Over the last couple of years Storylines have been supporting the Grampound with Creed Heritage Project to gather oral histories from locals and weave these together with photos from their archives to create a series of digital stories. A screening event in the village was the perfect opportunity to share these and invite the community to get together to celebrate their heritage. It was great to have such a good turnout for both screenings and an honour to have some of the people who shared their stories and their families come too. We had laughter, tears and plenty of stories.
One of the digital stories shared different people’s memories of Grampound Carnival and we just had to share this picture of Donna… look closely and you’ll see hundreds of matchsticks, collected by her mother from the pub where she worked and painstakingly glued onto a dress, hat and umbrella. Created at the time of the miner’s strike, Donna remarked that “this was perhaps one I wouldn’t forgive her for!” What a wonderful story of dedication, creativity and repurposing.
The event enabled the Heritage Project to make some valuable connections in the village and are now planning on recording their next batch of oral histories. If you missed the event or have memories from Grampound that you’d like to share, then do get in touch with this lovely group on firstname.lastname@example.org.