Sensing Sugaropolis

12 - 21 Nov 2020, 10:00 - 14:00

Watt Institution, 15 Kelly St, Greenock, Scotland, PA16 8JX

Pick up your own sensory kit to discover the smells and histories of Greenock’s sugar industry at home. Step back in time through Greenock’s diverse and complicated history to imagine the sights, smells and stories of ‘Sugaropolis’. Once a busy trading port of the British Empire, Greenock became a global hub for sugar refining in the mid-19th century. Shipyard and refinery owners grew wealthy from their trades, while migrant labourers, displaced by the Highland clearances and Irish famine, joined German sugar-bakers and Italian grocers and confectioners working in the town.

You can collect a free sensory kit from the Watt Institution throughout the Being Human Festival (please check the Watt Institution website for their current opening hours).

Part of Being Human Festival, 12-22 November


Suitable for all ages.

Free. Sensory kits will be available on a first come, first serve basis.

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Image: courtesy of Emma Bond.

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