Top BBC presenter discovers Camborne war hero ancestor

A top BBC presenter has discovered that he has an unexpected direct family link to Camborne and that local World War One hero Dr William Blackwood was his great grandfather. BBC Radio 3 presenter Petroc Trelawny grew up near Helston and attended Helston School. He is the face of the BBC Proms and currently presents […]

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J V Thomas – Camborne

It’s two years now since the centenary of the end of World War One. But our research on uncovering local stories continues. J.V. Thomas is the latest soldier to be profiled on our our dedicated website Heart of Conflict. John Vandersluys Thomas (known as J. V.) played rugby for Camborne before the war but was […]

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I PACKED THIS MYSELF

Our project I PACKED THIS MYSELF looks at journeys and migration. It’s aimed at breaking down prejudice and increasing understanding of the thousands of workers from overseas in this country who play a vital role in local economies. It makes the vital point: anyone might have to leave home to find work. In Cornwall, people […]

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History of Crowan Church windows

During the months of the COVID-19 pandemic we’ve been putting together a blog about the stained glass windows at St Crewenna’s Church, Crowan, Cornwall. Each has a powerful story involving local people and their lives: their themes resonate today.  Some of the people who created – and who are remembered –  in these windows are […]

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I PACKED THIS MYSELF – workshops

We’re continuing our workshops on the workers from overseas who play a vital role in the Cornish economy. The aim is to highlight the role that they play and the issues they might face when making the huge life decision to leave home and create a life elsewhere. Most recently we Zoomed in to Mousehole […]

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Laying a wreath on Dr William Blackwood’s grave

Remembrance Sunday 2020 click here to watch: Laying a wreath on the grave of Dr William Blackwood in Camborne – a World War One hero by anyone’s standards. In 1914 Dr Blackwood led a group of local miners out to the Western Front. They served throughout the war in the 25th Field Ambulance (Royal Army […]

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