Archivist at Wheal Martyn

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Wheal Martyn are looking for an experienced archivist to plan and deliver an urgent programme of work to clean, consolidate and relocate the most significant parts of our archive from its current premises to Wheal Martyn.   This will include support in the development of policies and processes required to manage the Archive with appropriate professional standards in accessioning, cataloguing, preservation and disaster planning.  A key part of the role will be to train and support the work of our volunteers in moving the archive and its longer term access and maintenance.

 

Salary:                                    £30,000 (pro rata)

Hours:                                    32 per week (0.8 FTE)

Location:                                Wheal Martyn, St Austell

Period of contract:               12 months from May/June 2021

Closing date:                         30 April 2021

Interviews:                             Week Commencing 17 May 2021

 

You can view the full job description here and please complete this application form. Please send you completed application form via email to recruitment@wheal-martyn.com or by post to:

WHEAL MARTYN TRUST

C/O ROADFORD LAKE

BROADWOODWIDGER

LIFTON

DEVON

PL16 0RL

 

You can also see the job advertisement on the Wheal Martyn website.

More Than Words Project Manager at the Sensory Trust

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A rare opportunity to join the Sensory Trust team, this role will manage and deliver the new More Than Words project. This is a National Lottery Heritage Funded project to make heritage accessible through co-designed, inclusive, sensory-rich interpretation. This is a full time role fixed until September 2023.

The More Than Words project will create accessible, sensory-rich visitor experiences for a wider audience, demonstrating how sensory-rich interpretation can improve access, enable engagement and make connections for a range of visitors with different access needs, learning abilities and styles.

The role will work closely with 5 heritage partners in Cornwall: Wheal Martyn, King Edward Mine,
Harveys Foundry Hayle, Geevor Tin Mine and Kresen Kernow. This will include designing and running a series of small-scale workshops with community groups representing people with varying disabilities with their carers/parents/families/supporters to co-design new interpretation and visitor experience opportunities at our partner sites.

This will lead to the design, delivery and installation of a range of interpretation materials and visitor experiences with our partners to create demonstration sites of our techniques. The design will be individual to each site, informed by the workshops, tested by people in the community and delivered/installed with the support of staff and
volunteers. The project will connect with the wider heritage and cultural sector across the UK through producing new guidance on sensory-rich interpretation for heritage landscapes, a local and national training programme for those working and volunteering in the heritage sector and a national conference on sensory-rich experiences and visitor experiences in heritage environments.

The role will include outdoor activities and working with a wide range of community members,
particularly people with varying disabilities, sensory impairments and health conditions. The role will require a DBS check.

You can read the full job description and person specification here: More Than Words Project Manager Job Description

Applications
Please send a cv and covering letter, preferably by email to: vhutchinson@sensorytrust.org.uk 

Or alternatively by post to:
Victoria Hutchinson
Sensory Trust
Fig Leaf Building
Eden ProjectBodelva
St Austell
PL24 2SG

Deadline: Midday on Monday 19th April 2021
Interviews: these will provisionally be held online in the week beginning 3 May 2021.
For an informal discussion on the role please contact Victoria Hutchinson on 07857 905524

New Trustee Appointments at Leach Pottery

At a table a young woman sits between two young boys; in front of them are three clay animal creations.

The Bernard Leach (St Ives) Trust seeks to appoint up to five new Trustees. We are looking for Trustees who will share the vision of the Leach Pottery and work with a committed group of fellow Trustees to support the strategic development of the Leach Pottery and its exceptional staff.

Please contact us at pottery by emailing office@leachpottery.com and either Libby Buckley, Director or a Trustee would be happy to have an informal chat to tell you more about the opportunity.

We would actively encourage applications from young people and those with a diverse background.

Knowledge, experience or enthusiasm relating to modern studio ceramics and the story of Bernard Leach’s pioneering pottery in St Ives, Cornwall is also an advantage.

We are embarking on the delivery of our new forward plan (2021-2026) with a refreshed vision that builds upon our positive progress in the last few years. We meet four times a year at the Pottery in St. Ives and we are keen to welcome new Trustees that are committed to making a positive contribution to the organisation and, in return, enjoy working alongside the staff and Trustee team.

The Trustees post is voluntary and unpaid but reasonable travel expenses incurred would be covered.

If you are interested in applying to be a Trustee, please write a short letter outlining your interest and particular skills and send it, along with a CV, to office@leachpottery.com by Sunday 17th May 2021.

A woman stands on the bank of a small stream and scrapes clay out of a shovel - three others stand around looking at the clay.

Role Description for Board members

Purpose

The role of Board member is to ensure that Bernard Leach Trust (BLT) complies with all statutory and legal responsibilities, and that the BLT is successful.  Board members ensure that high standards of corporate governance are observed at all times.  Board members are responsible for ensuring the overall strategic direction of BLT, and oversee the delivery of results by monitoring performance against agreed strategic objectives and targets.

