Trip down farming memory lane at Helston museum

Falmouth Packet: Trip down farming memory lane at Helston museum Trip down farming memory lane at Helston museum

More than 100 people visited Helston Museum on Saturday to share their memories of farming and tour the exhibits.

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The museum and Kestle Barton arts centre, based near Manaccan, have teamed up as part of a project called 'Tallys an Tir; Traditions & Stories of the Land'.

This is being led by the Cornish Audio Visual Archive, based on Penryn's Tremough Campus, with the aim of recording history for future generations.

Saturday was a chance for people to share stories, in an informal way. Photographs from the museum’s archives were on display and exhibits were grouped to fit the theme.

Sarah Chapman, who is heading up the project, said: “It went really well. It was a really good afternoon and we had lots of good stories and people bringing along photographs. There was a good turnout.”

Visitors told tales of when tractors transformed farming and how the land has changed over the decades. Some also brought photographs of their own, to join the museum’s collection.

“It was really important to bring out photographs not normally on show,” said Sarah. “Everyone loves to see photos of things they can reminisce about and explore some of the objects.”

Many of the people sharing their stories will be contacted again to take part in the project, that will end with an exhibition of collated material at Kestle Barton over the weekend of the August 31 and September 1.

“It’s a really interesting area,” added Sarah.

More events will take place over the coming months, ahead of the final exhibition in later summer. For more about the project contact sarah.chapman@exeter.ac.uk. or visit cornishstories.com.

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