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.

Sunday, 23 February 2020

An Atlas of Migration

This looks interesting .... The official blurb (below) is a bit technical but click on the link and there's loads of interesting information.  Click here
It's produced by the European Commissions Knowledge Centre on Migration and Demography....

“The Atlas of Migration is an online guide through complexities of data about migration and demography that will help citizens to understand the facts behind migration as well as provide the policymakers with the best evidence. Open to the public, the interactive platform allows users to create and download profiles for the countries or territories they are interested in. Because the data is updated every 24 hours, users can be confident that they are accessing the most up-to-date information available. The information is made available by bringing together harmonised, validated data from 12 international sources. The Atlas provides information on 60 different indicators related to migration, asylum, integration, demography, and development.”

Friday, 21 February 2020

A good quote from an Archbishop

The former Archbishop of Canterbury the Rt Rev Rowan Williams isn't the most quotable person. But I think he got this very right when he was reviewing a book on migration for the New Statesman.
(The Unsettling of Europe: The Great Migration, 1945 to the Present by Peter Gatrell)

It was a while ago but I saved up the cutting.
Why is so hard for us to see migrants as fellow human beings, he asks?
Imagination  - and artistic initiatives  - can help. He thinks, for example, that The Jungle  - play in London in 2018 weaving together migrants' stories with migrant actors - really showed what could be achieved.

"As in so  many areas, imagination - and the breakthrough into someon else's uinfamiliar persepective - is the beginning of political wisdom, the foundation of a politics that is about more than shifting problems around the board and finding new agents (usually victims) to blame."

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