Role description

General

·         To act within the powers of Bernard Leach Trust as set out in the constitution;

·         To promote the success of Bernard Leach Trust ;

·         To exercise independent judgement;

·         To exercise reasonable care, skill and diligence;

·         To avoid conflicts of interest and declare where there may be conflict of interest; and

·         To not accept benefits from third parties.

Strategic leadership

·         To ensure there is a clear vision and strategic direction and that the strategic objectives of Bernard Leach Trust are in line with the objects defined in the constitution and the agreed values; and

·         To monitor progress towards achieving the agreed strategic objectives.

Ensure effective governance

·         To ensure policies and procedures reflect best practice and keep the organisation compliant with the law;

·         To ensure adherence to policies and procedures; and

·         To ensure the sound financial standing of the Trust.

 

Person specification

General

·         Understanding of BLT’s operating environment and the key governance requirements for Board members.

Strategic leadership

·         Ability to analyse the environment, set and prioritise objectives; and

·         Ability to make own views known and make decisions in a group environment and in line with strategic objectives.

Communication

·         Ability to listen intently, carefully and objectively; and

·         Ability to convey ideas, information and opinions clearly and concisely.

Team-working

·         Supportive of the chair, fellow Board members and the Director;

·         Ability to challenge the views of others appropriately; and

·         Ability to build relationships with a wide range of stakeholders.

 

You can find out more on the Leach Pottery website here.

Studio Apprentice (3 years) at Leach Pottery

A table of three women working on various clay creations in the Leach Pottery Studio

Our next Apprenticeship is now open for applications.

This is a 36 month/3 year placement at foundation level, aimed at someone with little or no previous experience of ceramics and with priority given to those based permanently in Cornwall.

Key Dates:

  • Open morning: week of 26 April

  • Closing date: 9 May 2021

  • Interviews: week beginning 17 May

  • Decision by: 21 May

  • Start date: around July 2021.

For more information please see Job Description

 

How to Apply: Apprenticeship

To apply for this position please send to office@leachpottery.com:

  • A Cover Letter including an expression of interest in the role, outlining your suitability based on the Job Description and Person Specification. This can be written (no more than four sides of A4), recorded or filmed (no more than five minutes)

  • Your current CV

  • A completed Application Form

  • A completed Equal Opportunities form

Interviews will take place on the week of the 17 May. This is a two stage process:

  • Stage 1: Practical sessions

  • Stage 2: Interview.

There will be a shortlist of candidates invited to the practical sessions and from this there will be a further shortlisting process to select for interview.

 

Open Morning: interested candidates may attend an open morning at the Leach Pottery on the week of 26 April week (start time 10am, for approximately 1.5 hours). Pre-booking is essential as spaces are limited. Please contact Margaret Parma to arrange your place: office@leachpottery.com

Please note: attendance at one of the open mornings is not a requirement for application.

Head to the Leach Pottery website here.

Comms & Marketing Manager at Leach Pottery

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Come and work with us at the Leach Pottery, St Ives, Cornwall!

The Comms and Marketing Manager will be responsible for:

  • Developing and implementing external and internal communications for the Leach Pottery (Trust and Enterprise) in line with our strategic vision, values and Business Plan.
  • Devising engaging and relevant content and planned communications to foster our relationships with our audiences, students, stakeholders, customers and colleagues.

 

This is a permanent contract – 0.8 to 1 FTE (4-5 days a week) ideally full-time

23-25K pro rata (dependent on experience)

Closing Date: 9 May 2021, interviews at the end of May

For more information please see the full Job Description

 

To apply for this position please send to office@leachpottery.com:

  • A Cover Letter including an expression of interest in the role, outlining your suitability based on the Job Description and Person Specification. This can be written (no more than four sides of A4), recorded or filmed (no more than five minutes)

  • Your current CV

  • A completed Application Form

  • A completed Equal Opportunities form

Head to the Leach Pottery website here.

£50,000 Art Fund Grant Supports 3D Costume Digitisation Project at Cornwall Museums Partnership

PRESS RELEASE

A clothes rail of colourful historic military costumes at Bodmin Keep

– Cornwall Museums Partnership (CMP) has received a £50,000 Respond & Reimagine grant from Art Fund to deliver a new, innovative approach to generating income for museums with the Beyond Digitisation project.

– This partnership project with innovative tech start-up Purpose 3D will produce 3D models of costume collections at three museums – Royal Cornwall Museum, Penlee House Gallery & Museum and Bodmin Keep – to be made available to commercial markets such as the gaming and fashion industries.

– The models will also be used to support innovative and inspirational new methods of interpretation, enabling up-close digital engagement with collections when physically visiting and handling is less possible.

– The project will run for 6 months, starting in December 2020 and running until June 2021.

 

Respond and Reimagine Grants

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Since the pandemic began, Art Fund has donated £2,250,000 to 67 projects across the UK through its Respond & Reimagine emergency response grants. The grants help museums to adapt and evolve for the challenges posed by the pandemic, from taking their collections online, to making their spaces Covid-safe.

