Lunchtime Events as part of the Heart of Conflict exhibition public program:

Saving Lives At Sea
Wed 31 May 2017
13:00 – 14:00pm

During 1914-18, people who were close to the sea were often pushed to extremes. Fishermen were called upon to help with rescuing people from torpedoed ships. And in Newquay, the crew of lifeboat “James Stevens Number 5” defied the elements to battle through mountainous seas to rescue a stricken Danish cargo ship carrying vital war supplies.

Local historian Len Sheppard talks about those dangerous days, recalling local heroism.

Telling stories: Putting Pen to Paper
Wednesday 7th June
10:30 – 12:30

Inspired by our Heart of Conflict exhibition – looking at Cornwall in 1914-18 – this session will allow you to discover tales and write stories that, until now, have never been celebrated.

The exhibition looks at events across all classes, and affecting all lives: from conscientious objectors to stretcher bearers, the home front to the front line, the Women’s Land Army to the Nursing Yeomanry to the Munitionettes. From inventors to industrialists to factory workers.

You’ll uncover a wealth of material that will lead you to create a short story… perhaps the first of many.

This session is open to everyone – including complete beginners.
Led by Bridging Arts
Booking essential 10 places only


William Gendall Jenkin
Wednesday 14th June

Local historian Juliet Jenkin presents her research on William Gendall Jenkin. A young man who joined up in Camborne and died on the Western Front with many of his fellow soldiers.

Free poetry workshop: Remembering Cornish experience in World War One.
Saturday 24 June 2017
14:00 – 16:00pm

Acclaimed local author Jenny Alexander offers a unique two-hour session at the Royal Cornwall Museum, Truro, looking at the searing stories of sacrifice, love and loss presented in its ‘Heart of Conflict’ exhibition. Come and explore your personal responses to the wartime experiences of the people of Cornwall, through crafting and sharing poems. Suitable for everyone, including complete beginners.
Booking essential 15 places only