Inclusive heritage guides

The below guides are a culmination of work undertaken as part of our Pilchards Pits and Postcards project. Over two years we worked in four areas across Cornwall to open up access and understanding of heritage for all. We did this by working with people living in rural communities, focusing on those with disabilities, gathering stories, images and sound recordings to celebrate the oral history and natural landscapes of four unique heritage outdoor environments of Cornwall. These guides capture the domestic and working lives of local people, as well as their personal connections with the surrounding landscape.

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Newlyn and fishing

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Bude and surfing

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King Edward Mine

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Par docks history

Clay Tales

China Clay history

Fish Tales - Newlyn and the history of fishing

Newlyn is one of the largest working ports in the country and is probably best known for its pilchard fishing. The fishing industry has shaped the landscape of Newlyn throughout history as well as providing a backdrop for the famous ‘Newlyn School’ artists. Whilst the fishing practices have become more industrialised over the years many of the sights, sounds and smells are as rich today as they would have been centuries ago.

A Sensory guide to Newlyn

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A Widgit sensory guide to Newlyn

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A story walk around Newlyn in Cornwall exploring the local landscape and heritage

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Surf Tales - Bude and the history of surfing

Bude, or dear old Boode, as the saying goes, has been popular with visitors to Cornwall since the Victorians came to bathe and relax in the sea air. One of the biggest draws for visitors however has always been the surf. In fact, the first surf lifesaving club in Britain was established in Bude by an Australian life saver, firmly putting Bude on the surfing map.

A Sensory guide to Bude and the history of surfing

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A Widgit sensory guide guide to Bude and the history of surfing

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A story walk around Bude in Cornwall exploring surf heritage

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Tin Tales - King Edward Mine

King Edward Mine has been an important part of Cornish Mining history for the last 200 years. The landscape is dotted with many remnants of Cornish tin mining including the iconic engine houses. Enjoy getting back to nature by strolling along the Great Flat Lode Trail, one of Cornwall's Mineral Tramway Trails that meanders through the historic mining area.

Sensory guide to King Edward Mine

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A Widgit Sensory guide to King Edward Mine

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A story and song walk around King Edward Mine near Camborne in Cornwall

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Par Tales - Par beach and docks

Historically, Par docks were the gateway for Cornish china clay to reach the rest of the world. China clay was shipped out of the tidal harbour of Par to destinations around the UK and beyond. Nowadays the landscape of Par docks features a unique blend of nature-meets-industrial heritage. Stand on the sandy beach and feel the sea breeze whilst you gaze up at the white tipped clay heaps.

A Sensory guide to Par beach and docks

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A Widgit sensory guide to Par beach and docks

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A story walk around Par in Cornwall exploring the landscape and industrial heritage

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Clay Tales - The history of China Clay

The Clay Trails wind their way through the unique landscape of Cornwall's china clay mining area. Discover the turquoise dams coloured by fine particles of mica, marvel at the Cornish alps, the towering clay tips made up of excavation waste and explore the ruins of industrial buildings such as the drying chimneys.

Sensory guide to the clay trails

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A Widgit sensory guide to the Clay Trails

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A story walk based around the Clay Trails around St Austell, Cornwall

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