We are pleased to announce that Cornwall Museums Partnership has been awarded a Respond & Reimagine grant to deliver a new, innovative approach to generating income for museums through the Beyond Digitisation project.

 

Beyond Digitisation: Creating Useful Digital Assets and Sustainable Income Streams

The Beyond Digitisation project aims to unlock the potential of 3D digitisation technology and generate 3D digital assets of the costume collections at Royal Cornwall Museum, Penlee House Gallery & Museum and Bodmin Keep. This breakthrough project will support the museums to transform their approach to digital collections engagement and inspire new methods of interpretation. 3D scans offer more dynamic digital resources than 2D photographs, enhancing the visitor experience by allowing users to zoom, rotate and interact with collections in an engaging way not currently possible.

Verity Anthony, Visitor Experience and Collections Manager at Bodmin Keep says “The Beyond Digitisation project has been a fantastic opportunity to explore the possibilities open to us in using 3D models to bring our collections and Bodmin Keep to life, for education, engagement and interpretation both now and in the future.”

A red and gold military costume on a stand is being photographed with a white screen and lights around it - part of the digitisation capture process at Bodmin Keep.

A military uniform from the collection of Bodmin Keep set up for the 3D digitisation capture process

CMP is partnering on this project with Purpose 3D, an innovative start-up based in Penryn who specialise in the 3D digitisation of vintage and historical clothing for commercial purposes and digital download. Harnessing cutting-edge photogrammetry technology, they produce authentic and realistic 3D models for commercial sectors such as the gaming and fashion industries.

Adam Tindall, co-founder of Purpose 3D, says “We feel very privileged to have such forward thinking institutions such as CMP and the 3 museums we are partnering with on our doorstep and their willingness to embark on a project embracing digital technology. Bringing history to life in 3D is really rewarding and we have been blown away by the depth of collection and history displayed by the museums of Cornwall. Hopefully the work we are doing will help to bring their collections to life, appeal to new and existing visitors and spread the word of the amazing collections and stories that lie in these amazing museums.”

Jeni Woolcock, Collections and Engagement Officer at Royal Cornwall Museum says ‘We are really excited that this project will show our costume collection and let people really get close and see details such as lace, buttons, trimmings and even wear and tear. The collection is very fragile and vulnerable to light, so we aren’t able to display it as often as we’d like. It is the late 19th century trousseau of Edith Williams of Pencalenick. She married Reverend Sidney Cooper on 9th January 1890. Being a clergyman, he lived in a different social position, which might account for why she rarely wore the fashionable and expensive clothes. Their letters and 11 children indicate that they had a happy life. The trousseau passed down to her grandson until he kindly donated it to the museum. We are really pleased that this project has given us the opportunity to show this beautiful collection of fine gowns, day dresses and shoes.’

Four different historic military jackets in their 3d digitised form. All from the costume collection at Bodmin Keep

Digitised 3D models of the costume collection at Bodmin Keep

By bringing historic costume collections to life, the 3D models will make an attractive product for inclusion in digital products. The scans could be developed into military uniforms for a First World War animation, character costumes in a video game, or inspiration in a fashion designer’s studio. Such industries are becoming increasingly concerned with authenticity; for example, Alexander McQueen’s 2020 autumn/winter collection was inspired by the collections and buildings at St Fagan’s National Museum of Welsh History.

Katie Herbert, Curator at Penlee House Gallery & Museum says, “Penlee House Gallery & Museum were thrilled to take part in this project as we have a wonderful collection of Crysede hand block printed silk and linen garments from the 1920s/30s. We don’t have much display space for costume within the museum so being able to have 3D photography of the garments means that we can offer far greater public access to the collection. The collection is extremely popular with fashion and textile students and being able to exhibit them online will provide an invaluable research tool.”

We are incredibly excited about this unique opportunity to create new 3D assets with museums and explore further opportunities to develop sustainable income streams. Beyond the financial and collections impact, successful commercial partnerships offer exciting potential to showcase Cornwall’s museums internationally. If a company with a popular game, film or product incorporates one of our scans this could catapult the museum collection into pop culture in a limitless way.


 

For further information contact:

Charlotte Morgan, CMP Collaborative Programmes Manager

charlotte@cornwallmuseumspartnership.org.uk

 

About CMP:

Cornwall Museums Partnership is an independent charitable incorporated organisation, formed in 2015 to provide leadership for Cornwall’s 70 museums; to support them, represent them and give them a voice. We are a sector-leading charity which is not afraid to think differently. Our values of collaboration, inclusivity and innovation inform everything we do.

Our ambition is to be recognised nationally and internationally as a pioneering model of collaborative leadership which promotes innovation and resilience in the museums’ sector and beyond. We want to shift the dial in terms of the impact and value museums create. By working in partnership with museums, we want to help them to use their collections effectively to foster happy, healthy and prosperous communities where heritage is valued and celebrated.

