Tallys an Tir – Traditions and Stories of the Land

31 August - 1 September 2013

‘Tallys an Tir – Traditions & Stories of the Land’ is a year long project that will work with communities and primary schools around Cornwall to explore and rediscover Cornwall’s rural past through story. The project is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund with additional support from FEAST Cornwall.

Linking up with communities Countywide ‘Tallys an Tir’ will capture and share stories that consider our relationships with the Cornish landscape. From farming with horses to foraging for goosegrass, furze stogs for firewood to folk songs, thrashing days to childhood games, crying the neck to croust time. Cornwall is a unique place with a rich heritage and what better way to explore this than through stories.

To best capture these stories a variety of free training will be delivered to local people within each community. This will include oral history training, storytelling workshops, memory days and heritage walks. Old photographs and footage will also be gathered, allowing the project to produce a series of short films local to each area. This material will form the basis for 5 community events that will take place around Cornwall. Collected memories and photographs will also be added to archived material collected through the Cornish Audio Visual Archive’s (CAVA’s) past project, ‘Family, Farming & Tradition’ that took place during 2010.

‘Tallys an Tir’ will also deliver a series of artist led workshops to selected primary schools around the County, showcasing the work produced in the projects community events. These workshops will use stories of local farmers as starting points for creative learning. The project will also produce free education resources for all primary schools, helping younger generations to learn more about their rural heritage through local farming stories.

Community events will take place at Rosehip Barn near Launceston, Kestle Barton in Manaccan (This Land 31 August – 1 September 2013), Gunwen Chapel in Luxulyan, the Centre of Pendeen in West-Penwith and in The Roseland. Events will be open to everyone, with additional activities, displays, food and fun. There will also be further opportunities for people to share their stories, memories and photographs of Cornwall’s land. In the run up to these there will also be organized memory days, heritage walks and training workshops.

The project will conclude with a multimedia conference at Cornwall’s Council Chamber at Lys Kernow in Truro. This conference will allow individuals, groups and organisations to present and share work produced over the project’s duration. The conference will use digital and creative media as a way to explore Cornwall’s rural heritage making material more accessible and providing a vibrant and up-beat way of exploring our rural heritage.
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