Disaster relief agency ShelterBox is inviting everyone into its visitor centre in Truro this half term where, in addition to the usual interactive displays, there will be free activity workshops for three to 11 year olds, and an exhibition of artwork for sale by Falmouth University students.

Youngsters are encouraged to take part in activities on the subject of Wild Weather which will include make-and-take crafts, and a learning library where children can sit and read.

The visitor centre is already established as a fascinating insight into the charity’s worldwide emergency shelter work, with exhibits and equipment to explore, interactive electronics, tents, solar lights, and a packing line that shows just what goes into the familiar green ShelterBoxes.

From Saturday, February 10, the centre will also host a unique exhibition and artwork sale by Falmouth University drawing students. Course coordinator and senior lecturer Isolde Pullum, said: "The students were very moved by their visit to ShelterBox. I think it really hit home to many of them the importance of an immediate response to an emergency situation.

"The idea to make drawings that could raise money came from them, and the theme of temporary housing seemed broad enough to encompass a range of different approaches and ideas.

"The History Box drawings aim to capture the passage of time by including elements of change and movement within the same drawing. A drawing, unlike a photograph, has the potential to encompass time passing by the artist’s reaction to changes. The staff and students really welcome this opportunity to work with ShelterBox and hope it can be the start an ongoing relationship."

All the drawings on display can be bought, some for as little as £10, with all the proceeds going to ShelterBox.

Visitor experience assistant, Ellie Howell-Round, said: "This is very generous of the Falmouth University students, and the artworks are fascinating and thought-provoking. And who knows what our visitors over half term will create?

"Everyone can empathise with the people that ShelterBox helps, as we all fear extreme weather and appreciate the importance of safety and shelter. We look forward to some interesting conversations and colourful results in our half term workshops, and we’d love to welcome as many families as possible."