Feb 08

Bristol Central Library Exhibition Comes To An End

Finally, after an amazing three months, our RLS exhibition at Bristol Central Library has come to an end.

Many thanks to all who came along to see it, especially those who made tremendously supportive comments.

Our particular thanks most go to the kind and helpful staff at the library who helped make it happen, our ECR partners in the Cevennes who put the RLS panel display together and generously lent it to us, and not forgetting PROPS, Barrie Hope and Rolls-Royce for allowing us to beg, borrow or steal their display boards to help it all come together.

Our final thanks must go to Butcombe Brewery for helping to sponsor not only the exhibition but our Treasure Island Trail as well.

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Dec 24

Seasons Greeting 2015

2015 has been a momentous year for the Trust and many thanks to everyone who helped make it happen.

After years of hard work we managed to establish our Treasure Island Trail around the docks in September.

In November we set-up the “Travels with Robert Louis Stevenson – Celebrating Bristol’s connections…” in one of Bristol’s most prestigious and important buildings, Bristol Central Library.

And also in November we hosted our partners for the brand new European Cultural Route ‘In the Footsteps of Robert Louis Stevenson’ where we had the huge honour of accepting the official accreditation ceremony on behalf of the ECR in Bristol Records Office.

More good news is that the Exhibition is continuing until early January and that we are poised to deliver an enhanced Trail for late Spring 2016.

The Long John Silver Trust wishes everyone a great New Year and looks forward to more adventures on the high seas of the Floating Harbour.

Yo – Ho – Ho and a bottle of rum this Christmas …

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Sep 18

Building Treasure Island Trail – Day 3

PROPS students and LJS Trustees ‘doing the biz’ at our final installations …

Below: Black Spot ‘A’ outside of the Merchant Venturer’s Almshouses at the Broad
Quay end of King Street (the origin of the first ever Treasure Map in
literature – 1815).

Below: Black Spot ‘B’ at the Welsh Back end of King Street outside of the famous
Llandoger Trow – doubling in “Treasure Island” as Jim’s family pub, the Admiral Benbow.

If you can make it, please come along to the Grand Opening of the Trail at
1pm 19th September 2015 at Black Spot ‘A’. (click for Treasure Island Trail map)

Bristol’s Lord Mayor and PROPS students will be doing the honours, and then
we’ll all be off to be the first to ‘do’ the Trail with Trustees as guides.

We’ll finish at the Arnolfini in time for a screening of Aardmans Pirates!
at 3pm (Tickets still available @ just £5 Bristol Ticket Office).

The day will finish with two sailings on board the Matthew (a family one at
5pm and an adult one at 6pm) – for availability please go to the Matthew Box
Office.

See you all on Talk like a Pirate Day! – Saturday 19th September – pirate
dress optional.

See links on two previous blogs for booking Information.

Sep 16

Building Treasure Island Trail

Day 2 of creating our Treasure Island Trail has seen us now complete three quarters of it.

We started on Tuesday by completing Black Spot ‘G’, ‘F’ and ‘H’ installations at the Ostrich, Redcliffe Caves and Merchants Landing respectively.

Today, Wednesday  16th September 2015, we completed Black Spot ‘E’, ‘D’ and ‘C’ installations at Redcliffe Wharf, Hole-in-the-Wall and Welsh Back respectively.

Our thanks must go to Nick and his fabulous PROPS students, Landscaper John of Cotswold Garden Solutions, Hawkesbury builder Tom Cole for donating the top soil and drainage rubble and Trustees, Patrons and LJST members Chris, Leon, Mark, Royston and Bob.

Fingers crossed but we’re on schedule for Trail completion Thursday and opening Saturday 19th September 2015 – International Talk Like a Pirate Day.

Tickets for The Pirates! film at the Arnolfini at 3pm are still available at Bristol Ticket Office and for Matthew sailings at 5pm and 6pm at the Matthew Box Office. Please see our previous post for online links.

Building the Trail … Photos below:-

Sep 13

Press Release – Treasure Island Trail to open on September 19th 2015

Press Release
September 10th 2015
For Immediate release

Treasure Island Trail to open on September 19th 2015
After 10 years of campaigning the Bristol-based Long John Silver Trust will open the Treasure Island Trail around the city’s historic Floating Harbour at 1pm on Saturday, September 19th 2015.

Members of the public are invited to join The Lord Mayor of Bristol, Cllr Clare Campion-Smith and guests, outside the Merchant Venturers’ Almshouse at the Broad Quay end of King Street for the official opening.
Following the opening there will be guided walks around the trail which celebrates Bristol’s connections with Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic novel Treasure Island.

