Pop-up WW1 post office brings Word Voyages to the Telegraph Museum Porthcurno

Pop-up WW1 post office brings Word Voyages to the Telegraph Museum Porthcurno

A celebration day at the Telegraph Museum Porthcurno on Saturday 18th April will showcase creative work from students of four local schools exploring how Cornish families were affected by the First World War. This follows on from a very successful day at Penlee House Museum where the public were impressed and entertained by the World War 1 post office activities.

Focusing on stories of individuals, and materiel gathered from museums, libraries and from local people, the school workshops have enabled the children to understand their heritage linked to the conflict and to express this through the creation of letters, diaries, poetry and peace parcels.

Working with author and literacy expert Sally Crabtree the students have been inspired to create work of outstanding originality and quality which evidences their undertsanding of life at home and away for local people.

On Saturday the students and their families and members of the public will be able to visit a wartime post office installation where they can write a poem or song themselves and even send a singing telegram! The post mistress will be on hand to provide ‘postal’ services to any visitor to the museum and to share the words and parcels the children have created through this project.

The post office will be in the cafe area on Saturday 18th April between 11am and 3pm and visitors can access it for free. The museum shop and cafe are both free to visit every day. Normal museum admission applies on the day; click here for museum admission.

This project has been funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and work created by the students will be  shared with other schools across Cornwall.

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