Sunny autumn weather brought out the beauty and grandeur of Lanhydrock House for the children of Landaviddy Class from Polperro School when they visited in October as part of their history topic. Knowledgeably guided by National Trust Volunteers, the children learned about the contrasting lives of the staff and family of Lanhydrock in Victorian times and saw first- hand the objects and technology of that era. They will use this experience and knowledge back in school to complete a cross-curricular project about people in the local area in the past. The transport for this trip was funded by the Cornwall Heritage Trust, and Polperro School extends their thanks for such generous support. The cost of transport is often a barrier to taking pupils out on field-trips, so CHT have really made a great difference to children’s learning. If you would like to find out more about how to apply for help with the cost of transport for schools to visit heritage sites in Cornwall click...
Continuing the theme of landmarks as a starting point to share memories and experiences, we have held a series of events and workshops as part of the ‘Landmark Travels; Our Past in a Suitcase‘ project. A focus on landmarks has provided a fascinating way to explore place and we have been delighted to see how the project has been developing. On what could have possibly been the only sunny day in August we held a Families Day at Carn Euny. Enthusiastic families explored the ancient village through the story of a young boy and engaged in a range of drop in activities by navigating the site with a special map (read more). In September and October we held Memory Days in Wadebridge (read more) and Trethurgy (read more). These were both well attended and have provided us with valuable contacts of people willing to be recorded over the winter. We will then edit some of these recordings down to 3-4 minutes, link them with images and create a series of digital stories that we will put online, show at events and take into schools. Finally we have begun our ‘Landmark Memories’ workshops, with the first one in Marazion, where we spent a wonderful afternoon sharing personal memories of significant landmarks and creating 1940’s style folding postcards to capture these (read more). SAVE THE DATE! Our next ‘Landmark Travels’ event is a Community Day, which will take place at Treffry Viaduct on Sunday 22nd November 2015 from midday-4pm and is FREE. Come and explore the magnificent Treffry Viaduct through a range of fun and exciting drop-in activities for all ages. Find us in various locations...
Saltash U3A has recently been awarded £33,700 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), for an exciting project called Reading the Hurlers. The community geo-archaeological project focuses on the early Bronze Age site of the Hurlers stone circles, near the village of Minions, Bodmin Moor. As part of the project, volunteers will undertake a geological survey and produce a profile of the area’s granite resources which will aim to identify the sources of granite which the standing stones of the Hurlers were quarried from. In September 2016, an archaeological excavation of a potential new stone circle, situated very close to the Hurler’s complex will be undertaken by Cornwall Archaeological Unit. This excavation is supported by a grant from Cornwall Archaeological Society and members of CAS are invited to take part in the excavation alongside members of Saltash U3A. Financial support from Cornwall Heritage Trust has meant that Reading the Hurlers will also include a comprehensive programme of school visits and activities. For more information and for schools who would like to take part, please contact the Project Co-ordinator, Emma...
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