Thursday, 30 July 2020

The world in textiles

Loved this map of the world!
Created by fiber artist Vanessa Barragão (previously) in celebration of a partnership between London’s Heathrow Airport and Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew.
Barragão was commissioned to create a massive botanical tapestry.
Using a range of techniques including latch hooking, felt needling, carving, crochet, she created this map of the world.
Our project on migration, I PACKED THIS MYSELF, encourages people to map their own journeys. Here children at St John's Catholic Primary School, Camborne, plot their journeys in cardboard cut-out suitcases.

Tuesday, 28 July 2020

Zoom workshop for Cornish Primary school

We were thrilled to run our first Zoom workshop on journeys and migration at St John's Catholic Primary School in Camborne, Cornwall. Our special guest, Mirabela Robatzchi from Helston, joined us and talked about the distances (geographical, cultural and social) that she had travelled in her life.
Due to COVID-19, only about 50 children were at the school and we were not able to attend to deliver an assembly in person (as we had hoped earlier in the year).
But it was a huge success. We zoomed into different classrooms, the children asked questions and told us about the journeys they had made - and hoped to make.
Earlier in the week, I'd delivered some cut-out cardboard suitcases at the school. After we'd finished our assembly, the children created works of art with them.
Here's a wonderful selection. This is part of our project I PACKED THIS MYSELF, funded by Cornwall Council, aimed at breaking down prejudice against workers from overseas who now live in the county.

Thursday, 11 June 2020

West Cornwall Miners' Hospital

We haven't been able to do much on our projects during lockdown - but we have been reading!
So many interesting newsletters, Bernard Deacon's on Cornish Studies Resources being a good example.
Here he talks about the Miners' and Women's Hospital in Redruth.  Dr William Blackwood of Camborne worked very closely with this hospital. Dr Blackwood is central to our research on the Cornish miners from Dolcoath (and other mines) who signed up for the Royal Army Medical Corps in World War One.
Interesting to read about this hospital which would have been so central in their working lives.
We wrote our own post a few years ago  - Dr. Deacon provides very useful and much-needed context.

Monday, 13 April 2020

Podcast on the Spanish flu

One of the many good things that came out of our World War One project Heart of Conflict was discovering the Western Front Association.
They've just publicised one of their podcasts with a very timely theme: the Spanish flu.
People have compared Covid19 with the Spanish flu.
It could be very interesting to listen to this... Click on the link below ....
Western Front association podcast on the Spanish flu

Monday, 6 April 2020

NHS Coronavirus guidelines translated into 43 languages....

A really good resource. Doctors of the World in collaboration with other charities has published Coronavirus advice in 43 different languages. The guidelines are based on the government’s updated advice and health information.
This one is in Romanian.

Here's the background to the project:

Doctors of the World are really pleased to be able to share with you Coronavirus (COVID-19) advice for patients in 43 languages, which were produced in partnership with the British Red Cross, Migrant Help and Clear Voice and a lot of wonderful volunteers (thank you!):The language files can be viewed in a browser or downloaded for free.The complete list: English, Albanian, Amharic, Arabic, Armenian, Bengali, Bulgarian, Czech, Dari, Estonian, Farsi, French, German. Greek, Gujarati, Hindi, Hungarian, Italian, Kiswahili, Krio, Kurdish Sorani, Lithuanian, Oromo, Malayalam, Pashto, Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi, Romanian, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Sindhi, Slovak, Spanish, Somali, Tamil, Tigrinya, Turkish, Urdu, Vietnamese, Wolof, Yiddish.
Videos of the information are being released here:

Thursday, 12 March 2020

Still time to nominate people for new Camborne Community Awards

Something good to think about amidst all the Corona virus anxiety....!
There's still time to nominate people for Camborne's first ever Community and Commerce Awards. The deadline for nominations is 12pm, Friday 20th March. The awards will be made on Wednesday 6th May at Camborne Rugby Club.
It's a chance to put forward the name of any individuals, groups and businesses that deserve to be recognised for exceptional contributions to the Parish of Camborne.
More information on this link....  Or email Rose on

Thursday, 5 March 2020

A wet St Piran's Day in London

Torrential rain - in fact it didn't stop all day. But thanks to Steve from the St Peter's Residential Association, the flag was flying over St Peter's Square, Hammersmith, London, on St Piran's Day today.

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