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Ancient Manaccan farm hosts agriculture history open day: PICTURES
1:00pm Saturday 7th September 2013 in News
AN ancient farmstead at the head of the Helford River in Manaccan played host to an entertaining exhibition of farming memorabilia and activities at the weekend.
Kestle Barton held the This Land exhibition of local farming photographs and films through collaboration between the farmstead and the Institute of Cornish Studies (ICS), which ran the ‘Tallys an Tir - Tradition and Stories of the Land’ project.
The work on display has been created during the past year by farming families, people living in the area and primary schools to record and collect stories, photographs, maps and objects that explore local landscapes.
Sarah Chapman, project leader, said: “It was wonderful to see all the hard work put in by the local group working on Tallys an Tir – Traditions and Stories of the Land, come together over this weekend.
“We had a really good turnout and many visitors recognised all of the 12 people whose stories, photographs, portraits and objects were exhibited in the gallery space.” She added that many people stayed for hours, listening to the digital stories and catching up with familiar faces.
“It has been a pleasure working with Kestle Barton on this project, and the venue made a fitting backdrop to the weekend of activities. We hope to put on a similar exhibition of the work at Heslton Folk Museum in the near future, so watch this space,” said Sarah.
As well as a series of recordings telling the stories of farming families and those who worked on the land, visitors to the event were also able to admire farming photographs from the |Lizard taken by Helston-based vet John Head in the 1990s, watch short films of the Spring |celebrations performed by children from Manaccan, Garras and St Martin-in-Meneage |primary schools, and a performance and |installation of Keskerdh An Kammva Dro by artist Julia Giles.
Kestle Barton has been restored during the past five years to create art space and holiday cottages, with its core aim to provide a centre for the arts offering changing exhibitions and workshops, while the organic farm produces beef, and has orchards and even a new walnut nuttery.
The project has been funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, with additional support from FEAST Cornwall.
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