Skylark IX Recovery Project Summer event will help celebrate Scotland’s Year of Stories

The Skylark IX Recovery Project has been awarded funding for an exciting new event showcasing local memories and tales of the Skylark IX Dunkirk ‘Little Ship’ as part of the celebrations for Scotland’s Year of Stories 2022.

The Skylark IX Recovery Project, which cares for the Skylark IX Dunkirk ‘Little Ship’ and leads skills programmes for those recovering from addictions living across West Dunbartonshire, will host the event at the Scottish Maritime Museum (Denny Tank) in Dumbarton on Saturday 4 June.

The event, which will take place during the 82nd Anniversary of Operation Dynamo and the evacuation of Dunkirk, has been supported by the Year of Stories 2022 Community Stories Fund. This fund is being delivered in partnership between VisitScotland and Museums Galleries Scotland with support from National Lottery Heritage Fund thanks to National Lottery players.

During the day-long, summer event, the Skylark IX Recovery Project will unveil the fruits of two new major storytelling projects which will launch soon – the ‘Skylark Tapestry’ and ‘Skylark Voices’.

Visitors will also enjoy performance, creative writing, a heritage talk and children’s workshops.

Claire McDade, Project Manager at the Skylark IX Recovery Project says:

“We’re over the moon to receive funding to help celebrate the Year of Stories with our exciting new projects which bring together memories of Skylark IX and life lived around her during war and peacetime.

“It is also particularly apt to culminate our storytelling projects with this event during the 800th Anniversary of Dumbarton becoming a Royal Burgh.

“We are looking forward to launching the projects soon and getting as many folk involved as we can.”

Marie Christie, Head of Development at VisitScotland adds:

“We are delighted to be supporting the Skylark IX Recovery Project through the Year of Stories 2022 Community Stories Fund. Events play an important role in our communities as they sustain livelihoods and help to celebrate and promote our unique places, spaces and stories. Themed Years are all about collaboration and Museums Galleries Scotland, National Lottery Heritage Fund and VisitScotland are pleased to work in partnership to create this fund to showcase community stories. By supporting events taking place within our communities, including the Skylark IX Recovery Project’s event, new opportunities with be provided for locals and visitors to come together and find out more about the diverse stories, past and present, that our communities have to share.”

Last May, the Skylark IX Recovery Trust announced ambitious plans to build a new Spirit of Skylark Centre in the grounds of the Scottish Maritime Museum on Castle Street, Dumbarton.

The proposed Spirit of Skylark Centre will feature Skylark IX at its heart alongside a boatbuilding workshop, café, Remembrance space and community hub.

YS2022 Community Stories Fund

Scotland’s Year of Stories 2022 will celebrate and promote the wealth of stories inspired by, written, or created in Scotland.

Led by VisitScotland, the Year of Stories 2022 will sustain and build upon the momentum of preceding Themed Years, showcasing a nationwide programme of major events and community celebrations.

The Community Stories Fund will complement the Year of Stories 2022 Open and Partner Events Programme, shining a spotlight on the cultural heritage of Scotland’s communities, inspiring new stories of Scotland to be shared, and creating a year-long programme of events and activities.

From icons of literature to local tales, Scotland’s Year of Stories encourages locals and visitors to experience a diversity of voices, take part in events and explore the places, people and cultures connected to all forms of our stories, past and present.

Join the conversation using #YS2022 and #TalesOfScotland.

Find out more at Scotland’s Year of Stories 2022 | VisitScotland

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