Saturday, 29 April 2017

Creating a legacy: writing workshops at Heart of Conflict

As part of Heart of Conflict, our exhibition at the Royal Cornwall Museum on Cornwall during World War One, we're running two writing workshops over the next couple of months. 

These are for complete beginners as well more experienced writers.  All are welcome. Entry is free and includes entry to the Museum. To book visit here or email

Telling stories: Putting Pen to Paper
Wednesday 7th June
10:30 – 12:30

Inspired by our Heart of Conflict exhibition – looking at Cornwall in 1914-18 – this session will allow you to discover tales and write stories that, until now, have never been celebrated.

The exhibition looks at events across all classes, and affecting all lives: from conscientious objectors to stretcher bearers, the home front to the front line, the Women’s Land Army to the Nursing Yeomanry to the Munitionettes. From inventors to industrialists to factory workers.

You’ll uncover a wealth of material that will lead you to create a short story… perhaps the first of many.

Led by Bridging Arts
Booking essential 10 places only

Wednesday, 26 April 2017

If This Is A Man

A unique event at the Southbank this Sunday: a live five-hour reading to mark the 70th anniversary of the publication of Primo Levi's book If This Is A Man - an account of Levi's survival at Auschwitz.
A.L. Kennedy and Philippe Sands lead the reading - Kemal Pervanic, who worked with us on our early projects at Bridging Arts, will be participating.
His film Pretty Village is an amazing piece of work.

Monday, 24 April 2017

Creating historical costume from old photographs

The next lunchtime talk at the Royal Cornwall Museum during Heart of Conflict (our exhibition on Cornwall during World War One) will throw a spotlight on clothing worn then.
Curator Sarah Lloyd-Durrant will be on hand to show you photographs of women from the first world war, alongside freelance costume maker Lorna Kinsey-Jones who will talk about how she made replica costume using the Museum's photographic collection as evidence.
Two costumes made by Lorna are on show at the exhibition which is at the Royal Cornwall Museum until the end of June.
Places are limited for this talk: please reserve your place by clicking here.

Friday, 21 April 2017

Bayonets during World War One

Fascinating post on the Royal Cornwall Museum blog on the use of bayonets in World War One.
Our exhibition Heart of Conflict - throwing a spotlight on Cornwall during 1914-18 - is on display at the Museum until 30 June 2017.

Click here to read more....

Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Not for the faint hearted: medical care and nursing in World War One

We've been getting ready for a talk next week at the Royal Cornwall Museum, Truro, on medical care and nursing in World War One, led and inspired by our volunteer Valerie Grigg who has contributed such a lot to our exhibition on Cornwall during the war years.

Heart of Conflict throws a spotlight on life in the county between 1914-18: Valerie, a nurse herself, has had an interest in medical care at the time since she started researching her grandfather's war record many years ago.

We'll be throwing a spotlight on several stories in the collection: the men from Dolcoath mine who became stretcher bearers in the Royal Army Medical Corps, Lillie Uren who met her future husband during First Aid training and a hospital for officers in a large house near Redruth.
To book a place, click here.

Kate Keara Pelen and a constellation of badges

Great to see Kate Keara Pelen last night at the opening of her show near Waterloo: hadn't seen her for far too long - seven years ago when she was showing with Lorenzo Belenguer at the Gallery in Willesden Green.
She's been working again with textiles - this time at the Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing at King's College London and created an installation of 100 nursing badges spanning more than a century.
Each is embellished - perhaps with suture threads, fragments of cloth, wool - or decommissioned uniforms. There's a sound track with interviews to accompany the piece - hard to hear last night in the buzz of the busy opening!
But to find out more about Kate's thoughts about the piece - click here.
We've been thinking about nursing in World War One in particular ahead of next week's talk at the Royal Cornwall Museum, Truro. Part of our Heart of Conflict exhibition on Cornwall during the war years.

Tuesday, 4 April 2017

Hearing loss conference in London

Resultado de imagen de deafOur hard-working volunteer Katrina Williams has let me know about an important conference on 6 May in central London focussing on hearing loss and related issues.

Katrina takes a particular interest in the subject and last year travelled to Paris to attend a conference on this subject; she's found that there's always something new and interesting to discover.

Here are the details about the event in May: Katrina will be attending.

It's organised by the National Association of Deafened People (NDAP) and Europe Federation of Hard of Hearing People (EFHOH) and will be held at Friends House, Friends House, 173-177 Euston Road, London, NW1 2BJ.

Confirmed speakers include Penny Mordaunt MP ( UK Minister for Disabled People), Dr. Laszlo Lovaszy (Expert at the UN CRPD Committee and EU Parliament Advisor), Lilian Greenwood (MP for Nottingham South), Søren Hougaard (Secretary General of the European Hearing Instrument Manufacturers Association), Mark Laureyns (President of the European Association of Hearing Care Professionals), Gareth Ford – Williams (Head of Accessibility, BBC Design and Engineering), Sarah Herlinger (Apple) and David Bradshaw (DTG).

Tickets can be bought at
Katrina (far right) taking a group of keen embroiderers to the V&A Museum recently

Friday, 24 March 2017

Paintings of WW1 aerial battles

A glimpse of World War One in Italy at the Estorick Collection (in north London) - the exhibition has just closed but was a great introduction to the paintings of Sydney Carline in particular. Carline (1888-1929) based his drawings and paintings of aerial battles on his own experience as a fighter pilot. Later he was engaged by the government as a war artist.

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.