Source: Western Morning News
Photography exhibition will explore how Cornish landscapes influence people's sense of identity
A new project that explores how Cornish landscapes have influenced people’s sense of identity will be touring Cornwall as part of an upcoming photography exhibition.
History students from the University of Exeter teamed up with the Institute of Cornish Studies (ICS) for the investigation, which examines the relationship between place and identity in modern day Cornwall.
The project focuses on the areas of West Penwith and Helman Tor, where students interviewed members of the local community about their links with the land.
They also studied autobiographies, archaeological reports and photographic collections to get a sense of the “rich pasts” of the areas.
“Talking to people in the area has been insightful for comparing outsider representations and local perspectives,” said Abi Stocker, who worked on the West Penwith part of the project.
“We found that several themes recurred during the interviews, including a sense of home and belonging to iconic landmarks, such as St Michael’s Mount. This appeared to add to the collective and social understanding of place through memory.
Katie Taylor, who focussed on Helman Tor, added that the project was a “very important [means] of recording local histories so that they can be exhibited and enjoyed by the wider public.”
It is also the first stage of the ICS’s Cornish Story programme – a digital platform for exploring Cornwall’s cultural heritage.
Dr Garry Tregidga, director of the institute, said “The project is a great example of the work carried out by the university’s students, as well as an opportunity to expand the study to more sources and areas and tap in to the knowledge of people themselves.”
The project will be on display at the libraries in :
Bodmin on May 17,
Truro on May 24, and
Penzance on May 31.
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