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Through a lockdown lens: PPE

If I’m honest, PPE, or Personal Protective Equipment isn’t something I ever really thought about until the pandemic found its way into our lives. The gas mask is a kind of PPE, but I always found gas masks quite eerie, so I tended to rush past them in the museum. This was not helped by

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Through a lockdown lens: Baking

The image above shows a bag of flour that can be found on one of the top shelves of the 1950s shop, and of course it made me think about the current situation in lockdown. Hands up if you experienced, or still are experiencing, shelves empty of flour? It’s reminiscent of the toilet roll aisle

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Through a Lockdown Lens: Toilet Paper

Perhaps one of the signs that the pandemic was coming our way, well before we’d experienced lockdown, was the national crisis over toilet rolls. Not only was there ‘panic on the streets of London, panic on the streets of Birmingham’ (lyrics by the band, The Smiths), but there was panic in Helston too. Loo rolls

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Through a Lockdown Lens

As part of the response to mitigate the effects of the pandemic, in March 2020 the museum closed its doors to the public. It also closed its doors to its volunteer force too. Staff have been working away, sometimes at home and sometimes in Helston, making sure the collections are safe and that the museum

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Secrets of the Art Store

The Museum of Cornish Life holds an extensive collection of artwork ranging from intricate cross stitch embroidery to 19th century portraits. As the museum’s Curatorial Intern, one of my main projects involves photographing each piece in the art store and adding newly discovered information to our collections database. The aim of this project is to