Cornwall Museums Partnership, Studio 101, Krowji, Redruth, Cornwall, TR15 3GE

 

About Art Fund:

Art Fund is the national fundraising charity for art. It provides millions of pounds every year to help museums to acquire and share works of art across the UK, further the professional development of their curators, and inspire more people to visit and enjoy their public programmes. In response to Covid-19 Art Fund has made £2 million in adapted funding available to support museums through reopening and beyond, including Respond and Reimagine grants to help meet immediate need and reimagine future ways of working.

Art Fund is independently funded, supported by the 159,000 members who buy the National Art Pass, who enjoy free entry to over 240 museums, galleries and historic places, 50% off major exhibitions, and receive Art Quarterly magazine. Art Fund also supports museums through its annual prize, Art Fund Museum of the Year. In a unique edition of the prize for 2020, Art Fund responded to the unprecedented challenges that all museums are facing by selecting five winners and increasing the prize money to £200,000. The winners are Aberdeen Art Gallery; Gairloch Museum; Science Museum; South London Gallery; and Towner Eastbourne.

 

Penlee House Gallery & Museum:

Penlee House Gallery & Museum, owned and operated by Penzance Council, is an award-winning gallery presenting a year-round programme of changing exhibitions featuring the art of West Cornwall from c.1880 to c.1940. The majority of exhibitions focus on the world famous ‘Newlyn School’ and Lamorna artists such as Stanhope and Elizabeth Forbes, Walter Langley, Harold Harvey, Lamorna Birch and Laura Knight. Penlee House also features the archaeology and social history of the area including Crysede fabrics and Newlyn Copper. Set within an elegant Victorian house and park, the building is fully accessible and has an excellent café and shop.

Visit www.penleehouse.org.uk or call 01736 363625 for details.

 

Royal Cornwall Museum:

At the very heart of Cornwall and its cultural life, the Royal Cornwall Museum is a centre of exploration and learning. Using our eclectic collections of Cornish culture, art, antiquities, science, minerals and natural history we take people on a journey from Cornwall deep into the ground, up into the sky, around the world and way back in time, and we use our collections to help our communities look forward together.

We aim to provide a welcoming, dynamic, and lively cultural hub centred around our collections. We are a charity that does not receive regular funding. Public support through donations and visitor income is vital to our success. We are grateful for the support provided by grants from Arts Council England through Cornwall Museums Partnership, Cornwall Council and the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

https://www.royalcornwallmuseum.org.uk/

 

Bodmin Keep:

Bodmin Keep is the historic home of the Army in Cornwall. Home to the collections of the Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry (DCLI) and the Light Infantry, the historic depot of the DCLI houses collections from 1702 to 2007. From uniforms to weapons, and medals to memorabilia, the collection offers a glimpse into the lives of the soldiers and their families, the places they visited and the campaigns in which they fought. As an independent registered charity, we rely on income from visitors, donations and grants to continue to grow and thrive in to the future. The support of our funders including the Arts Council and National Heritage Lottery Fund is invaluable to the work we do, presenting our soldiers’ pasts for our future.

https://bodminkeep.org/

 

You can view this press release as a PDF here: Beyond-Digitisation-Art-Fund-PR

 

A Day in the Life: Magali Guastalegnanne, wAVE Digital Marketing Intern

Welcome to our blog series, ‘A Day in the Life…’ which features a member of the CMP team and what they get up to on a typical day at work. 

Next up is Magali Guastalegnanne, Digital Marketing Intern on the wAVE Project. Read on for more about how Magali spends her time at Cornwall Museums Partnership.

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As the Digital Marketing Intern for the wAVE project (which you can find out more about on this webpage) there are two things my day normally starts with: checking messages/emails and social media. Social media is a very big part of what I do, and even just over the two months that I’ve been here it’s been a real joy to watch it grow and develop. Typically, I will first spend some time seeing how posts from the previous day have been received and checking what’s happening on all the platforms.

I run two social media accounts, the first is an Instagram account for Coastal Timetripping (the public facing name for wAVE). Coastal Timetripping is a really interesting project where 5 different museums are launching immersive technology experiences in their area. These location-specific adventures allow travellers to ‘move through time’, experiencing Cornwall’s dramatic and vivid past in our advanced modern day. It’s been really exciting to work on and I can’t wait to see it launch this Spring. I’ve especially enjoyed working with all the beautiful pictures that were taken last year for the Instagram account, and researching information about the locations to share. Recently, I’ve also begun working on stories for the account which has been a bit experimental and quite fun to do.

The second account I run is a Twitter account for the Museums Immersive Network (MIN). The network is an off shoot of the wAVE project that was created in partnership with XpoNorth to build bridges between tech businesses, museums, and heritage sites. Immersive technology includes technology such as virtual and augmented reality, holograms, chatbots, AI, facial recognition and lots more in this rapidly developing field. A big part of this is going through Twitter and keeping up with what is happening in the heritage and immersive tech sector, in particular anything that involves both.

