From the Institute of Cornish Studies:
A Very Special Suitcase!
They may look battered and tired but three very special old suitcases will soon be traveling around schools and communities in Cornwall. Schools are being invited to join an exciting local landmark pilot project in conjunction with the Institute of Cornish Studies and Cornwall Heritage Trust.
The suitcases will carry valuable resources to enable schools and local communities to explore and learn about the marvellous historic landmarks right on their doorstep.
The project was officially launched at the Penryn Campus on St. Piran’s Day 2014 and will initially run for 3 months.
The project, ‘Landmark Travels – our past in a suitcase’, involves a specialist team that will inspire children and teachers through workshops centred on Cornish landmarks such as Dupath Well, Carn Euny and Treffry Viaduct. Children involved will get the chance to visit these local landmarks and, with the help of the mystery contents of the suitcase, will respond creatively using a range of techniques. These will include storytelling, sculpture, painting, digital media, collage and poetry. At the end of each workshop, children’s responses will be folded, posted and attached to the inside of the old suitcases, which will then travel to the next school to inspire more young people to carry on this important work.
Sarah Chapman, one of the project team says, “From past experience, we have learnt that storytelling and creativity provide positive ways to engage children with their heritage in a meaningful, responsive and fun way. This project will expand on this and takes us out into the landscape to explore some of the fascinating historic landmarks on our doorstep.”
This project offers a different and innovative approach to engage people of all ages with their local heritage, spreading knowledge about Cornwall’s exciting past.
If you think your school could benefit from joining this exciting project, please contact Sarah Chapman on 07767382552 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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