9 for a family ticket (2 adults, 2 children). You will also have access to the castle's viewing platform where you will experience a spectacular view of London. Please find information on how to find us at the bottom of this page. When you arrive at the Castle, please make your way up the spiral stairs to purchase your ticket and then to the second floor to commence the activity.     OPENING HOURS Viewing Platform open Sundays, 10:30-16:30Family Activity on Sunday 29th September, 10:00-11:00Tearoom open Thursday to Sunday, 10:30-16:30 

​SUNDAY 22nd SEPTEMBER Autumn Fayre 

Immerse yourself in live music performances, great food and tipples, followed by spectacular views of London from Severndroog Castle.All in one day, during a single fayre.  Everyone is welcome at the annual Severndroog Castle Autumn Fayre. To coincide with Open House London, we will once again be throwing the doors of the Castle open on Sunday 22nd September and offering free entry on our busiest day of the year.In the courtyard and the grounds, enjoy a day of free entertainment, kids' activities, live music performances & community group activities, plus lots of goodies for sale from local small businesses as well as artisan burgers, sausages, craft beers and a gin bar.Free timed tickets for Castle entry are strictly limited and are expected to sell-out early on the day, so please arrive early and be prepared for a wait. Free tickets are available at Severndroog Castle on the 22nd September only.   Event Details: Sunday 22nd September 2019 at 11:00-16:00At Severndroog Castle, Castlewood, Shooters Hill, London SE18 3RT Free access to the grounds, entrance to the Castle and Viewing Platform; timed Castle entry tickets. We recommend arriving early to avoid disappointment. Travel: there will be no parking available at Severndroog Castle, so please visit the Fayre by public transport. Buses 486, 89, 244, 122 & 161 stop nearby.

FRIDAY 13TH SEPTEMBER: C&W Film Festival Screening of Hitchcock's 'Vertigo'

On Friday 13th of September, Severndroog Castle will be host to the Charlton & Woolwich Free Film Festival, showing an outdoor screening of Hitchcock's classic film Vertigo. We invite you to join us in the courtyard of the historic Severndroog Castle, the only place in the city you can enjoy a cocktail surrounded by ancient woodland and experience 360° views of London and its surrounding counties. Sit back, watch the sun slowly set and be thrilled by Hitchcock’s psychological thriller ‘Vertigo’ this Friday 13th. This year, the Charlton & Woolwich Film Festival has chosen to screen ‘Vertigo’, a 1958 American film noir psychological thriller directed and produced by Alfred Hitchcock. The story was based on the 1954 novel ‘D'entre les morts’ (From Among the Dead) by Boileau-Narcejac. The screenplay was written by Alec Coppel and Samuel A. Taylor.   The film screening will start at 20:00 and will take place outside in our courtyard. Entry to the film screening itself is FREE and seats are issued on a first come first served basis. Food and drinks will be available to buy from Severndroog's partner The Terrace Tearoom. Their celebrated chef Christopher Hackett will be cooking up delicious food and cocktails, and providing wine and beer all evening. The Castle's Tea Room and Viewing Platform will be open from 18:30 and tickets for the viewing platform are £6 + booking fee. ​   Severndroog is a tower built in the 18th century situated in the Oxleas Woods in the Royal Borough of Greenwich. Built on Shooters Hill, one of the highest points in the city, the viewing platform boasts some of the most spectacular views in London. A very limited amount of tickets are available for exclusive access to stunning twilight panoramic views of London from the viewing platform on top of the castle. Looking westward over the city on a clear day you can experience perfect sunsets.  If you simply wish to enjoy the film screening, entry is free and does not require pre-booking.     EVENT INFORMATION:Doors Open 6.30pm - 10:00pm, Screening starts at 8.00pm Film Screening is FREE Viewing Platform Ticket is £6 + booking fee,includes timed ticket access to the viewing platform (timed slots from 18:30-20:00, 15 min for each time slot). Access to the courtyard and film screening is FREE; seating is issued on a first come first served basis on the night. Please arrive early to get your seat in order to avoid disappointment. Seating will be provided by the C&WFF, so there is no need to bring your own. And food and drink are available for purchase from 6.30pm. Toilet facilities are also available on site. Entry does not include food or drinks; they are available for purchase on site.  Film Classification: PG (Parental Guidance) Free parking facilities are available at The Castle Wood Car Park; it will remain open for the duration of this event. Parking spaces are limited, so if possible, please travel to us via public transport.See below for information on how to find us.  GET YOUR TICKET HERE  

SUNDAY 15 SEPTEMBER Autumn Equinox Yoga & Sound Sanctuary

   On the Sunday evening of September 15th, join us to welcome the Autumn Equinox with a Yoga and Gong session at Severndroog Castle. With the guidance of yoga teacher and sound healing therapist, Kallie Schut, we will help restore your energies. Rest, renew and recharge with restorative yoga and healing vibrations of gongs and Himalayan singing bowls at this traditional time for harvesting the fruits of the year and replenishing for the winter months ahead.   Booking Your Ticket: Invest in yourself with this £20 session; this special offer price applies for this session only.There are currently only 5 spaces left, so be quick to book! Purchase your ticket directly with the instructor Kallie Schut by contacting her on kallie.schut@severndroogcastle.org.uk or 07984333165.  SUNDAY 15th september 2019 AT 5PM-7PMPre-booking required.Please find information on how to find us at the bottom of this page. 

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