This ‘virtual’ suitcase allows you to step out onto one of Cornwall’s lesser-known landmarks in the heart of the Clay Country… Carn Grey Rock. Situated above the village of Trethurgy in Mid Cornwall this unique outcrop affords a spectacular panoramic view of the surrounding landscape. From Par and Charlestown on the coast, to Penwithick and Carludden further inland, Carn Grey Rock watches over a landscape layered with stories from time gone by, right up to the present time. The landscape itself is ever changing; moulded by the industries which sought the valuable copper, tin, granite and later China Clay lying beneath the earth.
Using the film, ‘A landscape layered with Stories’ which was shot entirely from this vantage point and interspersed with archive photographs and audio recordings, children will be able to understand how our local landscapes hold our histories, memories and stories. In this film children will see how gathering a group of people to an iconic and familiar place, can trigger long forgotten memories and deep connections. Link these stories with images, collages and text and they will see a beautiful tapestry of people’s lives unfolding before them. The stories within the film provide starting points for exploring many different themes, including village life, the China Clay industry, mining, farming, quarrying, childhood, community, fishing and World War 2.
This resource aims to enrich children’s experience of this unique landmark and the surrounding area through a series of creative and sensory activities combining Art, History and Literacy, for use on site and beyond. These are aimed at firing the imagination and helping children become embedded in this site and its constantly changing history.
A suggested timescale for these activities would be over 2 ½ days.
We suggest allowing ½ a day to introduce the story of the Treffry Viaduct and the life of Joseph Treffry. This would involve the children building up the visual jigsaw of how the viaduct was created, the thinking behind Treffry’s dreams and how the system worked. This was quite a complicated construction and there are many technical terms that children need to understand and be familiar with before they visit the site. It then makes recognition of the features and site layout a lot easier.
For the site visit we recommend a full day. This involves following the Valley from Pont’s Mill right the way up the incline to the Treffry Viaduct, with stops along the way to check out pertinent features such as the Wheel Pit and to participate in a variety of challenges and activities. Following this route should embed what they learned about the construction and operation of the site through playing with the visual jigsaw and interpretation of the story they heard.
Ideally a further whole day should then be allocated to discuss the visit, make memory badges to attach to the large pull out map inside the suitcase, write postcards/poetry and collate the information they collected in their books on the site visit.
Interested in this resource or workshops?
As with all our suitcases, there are a number of options on how they can be used. This suitcase is stored at the offices of Cornwall Heritage Trust, and is free for schools and groups to borrow. Within the suitcase you will find a detailed plan covering a range of activities that have been developed and delivered to previous schools through a series of workshops with Storylines. You can either choose to guide children through these yourselves, or decide to bring in workshop leaders from Storylines, a Cornish Community Interest Company that specialises in delivering narrative focused, creative workshops.
For Treffry Viaduct the following support is available and you can pick and choose depending on what you feel most comfortable with delivering yourself and your budget-
- Introduction to Treffry Viaduct, Luxulyan Valley and Joseph Treffry (see above)- ½ day-£200 (includes 2 Storylines practitioners and all materials)
- Site visit to Treffry Viaduct and the Luxulyan Valley- full day- £400* (includes 2 Storylines practitioners, all materials and support with the practicalities of the visit)
- Follow up creative activities- Memory Badges etc (see above)- full day- (includes 2 Storylines practitioners and all materials)
9 to 11
Industrial Revolution | Local Geology | Local history | Local Industry | Mining/quarrying | Significant Historical Characters | Victorian era
Before your visit…
We know how much teachers have to think about before venturing out of the classroom, so here are a few things we discovered that we hope you will find useful when planning your visit to Treffry Viaduct and the Luxulyan Valley.
01209 707 008
The Cornwall Heritage Trust provides travel grants to help schools visit heritage sites.