“Throughout our campaign we have worked with Fishponds-based special needs charity PROPS to create the trail and they will be present on the day to assist the Lord Mayor with the ribbon-cutting ceremony,” said Long John Silver Trust vice chair Mark Steeds.

The trail will be marked by eight recycled 54- gallon wine barrels from Bordeaux. Each barrel is planted with a palm tree and carries information about the trail and the relevance of the eight sites to Treasure Island – the early part of the book was set in Bristol.

The barrels will also feature selected Mervyn Peake Illustrations from the classic 1949 edition of Treasure Island. In keeping with Bristol’s Green Capital and Cycling City status the barrels will incorporate innovative double cycle stands which also act to secure them to the ground.

The opening of the Treasure Island Trail will be followed by a special screening of ‘The Pirates’ by Aardman Animation at Arnolfini at 3pm (tickets just £5 from www.bristolticketshop.co.uk). From 5pm there will be two special piratical sailings of The Matthew from outside Arnolfini.
September 19th is also International Talk Like a Pirate Day, inspired by Robert Newton’s portrayal of Long John Silver in Disney’s 1950 adaptation of Treasure Island. Pirate dress for the day is optional.

Notes to Editor
Contact details: Vice Chairman Mark Steeds (mark@beaufortarms.com) Richard Jones (07890 267983 richard@tangentbooks.co.uk)

For further details visit www.longjohnsilvertrust.co.uk
Tickets for the showing of The Pirates are available from www.bristolticketshop.co.uk or on the day at Arnolfini.

For details of the special sailings on The Matthew, visit www.matthew.co.uk
The trail has been funded by members of the public who donated more than £5,000 at Treasure Island walks and talks and received £2,000 in sponsorship from Butcombe Brewery.

The barrels were sourced from Bernard’s Barrels of Yate, the information collars were made by Wards Signs of Barton Hill, the cycle stands were manufactured by Simbars of Ashton Vale. PROPS special needs charity will be helping with the installation and maintenance of the barrels.

Press call: There will be an opportunity to see the first barrel being installed on King Street by students from PROPS and members of the Long John Silver Trust at 11am on Thursday, September 17 at 11am.

Photocall: The Lord Mayor will arrive at 12.45pm on Saturday, September 19 in King Street.

The Treasure Island Trail has been designated a European Cultural Route – In the Footsteps of Robert Louis Stevenson. In November, a delegation from the Council of Europe will visit Bristol to present the Network with its accreditation on the occasion of its AGM in the city.”

A free App of the Trail is available – go to the App Store and search for ‘Treasure Island Trail’.

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On the run up to the creation of our Trail, please see students of PROPS finishing off the painting on the barrels, prior to Trustee Leon taking them to Wards Signs to get their collars fitted:-

Jun 05

New European Cultural Route “In the footsteps of Robert Louis Stevenson”

Great News! The Long John Silver Trust is proud to announce a new European Cultural Route “In the footsteps of Robert Louis Stevenson”
InTheFootstepsOfThe European Network In the footsteps of Robert Louis Stevenson (author of works such as Treasure Island, Kidnapped, Travels with a Donkey, 1850-1894) has been accredited as a Cultural Route of the Council of Europe. The Network, to which the Long John Silver Trust of Bristol belongs, connects places in Scotland, England, France and Belgium associated with the life and works of Stevenson.
http://www.culture-routes.net/themes/ieic/images/ieic-logo-en-front.pngThe Cultural Routes programme was launched in 1987 by the Council of Europe. Its objective is to demonstrate, by means of a journey through space and time, how the heritage of the different countries and cultures of Europe contributes to a shared cultural heritage. Nowadays about 30 Cultural Routes link various parts of Europe, such as the Santiago de Compostela Pilgrim Routes, the Viking Routes, the Art Nouveau Network, the European Route of Jewish Heritage and the European Mozart Ways.
The European Network In the footsteps of Robert Louis Stevenson promotes knowledge of the author’s works and travels as well as the areas associated with him. Stevenson is fascinating both as a writer and as a person. He wrote in a variety of genres – novels, poems, travel writing and essays. He led a colourful life from a bohemian youth in Edinburgh through travels in Europe and the USA, finally settling in Samoa. The Cultural Route which bears his name is equally varied and offers activities for all ages of cultural events and exploration of townscapes, as well as the more active hiking, canoeing, rowing and even travels with a donkey, all of them interwoven with his works.

