We are working in partnership with Museums and Libraries on the research aspects of the project. Schools now have their research pack and are undertaking their own projects (History and Drama).
Twelve community groups including Capability Scotland, the Sonas Gaelic group, Dirty Feet Dancers, Kibble, Buddy Beat, Sunshine Galleries, Punch Theatre, Weaving Musical Threads, Accord Hospice, Love Street Disability Resource Centre and Reid Kerr College are creating pieces for inclusion in the exhibition and the re-enactment.
The partnership with Renfrewshire Council status of the project has developed extremely well since the start of the work. PDT are now in a formal partnership with Renfrewshire Council and meeting regularly with the Town Centre management team (led by Amanda Moulson). Renfrewshire Council are providing all the infrastructure and event support for the re-enactment on Saturday 9th June (including a 17th Century Farmers Market, Pig Roast, Craft Fair and staging/fire/pyro for a finale).
The shell is now prepared for the digital archive and local people are trained in uploading of materials onto the website. The archive is live at www.pdt.org/rwh1697 and is gradually being populated with research, the substance of the touring exhibition, images, costume information schools resources, and information about the dramatic reconstruction. Film makers from Reid Kerr and the Love Street Disability Resource Centre have been identified and will be supported by Fablevision Studios in the making of the film.
Local website designer Brian McGuire of paisley.org.uk has designed the website and is managing the process of populating it (he is liaising closely with the research team currently as they create their research archive).
Preparations for the touring exhibition are well in hand led by Jim Rutherford of Erskine Theatre Company and plans are on track for that to tour schools and community venues throughout Renfrewshire during May. The re-enactment is on schedule to take place in the town centre on Saturday 9th June with around 200 people in costume (we now have a costume base in a shop unit within the Paisley Centre).