Thursday 25 May 2017

Bridging Arts welcomes new trustee

We are pleased to announce that Zorica Nikolic-Parry has joined Bridging Arts as a trustee. Zorica is head of finance and facilities at the College of Optometrists, a membership organisation and an examining body for optometrists. She has worked in both the private and not-for-profit sectors. Zorica is a  qualified ACCA accountant.
"Bridging Arts has been involved in some great projects and I am very happy to be joining as a trustee," she said.  "I would like to see the charity grow so that we can reach more people.”

Monday 22 May 2017

Coastal film events in Cornwall

Exciting news from Cornwall Film Festival about coastal film events in Cornwall this summer - this is part of the British Film Instititute's 'Britain on Film' project.
For more details of the Cornish events  - click here.

Wednesday 17 May 2017

William Gendall Jenkin: June lunchtime talk at Royal Cornwall Museum

If you're in Truro, Cornwall, and free at lunchtime - please do call in to one of the lunchtime talks around our World War One exhibition, Heart of Conflict at the Royal Cornwall Museum.

The ground, now overgrown with woodland, where
William Gendall Jenkin died in France
In June, local historian Juliet Jenkin will be talking about her research on William Gendall Jenkin, a cousin of her late husband.  William, a miner, signed up in Camborne and died on the Western Front with many of his companions.

Wednesday 14th June 2017
1pm - 2pm


Making subtitles better

Huge thanks to our volunteer Katrina Williams who attended the European Federation of Hard of Hearing People's annual conference in London earlier this month.
Katrina told me about a range of work being done around the conference theme: 'Staying connected, informed and empowered' - ranging from Apple's work on making iPhones accessible to work on subtitling programmes at the BBC, and elsewhere.
On this subject, the Centre for Translation Studies at University College London (UCL) is running a study on the quality of subtitles  - and is seeking participants who are prepared to complete a 90-minute testing session watching subtitled videos and answering questions related to them.  The Centre will provide £25 payment as compensation for your time.
If you'd like to participate - email Dr Agnieszka Szarkowska  -
More on this initiative on

Tuesday 16 May 2017

Creating historical costume from old photographs - a picture gallery

Photos from a presentation by historical costume expert Lorna Kinsey-Jones at the Royal Cornwall Museum, Truro, earlier this month. Lorna created the fabulous nurse's uniform and Land Army smock which are currently on display at Heart of Conflict, our exhibition on Cornwall during World War One.
Sarah Lloyd-Durrant,  who worked on the digitalisation of the museum's collection of photographs by A. W. Jordan, talked about the archive.

Tuesday 9 May 2017

Spring embroidery at the Masbro Centre

A great session at the Masbro Centre today with old friends! It's been a year now since the first session led by our volunteer Katrina Williams. This workshop had a spring-like theme - a primrose.

Talk at Royal Cornwall Museum: Saving Lives at Sea

Don't miss local historian Len Sheppard's talk at the Royal Cornwall Museum, Truro, during our World War One exhibition Heart of Conflict: he'll be talking about Cornwall and life at sea during the war years.

During the War, people who were close to the sea were often pushed to extremes. Fishermen were called upon to help with rescuing people from torpedoed ships. And in Newquay, the crew of lifeboat “James Stevens Number 5” defied the elements to battle through mountainous seas to rescue a stricken Danish cargo ship carrying vital war supplies.
Wednesday 31 May 2017
13:00 – 14:00pm

 To book, visit the Royal Cornwall Museum's Events' booking site.

Inspiration for our sewing workshop

Portrait of a Lady with spindle and distaff/Maarten van
Heemskerck (1498-1574). Painted 1531.
A splendid painting of a woman with sewing kit to inspire our workshop today at the Masbro Centre, Hammersmith.
Our volunteer Katrina Williams will lead an embroidery session themed to match the weather - spring.

Thursday 4 May 2017

Springtime embroidery in Hammersmith

We're looking forward to our next workshop at the Masbro Centre in Hammersmith, London on Tuesday 9 May. Our volunteer Katrina Williams will be leading an embroidery workshop on the primrose design.
It's nearly a year  now that we've been working with the older people and volunteers at the Masbro Centre. It's been such a rewarding experience for us - and hopefully for everyone who participated.
The embroidery created has been on display there. Click here to view.

Wednesday 3 May 2017

Free poetry workshop: Remembering Cornish experience in World War One.

Detail from a WW1 autograph book on display at Heart of Conflict

Saturday 24 June 2017
14:00 – 16:00

Acclaimed local author Jenny Alexander offers a unique two-hour session at the Royal Cornwall Museum, Truro, looking at the searing stories of sacrifice, love and loss presented in our ‘Heart of Conflict’ exhibition. Come and explore your personal responses to the wartime experiences of the people of Cornwall, through crafting and sharing poems. Suitable for everyone, including complete beginners. Booking essential 15 places only.
Enrolment is free and includes entry to the Museum. Email to book your place or book via on the listings page of the Royal Cornwall Museum.

Tuesday 2 May 2017

Primo Levi - If This Is A Man

An epic reading of Primo Levi's If This Is A Man on Sunday at the Royal Festival Hall.
Such a devastating account: if you haven't read it  - do.
Kemal Pervanic, who survived Omarska concentration camp in the Bosnian war, read. As did playwright Tom Stoppard, actors Samuel West, Henry Goodman and Emma Pallant  - and others including Susan Pollack, a survivor of Auschwitz.
The readings were powerful - and made more so by music (sometimes accompanying). For example, Ernest Bloch's Prayer for Cello and Piano (performed in this Youtube clip by Ying-Jun Wei).

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