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Cornwall's Farming Heritage
Farming heritage
Photograph reproduced with the kind permission of the Royal Institution of Cornwall (R.I.C). THW. Steam driven threshing tackle and straw elevator at work. Probably St Merryn-Padstow area. T.H.Williams photo

A year long project to show the changes in Cornish farming will be going on display for three months.

Family, Farming and Tradition returns to the industry of the 19th century.

Through the project researchers have collected photographs, video interviews, film and artefacts to show how farming has changed over the years.

From September the exhibition will tour Cornwall beginning in Truro at the Royal Cornwall Museum.

Cornish farming in years gone by
Photograph reproduced with the kind permission of the Royal Institution of Cornwall (R.I.C). Harvest field posed group at Croust

Each exhibition will showcase a different combination of images, artefacts and video work.

Contemporary photographs by Sarah C Chapman provide poignant comparisons to historical photographs and artefacts from the Royal Institution of Cornwall and Penlee House Gallery and Museum collections.

It will highlight the social shifts and technological advances that have evolved in recent history.

Sarah Chapman says: "By documenting everyday events and lives, my photographs celebrate Cornish farming while creating an awareness of local practices."

The touring exhibition is the work of the Cornish Audio Visual Archive (CAVA) a University of Exeter project.

There are also interviews with members of the farming community which provide a living memory of past and present farming in Cornwall.

Stories that have been passed down through the generations are retold and captured by CAVA.

The project was funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Nerys Watts, Head of Region from the Heritage Lottery Fund says: "This project will guarantee that local memories, stories and traditions won't be lost.

"Much has changed within farming in Cornwall and it is important that young people learn first hand what farming life was like years ago."

Essential Information

The exhibitions will begin at the Royal Cornwall Museum on the 18th September until 30th October 2010 and will run alongside further displays of the project.

These will be at Penlee House Gallery and Museum, which will run from the 24th September- 6th November 2010, and the Eden Project, where the exhibition will link in with the Arts Café Harvest celebrations on the 1st October 2010.

Further exhibitions will be at Lesnewth Church from 9th-13th November 2010 and the Exchange in December 2010.

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