Second World War Project

We are delighted to be working in partnership with The Museum of Cornish Life at Helston throughout 2021 on a national project developed by Imperial War Museums (IWM). This project will see both museums delivering a range of projects that uncover lesser-known stories about Cornwall in the Second World War.


Alongside the opening of the Imperial War Museum’s new Second World War and The Holocaust Galleries in 2021, IWM’s Second World War and Holocaust Partnership Programme (SWWHPP) is working with eight cultural heritage partners across the UK.  Along with the Museum of Cornish Life at Helston, we are lucky to be the South West partner on this national project.  Thanks to this project we’ve been able to establish a Digital Internship post and carry out a major research project exploring Bodmin and Cornwall’s Second World War history and share it online and via community events during 2021.

The SWWHPP is generously funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund.


Find out more:

Listen here, for a variety of Cornish wartime stories uncovered by our Digital Interns – Charlotte and Joseph. The following episodes will be aired on BBC Radio Cornwall over the coming months:


1) Promo/Trailer An introduction to the Digital Interns upload series, as featured on BBC Radio Cornwall on Wednesday 3rd February 2021. 

2) Episode 1 The Digital Interns at Bodmin Keep and the Museum of Cornish Life share their recent findings of Bodmin Nurse, Olive Barnicoat and the story of an Italian child evacuee.

2) Episode 2 In this episode, the Digital Interns at Bodmin Keep and the Museum of Cornish Life share the military story of Major Arthur Frederick Cotton Kitchen (Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry) and the story of Mary Beazley, who spent part of her teenage years in Cornwall during the Second World War.


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