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‘Song for a Lar’ is a new collaborative audio work between poet Jan Noble and composer Donna McKevitt. Their audio-artefact for the Ten Songs for a Lar commission reimagines the journey that this treasured figurine has taken throughout time, from its creation, use, and burial, to its eventual rediscovery.

Ten Songs for a Lar is a new and ambitious global artist commission inspired by an almost 2000 year old mysterious figurine, held in the collections at The Guildhall Museum, Rochester. This tiny ‘Lar’ statuette, a household god figurine, served as a protector of the home, family and domestic boundaries and dates from around AD 200.

The Kent-Medway Museum Partnership NPO is a group of four museums (The Historic Dockyard Chatham, Canterbury Museums & Galleries, Guildhall Museum Rochester and The Collections of Tunbridge Wells Borough Council) funded by Arts Council England (ACE) to work together to deliver excellence in the use of collections and to inspire learning, creativity, and well-being to existing and new audiences in their communities.