Thursday, 23 March 2017

World War One bottles in Israel

An amazing find by Israeli archaeologists excavating near Ramla - hundreds of gin, wine, beer and other bottles left by British troops in World War One. Troops were camping in the area during a  mission to capture Jerusalem by Christmas 1917.
British troops march into the city in early December 1917

Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Embroidery exhibition at the Masbro Centre

Embroidery by Sajni Shahani
Embroidery by Manik Miah

Great to visit the Masbro Centre today and see work done at our embroidery sessions on display. Katrina, who led workshops, is here pictured with people's work - and their stories.
Huge thanks to Katrina for doing such a wonderful job - and to Martha Romero who helped to organise the sessions.

Embroidery by Manik Miah

Embroidery by Bilquis Islam

Embroidery by Christina McHugh

Embroidery by Linus Aloysius

Thursday, 16 February 2017

Quiller-Couch and World War One

Reading A L Rowse's biography of Arthur Quiller-Couch, the great Cornish academic, novelist and public man whose life spanned the Victorian, Edwardian and modern age.

Quiller-Couch was asked by Cornwall County Council to draft a resolution to mark the end of World War One - it was inscribed in stone as a memorial in what is now 'Old County Hall' (opposite the station in Truro).

The inscription recorded with gratitude the services of all who had helped in the War and commended 'to the remembrance of their countrymen all those who by payment of their lives have redeemed their country.'

Particularly poignant as Quiller-Couch had lost his only son, Bevil, in the War. Bevil fought through four years but tragically ded of fever after marching with his unit into Germany in February 1919.

More ironic, says Rowse: 'They thought that it had been "a war to end war" - and look around at the world since! The historian sees that 1914 initiated a century of war."

More about Cornwall in World War One at our exhibition Heart of Conflict, now open at the Royal Cornwall Museum, Truro.  The Q Fund, administered by the County Council has awarded small grants for literary projects and research in Cornwall since 1945.

Tuesday, 24 January 2017

Embroidery group visit to the V&A

Great to visit the V&A Museum today with our embroidery group from the Masbro Centre, Hammersmith. We went to see Opus Anglicanum - an exhibition showcasing English embroidery from the early Middle Ages.
Our volunteer Katrina Williams has been working hard at the Masbro Centre with the group on various designs over the past months.  Katrina here pictured far right: huge thanks, Katrina - and to Martha Romero, group organiser.

Friday, 6 January 2017

Heart of Conflict Education Pack - free download

We have produced learning resources to accompany our World War One exhibition Heart of Conflict at the Royal Cornwall Museum, Truro.

You can download free from Bridging Arts - just click on this link. We're indebted to the Royal Cornwall Museum for supplying photography and also to the photographer Hannah Wright, who worked as a volunteer on the project.

The Royal Cornwall Museum will be holding educational workshops throughout the exhibition using the resource. For more information, please contact the Education Officer Liz Shepherd on 01872 242785.

Saturday, 31 December 2016

Happy New Year from Bridging Arts

This isn't a New Year's photo - but a lovely festive picture of Christmas at the Royal Naval Auxiliary Hospital in Truro a 100 years ago. This emergency hospital was set up in the old work house on Tregolls Road in Truro to cope with the wounded and injured from World War One.
Everyone has made such an effort to create a cheering atmosphere - despite the circumstances - in the very best spirit of Christmas.

A very Happy New Year and thanks to everyone who helped, volunteered and worked on our projects over the past year.

Our World War One exhibition Heart of Conflict is at the Royal Cornwall Museum until the end of June 2017 - so plenty of time to go and see that.
Also in Cornwall - Max Whetter's winning deck design is on sale now at Roots Skate Store, A perfect present for a keen skater.
In London -we'll be working in January with elderly people in Hammersmith and visiting the V&A to see a special embroidery exhibition.
And.....we'll announce the winner of our competition for an African Headwrap! Here's to 2017.