University College Falmouth community photography project
unites history with the future
students from University College Falmouth's BA (Hons)
Photography course have joined forces with The National Trust
to help facilitate a photography project for local schoolchildren
at its Cornish Mines and Engines site in Pool.
From 3 to 5 May, 90 pupils between the ages of eight and
eleven from St John's School, Treloweth School and Pennoweth
School were given the opportunity to learn camera techniques,
take photographs of the historic property and develop their
images for an exhibition to be held at the end of the month.
The College's photography students provided participants
with an insight into the history of photographic equipment
through the use of pinhole cameras, as well as demonstrating
the latest digital technology and imaging software.
Cornish Mines and Engines is a visually dramatic reminder
of Cornwall's rich mining heritage. With a 90 inch beam
engine and expertly preserved engine houses, it provided a
fascinating environment in which to explore the art of photography.
"This is an invaluable opportunity for The National
Trust to partner with University College Falmouth and local
schools," says National Trust South West Learning
Officer, Laura Martin. "The project offered students
the chance to enhance their communication skills further;
the chance for the children to learn about photographic techniques
in a unique setting; and the chance for the National Trust
to share a location which is an important historical landmark
in the county.
"As well as enjoying the experience – from
working on project briefs, undertaking site visits, and transforming
a workshop into a darkroom – students have also gained
valuable presentation, time management and organisational
skills, which will stand them in good stead for the future,"
adds Senior BA(Hons) Photography Lecturer, Steven Tynan. "It
is also very important for us to connect with our community
and we very much appreciate the support of the schools involved
and the National Trust in helping us to make that a reality."
The project was funded by University College Falmouth, the
National Trust, The Cornwall Association and The Tanner Trust.
Technical assistance was provided by University College Falmouth's
David Mann and Tony Mann.
After a private view for the participants, parents and teachers
at University College Falmouth's Design Centre at Tremough,
the exhibition will then be relocated to Cornish Mines and
Engines for the viewing public to enjoy from 31 May to 11
For further information about BA (Hons) Photography at University
College Falmouth, please contact Admissions on 01326 211077,
or visit www.falmouth.ac.uk/photography.
For further information about Cornish Mines & Engines,
please visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk
or contact Jane Affleck on 01209 315027.
For further information please contact Jilly Easterby at
University College Falmouth on 01326 211077 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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