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Smiling in the War – a poem by Molly Heartwood

Smiling in the War   London, East end, 1916. I became a Red Cross nurse two weeks after the war started. It was hard work, long hours and emotionally draining. The hospitals were full of wounded soldiers. Night shifts were the worst; all of the men with shell shock cried out in their dreams, speaking […]

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Heritage: a poem by Alan Murton

Alan Murton, born in Truro, Cornwall, leads a local creative writing group and attended a poetry workshop led by local author Jenny Alexander at Heart of Conflict, our exhibition on World War One.  He was inspired by this photograph of three fishermen who went back to sea during the war years due to a shortage of younger […]

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Free poetry workshop

What a wonderful way to spend a Saturday afternoon…. Acclaimed local author Jenny Alexander offered a unique two-hour session at the Royal Cornwall Museum, Truro, looking at the searing stories of sacrifice, love and loss presented in our ‘Heart of Conflict’ exhibition.  People created their personal responses to the wartime experiences of the people of Cornwall, through […]

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William Gendall Jenkin: Cornish miner who died on the Western Front

It was great to see so  many people at the lunchtime talk in June by Juliet Jenkin on William Gendall Jenkin (part of the series running during our World War One exhibition, Heart of Conflict , at the Royal Cornwall Museum. William, a miner, who signed up in Camborne and died on the Western Front with many […]

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Creating a legacy: short story writing workshop in Cornwall

A thoughtful Tuesday morning in Truro, Cornwall… As part of Heart of Conflict, our exhibition at the Royal Cornwall Museum on Cornwall during World War One, we ran a short story workshop for complete beginners as well more experienced writers. The session – inspired by stories featured in the exhibition – will result in some […]

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Creating costumes from historical pictures: photogallery

Photos from a presentation by historical costume expert Lorna Kinsey-Jones at the Royal Cornwall Museum, Truro, earlier this month. Lorna created the fabulous nurse’s uniform and Land Army smock which are currently on display at Heart of Conflict, our exhibition on Cornwall during World War One. Sarah Lloyd-Durrant,  who worked on the digitalisation of the museum’s collection […]

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