With funding from FEAST, The Eden Project, IMERYS and support in kind from Wheal Martyn, Emma Mansfield and Tom Barnecut-Watson set about capturing the stories, spirit and history of Cornwall’s Clay Country and its communities in a captivating book and exhibition.
Inspired by the success of The Little Book of Cornwall, and with enormous contributions from local community groups, primary schools, the IMERYS History Society, retired clay workers and local historians, the book and exhibition was launched at Wheal Martyn
As well as capturing tales and anecdotes from individuals and local community groups, Emma and Tom organised a tour of workshops, clay play days and a local schools programme, which created poetry and original writing about the area.
The clay play days, inspired by the Terracotta Army, visited St Austell town centre, Wheal Martyn Museum and Country Park, Bugle Band Festival and St Dennis Feast week celebrations.
Working with photographer James Ram and volunteer contributions from local photographers and artists, we were able to put together a powerful exhibition at Wheal Martyn, which brought to life the colour, community spirit and creativity of Cornwall’s Clay Country.
To find out more about The Little Book of Clay Country, visit www.thelittlebooksof.com
Paul Colledge, Revival Design
Terry and Mike Mansfield
The Eden Project