Tuesday, 9 August 2016

How to grow a Weetabix

... a great article by James Meek in a recent London Review of Books on farming in the UK - actually written before Brexit. Now, post Brexit, it's even more of an interesting read. It touches upon so many important points, not least the dependency on migrant labour that we looked at in our work with migrant workers and local communities in west Cornwall - I Packed This Myself.  So what does the future hold?   There's still no real indication that local people will do manual labour on the farms.
Photo by Tom Pilston of Romanian daffodil pickers near Camborne.

Friday, 1 July 2016

Richard Lander school students visit Bodmin's regimental museum

It was great that students from Richard Lander School were able to escape hectic end of term activities and visit Cornwall's Regimental Museum in Bodmin as part of Heart of Conflict.
Major Hugo White gave a highly informative and moving account of the Battle of the Somme, really bringing the subject alive - as did the display at the Museum, in particular the guns which students had a chance to lift and handle.


Wednesday, 29 June 2016

A visit to Newquay Museum with Valerie Grigg

It's a cold and rainy morning - not exactly the best day to visit a seaside town - but our volunteer Valerie Grigg and I are keen to meet the Director and volunteers at Newquay Museum. The great grandfather of Valerie's husband Cliff was a lifeboatman in Newquay - and Cliff can remember stories about the day in 1917 when the boat went down trying to help salvage a Belgian boat on the rocks, and rescue those on board.
There are others in Newquay still who remember relatives talking about that night.  We're keen to feature this story in Heart of Conflict.

Wednesday, 22 June 2016

A War Grave in Stithians

Rhiannon Stevenson, a student at Penair School, has been helping with research in Heart of Conflict. We've tracked down information about a war grave in Stithians. Joseph Martin from the village died in a hospital up north in 1917 after serving in World War One. We don't know much about him or the details, but Rhiannon manages to find his grave.  Hopefully we can start to discover more. Fr Simon Bone, the vicar at Stithians, has kindly offered to offer prayers or hold a short service to honour the grave during the WW1 centenary years.s.

Wednesday, 15 June 2016

How South African women are reclaiming the headscarf

Thanks to Jos Brient at the African art gallery Azawala for pointing out a fascinating piece on the BBC website on Africa's headwrap -  click here to read.

Inspiration for our competition perhaps? More on that here.

Thursday, 9 June 2016

A visit to Richard Lander School

Another outing this week - this time to Richard Lander School in Truro.
We worked with Richard Lander in our project on migrant workers in Cornwall - I Packed This Myself. It's a great school.
This time we met a group of keen history students and their teacher Julia Brindley. We're hoping that the students will help us to research an album in the Cornwall Records Office as part of Heart of Conflict. It's exam time and everyone is very busy - but there's still lots of enthusiasm. We'll be organising visits to give students extra insight into their research.