A collection of small cardboard boxes each bearing colourful designs.

Magali’s Fun Palace crafting sessions

I started working with CMP at the beginning of January, which means a typical working day for me is in my bedroom. However, despite this I have come to know the staff at CMP quite well thanks to the regular catch ups as well as the posts and chats. Recently, we even did a Random Act of Kindness week where everyone was matched up with a different person to do an anonymous act of kindness for. These varied from gifts sets and anonymously sent packages, to research for home décor. I particularly enjoy the weekly arts and crafts sessions that we do, it encourages me to keep up with a creative hobby and it’s also great fun to see what everyone is making.

I also work on blog posts for the CMP website about wAVE and MIN, as well as blog posts for the official Coastal Timetripping website. The Coastal Timetripping blog posts usually look at what people can do in the coastal communities where the immersive experiences are, for instance walks in the area, nearby attractions that are worth a visit etc. Occasionally, I also respond to enquiries sent via the website and through the MIN Twitter asking for information or proposing collaborations. Typically, around 3.00-4.00 pm I take a break to walk the dog and get some exercise. It’s good to have some fresh air and a bit of a break at this time in the day, I find it makes it easier to concentrate when I get back.

A golden Labrador looks up at the camera.

After this it’s a few more hours of work and then the end of the day! Occasionally I also have meetings or email exchanges with the museums, marketing company and other wAVE partners such as Falmouth University who developed the immersive tech experiences. These are usually a good chance to catch-up on what both sides have been doing, discuss anything that needs our collective input and what we’re planning to do moving forwards. Though some days there are just one or two meetings, others are considerably more manic. I’ve had a fantastic time working for CMP, I’m close to halfway through my internship now and I’m looking forward to the rest of it (especially if we can go back to offices and be able to meet face to face)!

 

– Magali Guastalegnanne, wAVE Digital Marketing Intern

Magali works Mondays to Fridays and can be contacted at magali@cornwallmuseumspartnership.org.uk.

Learning Facilitator (Arts) at PK Porthcurno

Are you a family friendly person with experience in delivering exciting and creative things to do?
Casual position – £15.86 per hour

PK Porthcurno are looking for a Learning Facilitator (Arts) to facilitate their holiday things to do and community group visits. You will be the main point of contact for our Cable Stitchers volunteers’ group and support the development of museum resources and playful interventions.

For more information please download the full job description: Learning Facilitator (Arts) 2021 – JD

To apply please email your CV, a covering letter which addresses the criteria as set out in the job description, and completed Equal Opportunities (the completion of this form is voluntary) and Personal Details Forms (below) to: info@pkporthcurno.com

Please quote job ref: LFA2021 in the email subject header

Closing date for applications: Midnight on Monday 19th April

Interviews: Tuesday 27th April in Porthcurno or via MS Teams.

PK Porthcurno Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form VC21

PK Porthcurno Personal Details Form 2021

Coastal Timetripping: the Smuggling History of Looe Island Explored

In this guest blog written by Petra Stephenson of Looe Old Guildhall Museum and Gaol we delve into the fascinating smuggling history of Looe Island and the historical research uncovered in preparation for the new Coastal Timetripping immersive experience launching when museums reopen this Spring…

The Old Guildhall Museum and Gaol in Looe has been busy in lockdown developing an augmented reality experience as part of the CMP wAVE Project. This experience follows the imagined journey of a monk and a pilgrim on Looe Island, once home to a Benedictine chapel built in 1139. Visitors will use tablets to hover over a 3D wooden map of the island and activate projected scenes from the story. They can choose characters to talk to as they find out more about the monks who lived on the island, whilst collecting ingredients to create a tincture for a fellow sea-sick pilgrim.

A cloudy sky 'The wAVE Project (AVE = Augmented and Virtual Experiences)'.

But as well as the Looe Island model, the museum was also able to commission an Immersive Exhibition Cabinet telling the stories of smuggling and asking whether it was ‘Right or Wrong’, as well as showing a timeline of Looe Island and how the sea levels are changing. The members of our team working on the wAVE project recruited PLB, an exhibition design agency to build this; we have been delighted with their design and creative detail and the team has been involved in a lot of research for this project.

 

Looe Island’s Smuggling History

The history of Looe Island, especially the smuggling aspect, has always fascinated our visitors. Many legends have grown up around smuggling and one of the most fearsome stories is that of the last smugglers to live on the island – Amram Hooper and his sister Jochabed. Jochabed behaved in a manner expected of a man of her time rather than a young woman, she could row a boat, smoked and swore, and would even use her fists to great advantage when the occasion required. She wore a man’s hat, a blue knit frock and sea boots; her skirt was always rolled up and fastened above her knees and even the Revenue Officers did not care to come to close quarters with her!

