‘Landmark Travels- Our past in a suitcase’

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.

 

Videos

  • Video ThumbnailIn this digital story Joe Skinner recalls his memories of Summer camp- a yearly outing down the river from Wadebridge, Cornwall. Made as part of the 'Landmark Travels' project, a partnership project by Storylines, the Institute of Cornish Studies and the Cornwall Heritage Trust. It was made possible with funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund and Cornwall Heritage Trust. For more visit www.storylines.org.uk
  • Video ThumbnailThis film was made as part of 'Landmark Travels- Our past in a suitcase' and documents the series of workshops with Luxulyan School, exploring the beautiful Luxulyan Valley and Treffry Viaduct. ‘Landmark Travels- Our past in a suitcase’ is an exciting project that is unearthing the stories, traditions and histories connected with landmarks throughout Cornwall. The project is being delivered by Storylines in partnership with the Cornwall Heritage Trust (CHT) and the Institute of Cornish Studies. The project is working with primary schools, communities, CHT trustees and university students, to explore, document and celebrate heritage landmarks and their place within the community. The work in primary schools uses specially designed suitcases to help children explore the landmarks on their doorstep. We are also using digital stories, created as part of this project, as accessible starting points for learning, discovery and creativity. Over 3 day-long workshops, including a site visit, each class is transforming their newly found knowledge, ideas and experiences into memory badges, writing and artwork that are 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.
  • Video ThumbnailThis film is the culmination of many hours spent perched on Carn Grey rock, in all weathers, with a group of local people willing to share their intimate memories of this natural landmark and its surrounding landscape. The rock has been the backdrop to their lives and the stories and photographs in the film reflect the changing nature both of this landscape and of their personal and working lives. Over the hours of recording, the weather gradually cleared and glimpses of the landscape were revealed and so too were the stories. Each new view revealed, triggered forgotten memories. We were treated to mischievous childhood incidents, insights into now obsolete working practices and accounts of enchanting village events. As with most stories, deep connections emerged whether with the natural landmark itself or intimately with one another, either as best friends, neighbours, work colleagues or family. Thank you to everyone who gave up their time to take part and for their endeavour in searching out long forgotten photographs to enrich the stories. We hope you have enjoyed listening to these stories from Carn Grey rock and that they may trigger memories of this site or of other landmarks in your area.

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Photos

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Testimonials

  • “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