Category Archives: Project Updates

Archives Online

Students were surprised to learn that archives are not just bits of dusty old paper, in fact many hold terabytes of digital data. They realised that they had often already used online archive resources through databases like Early English Books … Continue reading

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Hands-on Experience

Hands-on object-based-learning works well with archives which, unlike most museum collections, are not under glass. While fascimile copies can often be ordered from repositories and are great for writing activities, nothing beats handling original material. During the university archive sessions … Continue reading

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Understanding the Writing Process

This activity was designed to enhance students’ understanding of the writing process. Working with a range of material from an author’s archive enables students to identify, understand and discuss stages of the writing process and product. Students were given facsimile … Continue reading

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Ice Breaker – Generating Ideas

You don’t need huge amounts of material to start generating ideas for writing. Sometimes the smallest, apparently least significant item in a collection can provide a stimulus for work. It is also interesting to challenge students’ expectations of what might … Continue reading

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Student Competition – Win £50 Amazon Vouchers

Screenwriting students taking part in the project will be able to enter their work in a competition judged by Jane Darke, the widow of Cornish playwright, Nick Darke. There will prizes of £50 Amazon Vouchers each for the best Screenplay … Continue reading

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Visit to Cornwall Record Office

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On Monday 28th February both screenwriting groups visited Cornwall Record Office to look at archives relating to Cornwall’s history, find out more about archives online, and take a behind-the-scenes tour of the strong rooms. Archivists, Tamsin Mallett, and David Thomas were … Continue reading

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Personal Meaning Maps

During our first sessions with the screenwriting students we asked them to complete Personal Meaning Maps. Personal Meaning Mapping is a research methodology used mainly in museums education contexts. PMMs are designed to measure how a particular learning experience, like … Continue reading

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A New Community of Practice

Before working with the students the academic staff and archivists met to explore what a new COP might look like. We found that we had a lot in common already. Sharing practice has resulted in the delivery of two papers … Continue reading

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Communities of Practice and Situated Learning

The research methodology draws on a combination of object-based-learning (Chatterjee & Duhs 2010), situated learning and a communities of practice model (Lave and Wenger 1991; Wenger et al 2002). Communities of Practice Communities of Practice is a term proposed by … Continue reading

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Tremough Archive Sessions

On Monday 21 and Wednesday 23 February students had archive sessions using the Patrick Gale and Nick Darke collections at Tremough. Kym and Niamh introduced the sessions, asking the students to complete ‘personal meaning maps’ to find out what archives … Continue reading

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