‘Landmark Travels- Our past in a suitcase’ is an exciting project unearthing the stories, traditions and histories connected with landmarks throughout Cornwall. The project is being delivered in partnership with the Cornwall Heritage Trust (CHT) and the Institute of Cornish Studies (ICS).
‘Landmark Travels’ is working with primary schools, communities, CHT trustees and university students. Through oral history interviews, workshops, digital storytelling, events and community celebrations the project will explore, document and celebrate heritage landmarks and their place within the community. It will focus on 5 landmarks throughout Cornwall; Carn Euny in Sancreed, Treffry Viaduct in Luxulyan, Carn Grey near St.Austell, Dupath Well near Callington and the bridge and Trevanion Culverhouse in Wadebridge.
Our work in primary schools will use specially designed suitcases to help children explore the landmarks on their doorstep. We will use digital stories, created as part of this project, as accessible starting points for learning, discovery and creativity. Over 3 day-long workshops which will include a site visit, each class will transform their newly found knowledge, ideas and experiences into memory badges, writing and artwork that will be folded, posted and attached to the inside of the travelling suitcases. These suitcases will tour different primary schools to encourage an exchange between children, as well as deepen a sense of place.
‘Landmark Travels’ will culminate in 5 celebratory events to showcase the collected material. These events will include an exhibition of the suitcases and a display of written material, digital stories, films, photographs, research and artwork created by the numerous groups involved. Traditional music and food will be an integral part of the celebrations, with additional workshops to help people further explore their landmarks.
Ultimately, the valuable knowledge, memories and material collected throughout the project will be made accessible to a range of audiences, both on and offline. It will also be preserved for future generations to enjoy through the Cornish Audio Visual Archive.
To follow the project as it progresses read our latest blog posts here.
- “The children absorbed and learned more than they might have done over weeks in the classroom. Children were engaged with and immersed in their local heritage, giving them a sense of their place in time and history. The experience was very rewarding and the children are still talking about it months later!”
Dr. Brian McCaldrin, Headteacher at Luxulyan Primary School
- “Wow- what a great few days for the children and staff. Creativity, independent thinking, enquiry and confidence was built over the duration of the project. It is so important for children to learn about their local history and have an appreciation for it. This project was perfect for this! I’ve learnt a lot myself, and look forward to implementing some of their ideas into future teaching. Very inspirational and engaging. I hope that we can work together in the future.”
Josh McDonald, class teacher at St. Buryan Academy
- “The workshop was great. Very thought provoking and inspiring. Took me to my more formative years more than I expected it to. I enjoyed creating a very precious article which I will keep to look at and use to inspire further work.”
June Trezise, participant in a Landmark Memories workshop, Lostwithiel
Funders & Links
This project was kindly funded by: