Storylines and Sennen School Project

Storylines and Sennen School Project

PK Porthcurno collaborates with Storylines and Sennen School on Kemeneth off-shoot project.

Inspired by the uniformed Messenger Boys, who delivered telegrams by bicycle or foot, children will become ‘Messengers,’ sharing their own stories and collecting stories from their families and friends. Children from years 2, 3 and 4 at Sennen School, will explore themes such as belonging, kindness, community, communication and connection.  They will also learn about the local history of the cables that travelled around the world from Porthcurno and Sennen.

PK Porthcurno has provided some objects from the collection to inspire the children. These include:

  • A cable sample from before 1950 with the gutta percha waterproofing layer.
  • Laminate image of gutta percha plant.
  • A fibre optic cable sample- this is what the cables are like out at sea today, since 1970.
  • A morse code key- an electrical switch for tapping morse code messages.
  • 2 x semaphore flags with laminate letter guide (for a semaphore game).
  • A plastic fibre optic wand which lights up!
  • A costume ‘similar’ to what a messenger boy would have worn. A cap, jacket and waistcoat.

During this time in particular, community is so important and being involved in this project that enables children to share their stories is something that we are so pleased to be able to support. Sennen School is starting the project in November and it will run through until December. We are looking forward to sharing the stories once they become available.

Kay Dalton, PK Porthcurno Engagement Curator, has said of the project:

‘We are delighted to be working in partnership with Storylines to deliver a remote project for Sennen School. We look forward to the children being our ‘Story messengers’ and uncovering their own stories of connection during lockdown!

We would like to thank Storylines and Sennen School for the opportunity to be involved in this project.

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Storylines and Sennen School Project
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