Dates: 3rd May – 1st June 2019
‘I was, I am, I will be’, a new mental health exhibition and series of workshops, talks and projects for adults, children and young people.
Histories. Futures. Strength. Recovery.
Click here for the ‘I was, I am, I will be’ Events Schedule and information on Mental Health Awareness Week 13-19th May 2019.
Our collection reflects the everyday experience of Cornish people particularly throughout the 18th – 20th centuries. During May, we are asking our visitors to look at our collection through the lens of mental health.
The new trail ‘Our Collection Re-Viewed’ places nine objects and displays in the spotlight to help reveal the hidden stories connected to the objects, paper and photographic items held within the museum. We are hosting historical exhibits from Kresen Kernow and exploring the present with an exhibition displaying work created by people wishing to improve their mental well-being. Visitors can listen to audio stories reflecting on people’s life experiences and memories, try out mindfulness activities and take a quiet moment in our “well-being cocoon”. To look forward, we are welcoming the EPIC companion robots from Plymouth University and learning how apps and the virtual world can assist and help people maintain good mental health in the future.
Annette MacTavish, Director of Museum of Cornish Life, said:
“Here at the museum we reflect all aspects of Cornish life. Mental health is a key part of everybody’s experience. We are delighted to be working with our partners to launch our first exhibition exploring this subject. We want to get people talking and help reduce the stigma and taboo surrounding mental health.”
The project was initiated by Portheden, a dedicated mental health social enterprise that builds capacity for all on issues concerning mental health.
Other partners for this exhibition are:
- Joining Dots – Set up by Clare Bradburn, speech therapist to provide creative communication strategies to enable people to connect with one another, whatever their communication abilities.
- Quiet Connections – A specialist Partner on the Positive People programme in Cornwall. Creating a community of understanding and a safe place to make friends, practice social abilities and grow confidence.
- Kresen Kernow – Funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and Cornwall Council, Kresen Kernow will provide a bespoke building, excellent digital facilities, dynamic volunteering opportunities and a diverse range of events, exhibitions and activities, which will improve access and attract wider audiences to celebrate and share in Cornwall’s rich and distinct history.