The famous painting in Looe’s Guildhall, ‘Arrest of the Smuggler in East Looe, 1820’, painted by John Robertson Reid is said to show Amram Hooper and Jochabed, and in the background there is a mysterious dark figure watching. It is thought this could be Joan Finn, another famous Looe smuggler.

A luscious green garden with purple flowers and ferns leads up to an old white cottage with a blue door, set amongst a leafy forest.

Smugglers’ Cottage, Looe Island

A painting ‘Arrest of the Smuggler in East Looe, 1820’ by John Robertson Reid. Showing Amram Hooper and Jochabed, and in the background there is a mysterious dark figure watching who could be Joan Finn, another famous Looe smuggler.

‘Arrest of the Smuggler in East Looe, 1820’ – Looe Old Guildhall Museum & Gaol Collection

One of the best sources for details of smuggling activities in the area is the work of Commander H.N. Shore, later Lord Teignmouth. One particularly relevant account published in 1899 was an interview with an elderly former smuggler calling himself William Penaluna. His stories cover the 1830s in particular and feature a vessel called the ‘Daniel & William’, which plied her free trade between Guernsey, Roscoff and the Cornish coast, and actually mentions Looe Island. In his account, Amram Hooper and his daughter Tilda were said to have had 300 tubs dropped on Looe Island, which were hidden in secret hideaways known only to the family, and that it was three months before the goods could be distributed.

Another of our ‘Right and Wrong’ stories is about Thomas Fletcher, an Irishman who came to Looe as a coastguard in the 1830s. He married a local woman, raised a large family and then left the coastguard service to join Amram Hooper’s organisation. Here he used his in-depth knowledge of the coastguards to plan out his smuggling activities. He was given a walking funeral to his last resting place in Sclerder Abbey above Talland Bay.

A black and white engraved portrait of an elderly, bearded man in fisherman's garb

Thomas Fletcher

Two dark caves set in the cliff rocks on the Cornish coast near Looe.

Looe’s smuggling caves

One of our highlights of 2021 so far was the opportunity for five of the museum volunteers to record the voices for our ‘Right and Wrong’ characters, and the scripts provided by Rob Sherman were a joy to read. We hope that once the museum re-opens these will show our visitors how smuggling provided an ethical dilemma for many.

Four people sit (socially distanced) on benches in an old wooden room, behind them a tapestry and various manuscripts propped up.

The Looe team researching the history needed for our smuggling project

The history of Looe Island itself dates back to prehistoric times and there have been many owners, including the Trelawny family. Sir Jonathan Trelawny was Bishop of Bristol, Exeter and Winchester, one of the Seven Bishops tried under James II in 1628, and the hero of the Cornish ballad ‘The Song of the Western Men’ known for the refrain ‘and shall Trelawny die’ written by R.S. Hawker.

In 1964 two sisters, Evelyn ‘Attie’ and Rosalyn ‘Babs’ Atkins, fulfilled their dream of living on an island by purchasing Looe Island, and then bequeathed it to the Cornish Wildlife Trust after they died. This nature reserve is now an important part of modern Looe, and their vision and hard work will always be remembered.

An aged photograph of two women sat at the back of a boat with a dog between them. Behind them is a sunny Cornish coastal view.

Babs and Evelyn Atkins

In February 2021 the museum were saddened to hear of the death of Barbara Birchwood-Harper, a former Curator at the museum, who had carried out so much research into the history of Looe, especially the smuggling that took place on the island. A plaque on our new Exhibition Cabinet will honour her memory and the importance of her research.

 

Petra Stephenson, Looe Old Guildhall Museum and Gaol

You can find out more about the new Coastal Timetripping immersive experiences at five Cornish museums on the wAVE Project webpage or the Coastal Timetripping website. We hope these experiences will be able to open to visitors in the Spring of 2021.

10 Things we Did to Put Sustainability at the Heart of Our Work

Last year, as we completed our 2021-2026 Business Plan, we wanted to review every aspect of the charity’s activity in the context of the climate emergency. But the more research we did, the more complicated it became. Every toolkit seemed to be pages and pages long and the multitude of regional, national and international networks impossible to keep up with.  

Some of the team had attended an event called the Business Case for Sustainability run by Tevi back in December 2019. They heard from Mark Roberts at Conscious Creatives and his approach had struck a chordWorking for a values-led charity, they liked his focus on organisational values and how to align these interactions with global sustainability best practice. We decided to get in touchWe took advice from Mark at key points in the process of reviewing our business plan.  

A wooden placard bearing a black poster with a painting of the globe on it reading 'ONE WORLD'.

Here are the 10 things we did to put sustainability at the heart of all our work: 

1. We started with our values and purpose. We looked at our strengths and our assets. We reflected on the needs of our stakeholders and considered sustainability in the context of all of these things, so that our commitment to positive outcomes for people and planet would feel totally aligned with our core work.