The Network is composed of organisations, both public and private sector, active in the fields of culture, the arts, tourism and sport. The areas associated with Stevenson benefit from the added value of belonging to a network. Members of the network inform visitors to their areas of the other places where they can follow in Stevenson’s footsteps. The network facilitates the exchange of knowledge and ideas. Its ethos of cross-border co-operation and friendship perpetuates Stevenson’s openness to people and places. The Network works to protect and promote the cultural and natural heritage of the member areas. It also assists economic development in those areas which require it, supporting cultural tourism as a means of sustainable development.

This new accreditation as a Cultural Route of the Council of Europe raises the profile of the Network and its member areas helping it to promote the life and works of this fascinating author and to draw attention to the places associated with him. The Network plans to extend its membership further in the spirit of the objectives of the Cultural Route programme to include other areas associated with the author. This recognition by the Council of Europe is a new stage for the European Stevenson Network and all its member territories.
“Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.”
Robert Louis Stevenson

For more information about the European Network In the Footsteps of Robert Louis Stevenson see www.rlstevenson-europe.org/en
or contact contact@rlstevenson-europe.org

May 04

Join Mark Steeds at Bristol’s Walking Festival 2015

Calling all literary/history fans who like a bit of a walk.

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Long John Silver Trust historian Mark Steeds is a signed up member of Bristol’s exciting Walking Festival and is conducting two tours around Bristol’s historic heart on Thursday 7th and Thursday 28th May.

The walks are entitled “Bristol’s Treasure Island Influences” and are numbers 32 and 156 in the festival programme.

Starting at Bristol’s bombed out Temple Church just off of Victoria Street, we’ll start off with brewer’s tales, from the Knights Templar to Sir John Hawkins, lead sponsor of Woodes Rogers’ great 1708 circumnavigation that rescued the prototype of Robinson Crusoe and originated a host of other key episodes of Britain’s history.

We’ll wander past the Cornubia and Seven Stars (the pub that helped change the world), the Exploration statue, the former Talbot Hotel and Bristol Bridge, the site of St Peter’s Hospital to talk about Dr Thomas Dover, the ruins of the old castle keep where Defoe met maroon Alexander Selkirk, Southey’s birthplace in Wine Street and then the Rummer, home of Coleridge’s first publication.

Back to Bristol Bridge and on to Welsh Back and the Llandoger Trow, talk about Smollett and Swift of Humphrey Clinker and Gulliver’s Travels fame respectively, and on up King Street to the Merchant Venturers Alsmhouses that gave birth to William Williams’ Journal of Llewellin Penrose – seaman, the origins of the pirate treasure map in literature, cross Queen’s Square, past Rogers’ house to the Hole-in-the-Wall to finish on Blackbeard and Robert Louis Stevenson’s immortal Treasure Island – phew!

The walk starts at 11.30am on the 7th and 2.30pm on the 28th – duration 2 to 3 hours, cost free. Please email mark@beaufortarms.com to book a place, although it’s not essential

 

Dec 01

Robert Louis Stevenson’s Birthday Celebrations 2014

At lunch time on November 13th we had a birthday party for Louis with most of the staff and students from PROPS and a great turn out of four Long John Silver Trustees.

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For the past three weeks the PROPS students have been busy painting, pasting and putting together pictures, montages, model parrots and even a complete Treasure Island!

It’s hard to think that it all originated with Bristol’s participation in the Great Reading Adventure of 2003…

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Jamie Goodenough did the brilliant picture of RLS with both T.I., Jekyll and Hyde and one of Stevenson’s poems all computer painted and, despite me telling him I thought him very talented, he profoundly disagreed.

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The model Treasure Island had everything; volcano, waterfall, compass rose, footsteps (a la Robinson Crusoe?), sparkly red ‘X’ marks the spot, palm trees, beach and even a shipwreck…

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Three huge Cap’n Flint parrots were all different and all first rate and now decorate the Beaufort dining room.

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Adam and Daniel drew pictures and then we had the piece de resistance – Long John Silver himself. Cabin boy Sam drew and painted him complete with bottle of rum, parrot and 24 buttons on his coat – imagine undoing them in a hurry. Stuart drew the shape of the island, Ryan sponge painted it, Azim found the images, cabin girl Sam drew and painted the treasure chest, cabin boy Sam sponge painted the sea (he was busy!) and Frannie helped paint the parrot.

What an effort by all the staff and students and I wonder what RLS himself would have thought of it; surely he would have been pleased.

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Many thanks one and all for making it one of the most colourful birthday parties that I can ever remember going to.

Happy birthday Robert Louis Stevenson 2014.