Posts Tagged ‘Cornwall’

Rediscovering withy pot making on St.Michael’s Mount

Posted on: 2nd July 2024 No Comments

Anyone who knows Stephen Mathews will tell you what a treasure trove of local knowledge and stories he holds. A fascinating and modest man, Stephen has a family history of living and working on St.Michael’s Mount that goes back between 300-400 years. Having met Stephen when recording the Gwelan project, we have been fortunate enough […]

Withy Lore Oral Histories

Posted on: 30th May 2024 No Comments

With the Withy Lore project now underway, we have been enjoying spending time with people who have experience of making withy pots- willow pots to catch shellfish. Only a handful of people with this skill remain, so now feels like an apt time to capture oral histories from a time when making withy pots remained […]

Spending time in nature with George

Posted on: 15th April 2024 No Comments

Our relationship with nature is a theme which we regularly explore through our work. Whether it be making withy pots or sea swimming, there are huge benefits to being connected to the environment. As part of our work with the Bude Climate partnership, we have been creating a series of digital stories and toolkits to […]

Withy pot makers pass on skills to younger generation

Posted on: 11th March 2024 No Comments

Following on from the first Withy Lore event, which saw withy pot makers from around the South-West come together to share and make, we were delighted to welcome a younger generation to the project. Passing on skills In the past withy pot makers would have passed the skill of pot making down the generations. It […]

Anna Pope recording memories of withy pot making

Withy Lore receives funding to document the withy pot craft

Posted on: 21st February 2024 No Comments

We are delighted to share the brilliant news that we have received funding from the National Lottery Heritage Fund, FEAST Cornwall, Cornwall Community Foundation, the St.Aubyn Foundation and the Fishmongers Company for the Withy Lore project. With thanks to this funding Storylines will be working with artist Anna Pope to capture, preserve and share stories and knowledge about the withy pot […]

holding withy pots

Having a go at making a withy pot

Posted on: 19th December 2023 No Comments

Over the past year we have been working with Anna Pope to shape an exciting new project which aims to explore and celebrate the withy pot craft. We’ve spent a lot of time listening to the community and have recently submitted funding applications to (hopefully!) make this project happen. After the relief of having tackled […]

katie and simon who did bespoke oral history training for future pub

Pub Stories with Small Acts

Posted on: 16th October 2023 No Comments

Part of Storylines work involved supporting others to record and share oral history. A while back we supported the brilliant Katie and Simon from Small Acts through bespoke oral history training. The oral histories they captured were from brewers, publicans, communities and pub campaigners in Cornwall, exploring the enduring role of pubs in our lives […]

Documenting Withy Pot Making

Posted on: 4th July 2023 2 Comments

Over the past few months Sarah has enjoyed supporting talented jeweller Anna Pope through the Cultivator mentoring scheme. Anna wanted to learn more about how she could record, share and preserve the stories she was hearing through her project, Jewelwithy. The Jewelwithy project reflected Anna’s passion for the endangered craft of withy pot making. This […]

recording an oral history

Thoughts on… Oral History

Posted on: 3rd June 2023 No Comments

At the heart of our work is deep listening. We often do this through conducting oral history recordings. Recording someone’s memories and reflections is a true privilege and there is huge value in both the process and the recording itself. We have recently been conducting a lot of oral history recordings for different organisations and […]

Rhoda mary painting school

Schooner Stories- Schools Workshop

Posted on: 28th March 2023 1 Comment

Storylines was delighted to be welcomed back into Devoran School recently for a schools workshop exploring Cornish merchant schooners. Year 6 learnt about these vessels through a series of digital stories, doing some excellent listening and note taking. Here’s just one of the digital stories we made with the fabulous Robbie and Maureen Tatlow who had […]