2. We looked for a framework that would help us to be part of a broader movement, we used the UN Global Goals to provide the structure for our new business plan. We identified which of the goals most closely aligned with our values, purpose and strengths and identified 10 of the 17 which we would focus on (possibly too many – we’ll review this over the next 12 months to see if a tighter focus on fewer goals would be more impactful).A graphic showing 18 different coloured squares in 3 rows. At the top is the United Nations Logo and 'Sustainable Development GOALS'. Each square contains a different icon e.g. a book or bowl of food relating to the goal it represents.

3. We completed an audit using the B Impact Assessment tool. We used this tool because we wanted to look at more than just our carbon footprint – we wanted to understand our impact on our employees, community, environment and network. Although it’s designed for private, as a charity we were still able to draw some useful conclusions from it.

4. With help from Conscious Creatives we captured baseline data on our existing carbon footprint.

5. Using the results of the B Impact Assessment and the carbon footprint baseline we were able to establish annual sustainability targets, now part of our business plan and tracked by our board at every board meeting.

6.We connected with the Carbon Neutral team at Cornwall Council, who presented their action plan to the whole team and have continued to advise and support us. 

A Powerpoint Slide labelled 'Cornwall Council' and titled 'Complication and Complexity; Decision Making'. The image is of a doughnut graph showing the need for a balance of ecological and social changes to address the climate crisis.

An excerpt from a presentation delivered to the CMP team by Peter Lefort, Carbon Neutral Cornwall Sector and Partnerships Lead at Cornwall Council

7. We consulted with our stakeholders to understand their needs and what they already valued about us. This helped us to develop a plan with their needs in mind. Aligning with our stakeholders needs will help us maximise our impact.  

8. We looked at our theory of change and what makes us specialThis led us to focus on the opportunities to make positive change within the core activities we already offer.

9. We are reviewing our Procurement Policy to ensure the products and services we buy are sourced and managed with sustainability principles in mind. We’re excited about the growing B Local community in Cornwall and what this means for our ability to work with liked minded companies. 

10. And all team members are in the process of completing their individual objectives to ensure that sustainability is part of every role. 

We’re not doing everything all at once. We are on path to be carbon zero by 2030 and we still have plenty to learn. But it feels good to have developed an approach that fits. 

If you work for a charity or cultural organization, we’d love to learn about your approach too.  

 

Emmie Kell, CMP CEO

Emmie works Monday to Friday and can be contacted at emmie@cornwallmuseumspartnership.org.uk.

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The wAVE Impact Report: a Report on Immersive Technology Developed for Cornish Museums

The wAVE Project recently released their 2021 Impact Report, an in-depth report covering its partners, case studies, achievements and objectives for the future. The wAVE (AVE = Augmented and Virtual Experiences) Project is funded by the Coastal Communities Fund and has been developed by Cornwall Museums Partnership alongside Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership and Falmouth University. The project is designed to develop new immersive reality experiences within the five participating communities of Bude, Looe, St Agnes, Porthcurno and the Isles of Scilly to support digital innovation and economic diversification and benefit the local economy. This interactive document, created by Ellie Smith the wAVE Digital Project Administrator Apprentice, has been designed to give an in-depth and engaging overview of the project for those interested in it’s development and impact, and can be viewed here.

A young woman in a brown shirt stands to the right of the image and wears a black VR headset.

 

The project’s public-facing name is Coastal Timetripping, which promotes the five immersive experiences and the coastal communities they are based in. wAVE is the internal name of the project and covers much more than just the immersive experiences. wAVE includes the various other smaller initiatives that have developed from the project, which the Impact Report goes into detail about – for instance the public tech introduction sessions, which are an important part of wAVE ’s aim to support digital innovation and improve skills in this sector in Cornwall. These sessions covered topics such as build a chatbot, AI and ethics, inclusive immersive, immersive marketing and 3D tours. Hannah Erwin, Visitor, Events and Marketing manager at Bodmin & Wenford Railway, said:

“It’s been great to discover how cutting-edge tech and digital can work for even a small organisation like ours. I also love the interactive, hands-on sessions, with practical tools and methods you can take way and use immediately”

The Impact report also includes the Museums Immersive Network (MIN), which started as an offshoot from wAVE but which CMP now intends to continue after the end of the project. MIN is an opportunity for both tech and museum experts to network and further realise the potential of immersive technology within the sector. MIN has organised two very successful online conferences with international attendance on museums and the use of immersive technology. Alongside MIN’s bi-annual webinars, it also hosts a series of podcasts called ‘Immersively, Museums’. For further information you can see our webpage on MIN here; follow MIN on Twitter or watch the January 2021 MIN webinar ‘Futureproofing Museums for a Post-Covid World: The Potential of Immersive Tech’ on the CMP YouTube Channel here. There is also a fortnightly newsletter with information about the project’s work, as well as the sector in general, which you can sign up to here.

A group of 4 people sit around a table on which sits some immersive technology. A fifth man kneels at the end of the table and is demonstrating how the technology works.

