The Hanse Project-Boston Unfurled

Between 1100 - 1500 Boston had trade connections with Northern Europe, which made Boston one of the wealthiest towns in England. Part of this trade also developed into a holding of an International Fair. 

This economic growth, developed through trading with Hanse Merchants, who were German speaking traders.

They set up living and warehousing facilities known as 'Kontore' or 'Steelyard'. Only a few building remain from this time namely St Botolphs Church, known locally as Boston Stump and St Marys Guildhall. 

 

In the image on the left shows the Boston Unfurled exhibition at Boston Guildhall, which is based on flags and finials.

The “new” Hanseatic League or Die Hanse was revived in 1980 in Zwolle, and set itself the task of keeping alive the spirit of the League as a social and cultural alliance. By cultivating traditions and encouraging a vibrant exchange between its members, the Hanseatic League aims to bring about closer economic, cultural, social and national ties across Europe.

In the old days, at the time of the medieval Heanseatic League, the member towns and cities met on a “Hanse Day” in order to agree on joint action. The new HANSE has revived this tradition. Every year a different Hanseatic city plays host, enabling members to exchange ideas and experience, make acquaintances and celebrate.

 

The Hanse Project involved working with the local Hanse Group in Boston to generate ideas for making 3D printed finials for the flags they were going to take to the 'Hanse Day' or festival. Images from the workshop and the final finials can be seen below.