Leading on from ‘Family, Farming and Tradition’

Posted on: 28th September 2012 No Comments

‘Family, Farming and Tradition’ took place over 2010 and was led by the Cornish Audio Visual Archive (CAVA) and funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund. It as a fantastic year with lots of brilliant stories and contributions from the Cornish farming community. Once again thank you to everyone who got involved.

A reminder to anyone who missed ‘Family, Farming and Tradition’…

The project traced Cornish farming from the late C19th to the present day through photographs, video interviews, film and artifacts. The project captured stories and memories of farming families, documenting their lives and traditions, to be remembered by the generations that follow.

Interviewees were captured on video by the project team and the farming year was documented in photographs, working closely with farming families around Cornwall. Young volunteers of CAVA conducted further oral history interviews with farming families.

This present day documentation were viewed in conjunction with agricultural photographs found in existing archives such as Penlee House, Gallery and Museum, the Royal Institution of Cornwall and the Cornwall Centre, therefore providing a fascinating insight into past and present farming practices in Cornwall.

An exhibition of the interviews, photographs and video work collected during the project toured public galleries, museums and community venues across the region, showcasing the work collected in a range of contexts and edits. Venue’s included the Eden Project, the Exchange, the Royal Cornwall Museum and Penlee House, Gallery & Museum. The work produced is now also available as a permanent resource at CAVA and within the Cornwall Centre and Royal Cornwall Museum Collections.

The project worked closely with Young Farmer Clubs around Cornwall, providing new opportunities for them to learn about their heritage and engage in creative activities. A photography competition was held for all Cornwall Young Farmers, with winning entries included in the final exhibition and prizes awarded to the winners of each category by the project sponsor, Mole Valley Farmers.


Over the next week we will take a trip down memory lane and blog about some of the highlights of the project.

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