Thanks to a £10,000 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), ‘A Window in Time- St.Just and St.Mawes Remembers’ was able to unearth stories of the historic buildings at the heart of St.Mawes and St.Just on the Roseland Peninsula, in turn revealing the wider heritage of the place and people who lived and worked there.
Over the years people have peered through the windows and doors of these longstanding buildings, either looking out at village life and the ever changing land/sea scape or looking in as craftsmen, fishermen, shop owners, artists and families go about their daily lives. Delivered in partnership between Storylines and the St.Just and St.Mawes Heritage Group, ‘A Window in Time’ begun with a series of oral history interviews and Memory Walks. These captured memories of buildings at the heart f the 2 villages, exploring their change of use and occupancy and their shifting place within village life, in turn reflecting the wider social, cultural and economic activities of the villages. Storylines provided training to volunteer community members who were also able to collect oral histories.
In St.Mawes the project focused on a row of shops and houses that overlook the harbour. These include ‘Pomerys Garage,’ a prominent building that the St.Just & St.Mawes Heritage Group inherited in 2016 and are now working hard to renovate as a permanent Heritage Centre. This building has had a fascinating history and its many usages have included being a pilchard shed, a reading room for American soldiers in WW2, accommodation for local hotel staff, a garage, artist’s studio and gig club. In St. Just in Roseland the project will centre on the buildings that surround the square, representing the oldest part and heart of the village.
‘A Window in Time’ produced 3 films, bringing oral histories together with footage and archive photographs to reveal the stories of key community buildings. These films were shared at 2 screening events and exhibitions, bringing the local community together to celebrate their unique heritage and learn about the buildings they pass each day.
The oral histories, photographs and research gathered through the project were also taken into St.Mawes Primary School and the local Youth Group to enable young people to learn about their villages’ heritage. All material gathered through the project was archived through the St.Just and St.Mawes Heritage group and will later be made accessible to a much wider audience of visitors through the future Heritage Centre.
You can read more about the project through our blog posts here…
- “It is important that young people in the village know about the past to make it better in the future.”
Tony Tiddy, St.Mawes
- “Wonderful achievemant and priceless archive for the future.”
Polly Gegg, St.Mawes
- “ I am proud to be part of this project. It is bringing a lot of memories back for me.”
Fleetwood Butland, St.Just
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