Archive for October, 2009

Another action packed month on the cliff edge…..

Posted in meet the geevor staff on October 30, 2009 by geevor

Another action packed month at Geevor ! No really! We have had school groups back on site which has been great as small people are generally very amusing! We all have been working very hard on the new Wildlife on the Edge exhibition in the Hard Rock Gallery which opened on Friday the 21st October. We had a bit of a ‘do’ for everyone who contributed. The two professional photographers Dave Chapman and Steve Jones whose photos make up the majority of the exhibition and the winners and entrants of our photo competition (the youngest is 3!) joined us. Really looking forward to the Cornwall Wildlife Trust’s travelling exhibition to arrive on the 20th November that will be shown simultaneously, all very exciting….watch this space or a space!

We also held our Bat Detecting evening which was brilliant and very well attaneded, two different species of bats were located on site despite a brisk on-shore wind, many thanks to all involved.

Just getting to the end of October half term week which has been busy, especially considering you can’t see your had in front of your face today the fog is so thick! (How can it be so windy and so foggy at the same time, where does it all come from?) We had a very special visit from Hilary Bracegirdle from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) whose input has paid for the Hard Rock Museum and all the new roofs on site amongst other things. The HLF (aka National Lottery) is celebrating its 15 year anniversary, and to join the celebration we have held some special events over the week to coincide with the half term.  I led a drop-in session in the Hard Rock Gallery where people could get advice on how to encourage and create habitats for our native wildlife in their gardens, be they big or small. There were also wildlife related crafty activities for the smaller ones; everyone who took part seemed to really enjoy it!

We also participated in the Big Draw this year, again a really busy day with a lot of very creative goings on. We don’t have many creations to exhibit as everyone wanted to take their pictures home with them…a lasting reminder of Geevor!

Next mission: Christmas.……..ho ho ohhh!

Astronomy Dominie

Posted in meet the geevor staff on October 8, 2009 by geevor

How excited was I about the lecture given to us by Brian Sheen, Astronomer, at the beginning of September here at Geevor?. Very!. Firstly Brian gave a talk with the most amazing presentation of  what the night skies looked like in this part of the world on the big screen. And then we went outside. We were blessed by a clear night and being this remote there was very little in the way of light pollution. Numerous strange-looking bits of kit were assembled and we all had the chance to look through them. Amazing. We were able to see Jupiter (plus three of Jupiter’s  moons), the Andromoda galaxy, Altair, Deneb and  Vega (the summer triangle) the Plough (an old favourite!), the Milky Way (very clear!),  to name but a few that I can remember. The moon was bright but the Dark Side thankfully eluded us.

Is There Anybody Out There? Well, the International Space Station passed over a couple of times and a few other satellites were visible. I have always intended to inform myself about The Great Gig in the Sky and I think this might be the beginning (let’s not mention that I have actually worked at the Royal Observatory in Greenwich ….!)

Otherwise, we were still quite busy in September due to the fact that the sun actually shone. Not quite warm enough for that evening swim or beach BBQ but certainly lovely enough for people to want to be outside exploring Geevor. Wish You Were Here?.

So we have begun the big catch up on the things that didn’t get done over the busy summer. This includes an unprecedented number of enquiries.  Mainly of a family history nature. Rebecca and I had a great trip to visit the Cornish Studies Library in Redruth, where we were shown round by Kim, who is lovely and knows lots. This is a great place and the starting point for most Cornish history enquiries. Near to the top of my (fantasy curatorial) list for Geevor is to do something about computerising some of our records so that these enquiries can be done at the touch of a button.  Help!  Welcome To The Machine…

In the very last week in September I began my new working arrangements. As a six month secondment, I am working half the week on a different job, based at the Royal Cornwall Museum. This new role is about working with and supporting smaller museums across Cornwall. I’m very excited but also aware of having to deliver on both jobs, in such little time. Yikes. No pressure! Set the controls for the Heart of the Sun….

The photo attached is of one of our Interactives in the museum. Every day we see our visitors trying to solve this puzzle – which involves figuring out a sequence for the wheels to link up in order to turn the handle and ‘lift the cage’.  This particular sequence is cleverly impressive and visually stunning. Thank you to whoever did this. Flaming!Objects June