 

Regarding the immersive experiences, the Impact Report additionally has input from the museums involved in the project and their experiences of developing the immersive experiences and the training that is run alongside it. There are 5 museums involved: The Museum of Global Communications PK Porthcurno, Isles of Scilly Museum, St Agnes Museum, The Bude Castle Heritage Centre and Looe Old Guildhall Museum and Gaol. These museums have continued working alongside CMP even during the lockdown, Petra Stephenson from Looe Old Guidhall Museum and Gaol stated that for their volunteers ‘this has given them an essential focus in their lives’, and further commented:

“Our Trustees have been very impressed by how the whole project has given a newfound confidence to many of our volunteers… most importantly the whole project has given the museum a new vision and the ability to share new stories in a very innovative way.”

A woman dressed in black sits in a red chair and looks around her wearing a grey VR headset.

 

Finally, the report also covers the future goals and priorities of the wAVE project, based on previous learnings and projections for the future. This includes the Museums Immersive Network but also other projects such as ‘New Ways of Navigating Audio Archives’ which we hope to provide more information on in the coming months.

 

– Magali Guastalegnanne, wAVE Digital Marketing Intern

 

You can also find out more on the Coastal Timetripping website.

A Day in the Life: Amy Shakespeare, Innovation Manager

Welcome to our blog series, ‘A Day in the Life…’ which features a member of the CMP team and what they get up to on a typical day at work. 

Next up is Amy Shakespeare, Innovation Manager. Read on for more about how Amy spends her time at Cornwall Museums Partnership.

Two women (Amy left; Ellie right) in bright pink waterproofs take a selfie; behind them is a sunny coastal landscape in Cornwall.

 

I joined the CMP team in early 2018 as the Marketing and Impact Officer. Since then, I’ve been the Project Manager for our Heritage Awards, then the wAVE Project, and now I’m the Innovation Manager. It’s very difficult to write about a ‘typical day’ in my role, not only because the past year has been anything but typical, but also because I don’t think any role in the museums and heritage sector has a typical day! However, here I go…

In my role as Innovation Manager, I act as the head of the Research and Development for the charity. This involves collaborating with tech businesses, universities and museums on projects that look for innovative ways to improve all aspects of museum practice – from interpretation to evaluation. This mainly centres around CMP’s aim to maximise the use of technology in museums, and to lead from the edge with projects that create positive social change.

A young blonde woman (Amy) stands in a room and looks around whilst wearing a black VR headset.

 

My typical day will involve a lot of meetings and conversations with potential collaborators, current project partners, and other members of the CMP team. I might be on a visit to a museum (pre-lockdown), running a webinar, or a focus group. I am project managing the wAVE Project, a project in partnership with the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership and Falmouth University, funded by the Coastal Communities Fund. wAVE is an £800,000 investment in immersive technology in Cornwall – creating five immersive experiences in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. We’re in the final stretch of the project now, so I am largely managing budgets, reporting, and supporting the museums to get ready for their launches and the legacy of the project. I’m also managing a project exploring the use of smart speakers to enable people to more easily access museums’ audio archives, funded by the Museums Association’s Esmee Fairbairn Collections Fund and The Space.

Aside from project management, I spend a lot of time keeping up-to-date with the latest developments in immersive technology and the museum sector, supporting other members of the CMP team to develop innovative solutions to museum challenges, and establishing and maintaining relationships with tech businesses and Higher Education Institutions. From these conversations, I work up project proposals and funding bids with Charlotte, our Collaborative Programmes Manager, to enable these ideas to become reality!

A large group of people stand and crouch around a large sculpture of the letter D (taken at a Bletchley Park research trip).

 

A real highlight of mine this past year has been establishing the Museums Immersive Network. I realised I was being asked to a lot of discussions and roundtables about the use of immersive technology in museums, but there wasn’t somewhere for all of these conversations to happen and be captured in one place. We ran the first conference in June 2020 with 100 attendees, and by the second conference in January 2021 it had grown to over 300 attendees from all over the world. We also launched the podcast ‘Immersively, Museums’ where we discuss some of the commonly asked questions about museums utilizing this technology. I’m looking forward to growing the network, facilitating international collaborations, and improving the sector’s confidence in working with immersive.

Four people on the wAVE project team (two women and two men) all wearing masks and sunglasses, sit on wooden benches on a boat - taken on a research trip to the Isles of Scilly.

 

I’m really excited for the wAVE immersive experiences to launch at Bude, Porthcurno, Isles of Scilly, Looe, and St Agnes – hopefully at some point in Spring this year, after being delayed due to the ongoing pandemic. All of the partners have worked really hard to create some brilliant apps, Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality experiences which will bring some of the museums’ brilliant stories to life.

And now you might see why I struggled to describe a typical day!

 

– Amy Shakespeare, Innovation Manager

Amy works Monday to Friday and can be contacted at amy@cornwallmuseumspartnership.org.uk.