Started in 1973, Young Arts provides exciting opportunities for children and young people to expand their horizons through their involvement in creative arts activities. We aim to inspire young people with a lasting enthusiasm for the arts and an awareness of our arts heritage and its conservation. Our vision is equality of opportunity for all to learn through participation in the arts.

The Arts Society encourages its Societies to provide Young Arts opportunities in two ways:

Young Arts Projects: an arts related activity for young people (usually a one off) funded wholly or partly by The Arts Society.

Young Arts Groups: these are affiliated to a local Society, YA Groups organise regular arts related activites for their young members aged 8-18.

See below how The Arts Society Dartmouth and Kingswear is contributing to the Education Project part of the Mayflower 400 celebrations.  

Dartmouth Mayflower 400.  At the Helm of History

Illustrated Book of Children’s Mayflower Stories

We are very grateful to the Dartmouth & Kingswear Arts Society for sponsoring this project.

This is a collaborative project involving all the primary schools in Dartmouth and surrounding area. Each school will write & illustrate a different section of the Mayflower journey – background history, escape to and life in Leiden, Holland to Dartmouth on the Speedwell, life in Dartmouth, Dartmouth to America, settling in to new colony, one year later – Thanksgiving. Each school will take a real family on which to base the story of each section.

Groups of children will work on their section of the story with illustrations, and support from volunteers. Workshops and visits will be arranged to provide inspiration & background knowledge for story writing – costume workshop, visit to a ship, we hope that Dr Sam Willis (historian & TV broadcaster) will talk about life aboard ship, food tasting etc. Schools will work together to produce a book about the Mayflower/Speedwell, and a local author will be sought to write an introduction. The published books will be on sale at various venues in the town, and possibly in other Mayflower 400 destinations.

The second phase of this project will be to produce an audio version of the book for those children with visual impairments or learning difficulties. This version will be created using actors and atmospheric sounds, and the audio file will be added to the book version.

Dartmouth Mayflower 400
Dr Sarah Wollaston MP
Sir Geoffrey Newman Bt

 Click  to view the Dartmouth Mayflower 400 website