Saturday 29 April 2017

Creating a legacy: free writing workshops at Heart of Conflict

As part of Heart of Conflict, our exhibition at the Royal Cornwall Museum on Cornwall during World War One, we're running two writing workshops over the next couple of months. 

These are for complete beginners as well more experienced writers.  All are welcome. Entry is free and includes entry to the Museum. To book visit here or email

Telling stories: Putting Pen to Paper
Wednesday 7th June
10:30 – 12:30

Inspired by our Heart of Conflict exhibition – looking at Cornwall in 1914-18 – this session will allow you to discover tales and write stories that, until now, have never been celebrated.

The exhibition looks at events across all classes, and affecting all lives: from conscientious objectors to stretcher bearers, the home front to the front line, the Women’s Land Army to the Nursing Yeomanry to the Munitionettes. From inventors to industrialists to factory workers.

You’ll uncover a wealth of material that will lead you to create a short story… perhaps the first of many.

Led by Bridging Arts
Booking essential 10 places only

Wednesday 26 April 2017

If This Is A Man

A unique event at the Southbank this Sunday: a live five-hour reading to mark the 70th anniversary of the publication of Primo Levi's book If This Is A Man - an account of Levi's survival at Auschwitz.
A.L. Kennedy and Philippe Sands lead the reading - Kemal Pervanic, who worked with us on our early projects at Bridging Arts, will be participating.
His film Pretty Village is an amazing piece of work.

Monday 24 April 2017

Creating historical costume from old photographs

The next lunchtime talk at the Royal Cornwall Museum during Heart of Conflict (our exhibition on Cornwall during World War One) will throw a spotlight on clothing worn then.
Curator Sarah Lloyd-Durrant will be on hand to show you photographs of women from the first world war, alongside freelance costume maker Lorna Kinsey-Jones who will talk about how she made replica costume using the Museum's photographic collection as evidence.
Two costumes made by Lorna are on show at the exhibition which is at the Royal Cornwall Museum until the end of June.
Places are limited for this talk: please reserve your place by clicking here.

Friday 21 April 2017

Bayonets during World War One

Fascinating post on the Royal Cornwall Museum blog on the use of bayonets in World War One.
Our exhibition Heart of Conflict - throwing a spotlight on Cornwall during 1914-18 - is on display at the Museum until 30 June 2017.

Click here to read more....

Wednesday 5 April 2017

Not for the faint hearted: medical care and nursing in World War One

We've been getting ready for a talk next week at the Royal Cornwall Museum, Truro, on medical care and nursing in World War One, led and inspired by our volunteer Valerie Grigg who has contributed such a lot to our exhibition on Cornwall during the war years.

Heart of Conflict throws a spotlight on life in the county between 1914-18: Valerie, a nurse herself, has had an interest in medical care at the time since she started researching her grandfather's war record many years ago.

We'll be throwing a spotlight on several stories in the collection: the men from Dolcoath mine who became stretcher bearers in the Royal Army Medical Corps, Lillie Uren who met her future husband during First Aid training and a hospital for officers in a large house near Redruth.
To book a place, click here.

Kate Keara Pelen and a constellation of badges

Great to see Kate Keara Pelen last night at the opening of her show near Waterloo: hadn't seen her for far too long - seven years ago when she was showing with Lorenzo Belenguer at the Gallery in Willesden Green.
She's been working again with textiles - this time at the Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing at King's College London and created an installation of 100 nursing badges spanning more than a century.
Each is embellished - perhaps with suture threads, fragments of cloth, wool - or decommissioned uniforms. There's a sound track with interviews to accompany the piece - hard to hear last night in the buzz of the busy opening!
But to find out more about Kate's thoughts about the piece - click here.
We've been thinking about nursing in World War One in particular ahead of next week's talk at the Royal Cornwall Museum, Truro. Part of our Heart of Conflict exhibition on Cornwall during the war years.

Tuesday 4 April 2017

Hearing loss conference in London

Resultado de imagen de deafOur hard-working volunteer Katrina Williams has let me know about an important conference on 6 May in central London focussing on hearing loss and related issues.

Katrina takes a particular interest in the subject and last year travelled to Paris to attend a conference on this subject; she's found that there's always something new and interesting to discover.

Here are the details about the event in May: Katrina will be attending.

It's organised by the National Association of Deafened People (NDAP) and Europe Federation of Hard of Hearing People (EFHOH) and will be held at Friends House, Friends House, 173-177 Euston Road, London, NW1 2BJ.

Confirmed speakers include Penny Mordaunt MP ( UK Minister for Disabled People), Dr. Laszlo Lovaszy (Expert at the UN CRPD Committee and EU Parliament Advisor), Lilian Greenwood (MP for Nottingham South), Søren Hougaard (Secretary General of the European Hearing Instrument Manufacturers Association), Mark Laureyns (President of the European Association of Hearing Care Professionals), Gareth Ford – Williams (Head of Accessibility, BBC Design and Engineering), Sarah Herlinger (Apple) and David Bradshaw (DTG).

Tickets can be bought at
Katrina (far right) taking a group of keen embroiderers to the V&A Museum recently

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