Pam Halls – talking about accession No1. at the Museum of Technology


Interview with Graham Watts – former Director of City Services a Mill Road Depot


Creative Writing Workshop


When: Monday 3 February 2.30pm to 4.30pm
Monday 10 February 2.30pm to 4.30pm

Where: Lifecraft, The Bath House, Gwydir Street

Join poet Hannah Jane Walker and Ironworks artist Jo Chapman for a creative
writing workshop to explore the history of Mill Road depot through the theme
of work. The workshop is free to all and is an opportunity to connect with and
help shape the sculpture that Jo will be making for the new Ironworks site. The
sculpture will use poetry created specifically for this commission and will be cast
in bronze. Hannah is a poet and theatre-maker, she has extensively toured both the
UK and internationally to wide critical acclaim. She has written for The Guardian
and BBC Radio 4.

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Please reserve a place please contact LifeCraft: phone 01223 566957 or email

Ironworks at the Mill Road Winter Fair

Thank you to everyone who joined us at Mill Road Winter Fair 7th December to find out more about the public art programme for Ironworks and how to get involved. It was great to meet so many residents and talk through the artworks being proposed and see people signing up to be part of the Ironworks Fringe taking place next year with Artist-in-residence Hilary Cox Condron.

Our thanks to all the coordinators of the Mill Road Fair who made the day such a great success and to Mill Road TV for coming to film the event.

For anyone who wants to see more please click on the link below.

Mill Road TV at the Winter Fair


Big Draw 2019

Thank you to everyone who joined us over October for the national Big Draw Festival.

Hilary Cox Condron ran a series of events as part of the festival and we would like to say thank you to everyone who helped deliver the activities including Jo Miller and, local herbalist, Vanessa Neville. Jo collaborated with Hilary on the Mindfulness through Drawing workshop that took place at St Barnabus Church. Vanessa provided rose and nettle tea for the brave band of walkers who joined Hilary – despite the rain – in a multi-sensory walk as part of ‘Places in Transition’. 

Our senses were fully tested in the Silent Sound Drawing event held at The Alex Pub. Participants were given headphones to listen to recordings of historical sounds from the Ironworks site. The collective drawings that resulted can be seen below, along with feedback from the Mindfulness through Drawing workshop.

This event was exactly what I needed. So therapeutic. I let go of my senses to the sounds of Mill Road, got lost in meditative art, experimented with different colours, textures and shapes, while tasting a dark local beer. All surrounded by great people in a safe atmosphere. Perfection!

I rank the Mill Road drawing event 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟! The space provided such a safe and open atmosphere to allow for us to “let go”, while letting the energy that you are taking in on all 5 senses, to flow through you. We were provided with all the tools and inspiration to really embody whatever it is we wanted to embody, and release it onto the canvas into a collective art piece. There was no pressure to perform, I had the opportunity to explore different pressures, textures, shadows, colours, shapes. I meditated and saw symbology in what saw, heard, or felt. I looked back at a canvas full of collective perceptions and consciousness zoomed out in a bigger picture of all of us. I meet great people and had deep conversations. My only wish was that more people were there to experience it with us. It was a perfect evening. Thank you for hosting.

Our thanks also to Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge Festival of Ideas and everyone who came along to the ‘Places in Transition’ talk and the following walk. The event was chaired by Dr Harriet Riches, with presentations by Jo Chapman, Dr Veronique Chance and Emily Smith. The three artists shared their practice and how they take inspiration and respond to changing environments.

These events have been the catalyst for discussions to take place about local history, memories and what Petersfield means to people. 

The Big Draw


‘Places in Transition Talk & Walk’ 26th October

Thank you to everyone who joined us at Anglia Ruskin University for the ‘Places in Transition’ talk as part of the Cambridge Festival of Ideas. Three fascinating talks by artists Jo Chapman, Emma Smith and Dr Veronique Chance provided an insight into their practices. Dr Harriet Riches, Head of Cambridge School of Art at Anglia Ruskin University chaired the event and drew out some interesting areas of convergence across the creative practices.

An additional thanks to the brave group who took part in the walk with Ironworks Artist-in-Residence, Hilary Cox Condron, in a multi-sensory exploration of the area around Mill Road, despite the poor weather conditions.

Do you have a favourite switch?

People have favourite colours, views and even bridges but have you ever thought about your favourite switch? Artist, Tom Pearman, commissioned to create an artwork for the Ironworks site has been asking residents this question.

Tom is investigating residential, commercial and industrial switches as part of his research into the former and present communities in Petersfield and their occupations. Initially inspired by the objects on display at the Cambridge Museum of Technology, from electrical engineering to the switch that turns on our kettle! This ubiquitous, yet often overlooked, everyday item conveys much about the people who used the items and the period in which it was created.

If you have a favourite switch and want to get involved in Tom’s project, please send him a photo of your favourite switch and the reason for your choice, or come to any of the Ironworks events to find out more about Tom’s work.


Calverleys community event 14th July

Thank you to everyone who joined us at Calverley’s on the 14 th July for our inaugural neighbourhood gathering as part of the public art programme for Ironworks. It was great to see so many residents wanting to find out more about the history and former occupants of their homes. Further guidance on how to undertake your own research will be available shortly.

Our thanks to Mill Road TV for coming to film the event, for anyone who wants to see more please click on the link below.


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