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WW2 – A Cornish Story: Prisoners of War

During the war, Cornwall hosted many thousands of visitors of many kinds, from child evacuees escaping the Blitz on London, to American G.I.s who were training and preparing for their role in the liberation of Europe. We very often don’t consider another group of people who came to Cornwall, initially, against their will. They lived

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Reboot Cornwall: Experience Culture from the Edge

As we reopen to the public, we are proud to be part of Reboot Cornwall, a new initiative from Cornwall Museums Partnership designed to celebrate the bold, creative and forward-thinking nature of the region’s 70+ museums. The initiative invites you back to experience Cornish culture and history in a whole new way, through a range of tech-driven experiences,

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WW2 – A Cornish Story: Flora Day

This memory of Flora Day in 1945, which was also VE Day was deposited in the museum by Margaret Powell: “My mother, Barbara Napier Hemy was born and brought up in Falmouth. When she married Adrian Gilbert Scott she lived in London. I am the third child of a family of 4 and holidays were

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Flora Day 2021: Children’s Pack

Once again Helston will be quiet on Flora Day and all those excited to take part in the Children’s Dance will have to wait one more year. We wanted to create a moment of shared fun and celebration for all those children at St Michaels Cof E Primary School, Nansloe Academy and Parc Eglos School

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WW2 – A Cornish Story: The Heinkel and Flora…

Its early May, and the Museum of Cornish Life is marking Flora Day. On this day, Helston normally comes ablaze with flowers and greenery adorning doorways and roadsides, along with multicoloured bunting hanging in the streets. Men, women and children dress in their finest and there is dancing in public areas. Unfortunately, this year these

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Clothing in WW2: CC41 and the Utility Clothing Scheme

We have been exploring the theme of Disrupted Lives as part of the Museum of Cornish Life’s work with the Imperial War Museums ‘Second World War and Holocaust Partnership Programme’. This project has involved researching archival documents, oral testimonies and collecting local memories to explore how a global event affected everyday life for people living