Friday, 25 May 2018

Visit to Hayle Heritage Centre

Very nice to visit Hayle Heritage Centre today and meet Daisy Culmer who runs it. We're hoping to link up with the Centre during Heroes of Hayle, our World War One project in the town. This is part of Heart of Conflict. (Our first event will be a talk by local historian Peter Channon on the National Explosives Factory on Upton Dunes - more here.)
I'd driven past the Heritage Centre so many times and never really looked at it closely until today. There's huge potential inside, lovely light rooms and hopefully we will be able to hold a talk or reading there this autumn.

We're in search of an experienced photographer...

We're just advertising on Volunteer Cornwall for an experienced photographer to work with us on our fantastic new project with Camborne Youth Band. This year - the 100th anniversary of World War One - Camborne Youth Band is travelling out to France and the Menin Gate in the footsteps of Cornishmen who went out there a century ago. We're staging an exhibition at Heartlands, Pool, about this in October and November.

Before we go, we're in search of a photographer who'll help us create images for the exhibition and take pictures locally of significant people and places. We are looking for someone with a keen sense
of history - and an eye for a great image. Most of the work will be in June and July in the Camborne/Redruth area. We can provide reasonable travel expenses. If interested please email

Tuesday, 22 May 2018

Sequins, decoupage and PVA glue at the Masbro Centre

A great workshop today with the Elders' Group at the Masbro Centre, Hammermith, London. This followed on from our visit to the Wallace Collection last month when we created boxes from gold cardboard.
This time, led by Bridging Arts volunteer Katrina Williams, the group created decoupage wooden boxes.  The results were stunning.

Monday, 21 May 2018

Cornish stained glass - an untold story

An interesting lecture at Paul Church, near Mousehole, Cornwall, on Tuesday 29 May at 730pm.
Stained glass expert Michael Swift will be telling the story of the newly restored window there which tells a remarkable World War One story. Michael's talk - 'The Bolitho windows in Cornwall and Devon, an untold story' will look at another memorial window at Leusdon in Devon - and ....the 'untold story':
 "the recovery of the design cartoon of the Leusdon window (in Paul) in a boiler room of the British Legion in Mousehole, and the possibility of the involvement of Thomas Cooper Gotch, the Newlyn painter."
Great art and a detective story - a winning formula.  Entrance £5 includes a drink and snack supper.

Friday, 18 May 2018

Walk and talk on National Explosives Factory

First up in our events around Hayle's World War One heritage - a talk and walk by local historian Peter Channon exploring the National Explosives Factory, Hayle.  Both are free and open to all. Please do come along.

The factory was one of the most important in the country during World War One. Before the conflict, it had produced explosives for the mining industry, but switched to military production after 1914.  To view a photogallery of the site (which covers many acres of sand dunes), click here.

Peter will give a talk with background to the factory at 7pm on Thursday 14 June 2018 at Phillack Church Hall - then lead a walk around the dunes on 27 June 2018.

Talk: Thursday 14 June 7pm
Phillack Church Hall TR27 4EB

Walk: Wednesday 27 June 7pm
Upton Towans (meet by Factory Chimney)
This is part of Heroes of Hayle, marking the centenary of World War One in the town. For more details, click hereHeroes of Hayle is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

New Trustee at Bridging Arts

We're delighted to welcome Liz Hutchinson, Director of Communications at the British Academy, as a Trustee of Bridging Arts.

Liz has led marketing and communications for a number of organisations in the public and charitable sectors.will bring her expertise in communications - particularly new media - to the board.

"This is a fantastic charity which has made a real difference to the communities within which it has worked," she says. "I'm delighted to have the opportunity to play my part in building the Charity's reach and impact further. There is huge potential here and I'm looking forward to working with Susan and my fellow trustees to realise it."

For information about other members of the Bridging Arts board, click here.

Workshop at the Masbro Centre next week

We're looking forward to a workshop at the Masbro Centre, Hammersmith next week - following up on our visit to the Wallace Collection last month. We visited the collection with the Masbro Centre's Elders' group and made some fabulous gold cardboard boxes.
This Tuesday 22 May we'll be returning to Hammersmith to make some more boxes - this time wooden.  Bridging Arts volunteer Katrina Williams and I primed them this week .....