The Nature Photography Project with children from Mousehole School
In March of 2020 children from Lugger and Schooner classes at Mousehole School spent a morning out on Sancreed Beacon and in Tony’s Wood to explore these through photography, as part of our Seeing the Landscape project. These areas were chosen because they combined a variety of beautiful habitats with Bronze Age burial mounds and more recent mining heritage. After an introductory talk from our Ancient Penwith Project Officer, Laura Ratcliffe-Warren, and Digital and Communications Officer Katie Giles, the children were provided with cameras and told they could photograph whatever they liked and / or interested them, and that we would then exhibit a picture chosen by them – allowing everyone to see the landscape through their eyes. (Image on this page is by Ellis Parsons, age 8).
The project was delayed by lockdown, but each child has now chosen the picture they most want to share with the public and explained in their own words why this picture is important to them. Some of the children have also chosen to take this opportunity to tell our visitors attending the G7 summit what they hope can be done to help the natural world. The children's images were placed on display in the Solomon Browne Memorial Hall between 7th and 17th June, and we very much hope to display them in other venues in the future too - watch this space for more information.
We are also delighted to share the children's favourite images and words with you in our online gallery - access it by clicking the button below.
The Project was a collaboration between:
Penwith Landscape Partnership supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund
The Solomon Browne Memorial Hall
A massive thank you to Lynne Jones OBE for suggesting this project, and the Rights and Opportunities Foundation for helping to fund the exhibition at the Solomon Browne Memorial Hall.