Landmark Travels – out past in a suitcase

The Cornish for this project is ‘Viajys Tirnos – agan termyn eus passysyn trog’ and is run by Storylines in conjunction with the Institute of Cornish Studies and the Heritage Lottery Fund.  This is an exciting project unearthing the stories, traditions and histories connected with landmarks throughout Cornwall.

The idea was piloted at Luxulyan and St Just Schools and the resources developed by the children were placed in the suitcase to enable other schools and local communities to explore and learn about the marvellous historic landmarks right on their doorstep. The project, ‘Landmark Travels – our past in a suitcase’, involved a specialist team to help inspire children and teachers through workshops centred on Cornish landmarks such as Carn Euny and Treffry Viaduct. Children had the chance to visit the local landmarks and, with the help of the mystery contents of the suitcase, to respond creatively using a range of techniques. These included storytelling, sculpture, painting, digital media, collage and poetry. At the end of each workshop, children’s responses were folded, posted and attached to the inside of the old suitcases, to enable them to be made available to the next school and inspire more young people to carry on this important work.

This project offers a different and innovative approach to engage people of all ages with their local heritage, spreading knowledge about Cornwall’s exciting historic landmarks. Subsequent comments from the Head Teachers involved included: “Wow! This was truly wonderful…the children had an amazing experience through being involved with your project…would be great to share with the ‘world’…we are very honoured to have been given this opportunity…do bear us in mind if you need any schools to work with in the future.”

If you feel your school could benefit from these workshops, please email us for more information at info@cornwallheritagetrust.org