Three animated films celebrating the Redruth Brewery: ‘Brewing up the Past’ by Tough Dough with Kresen Kernow.

Tough Dough set up a series of meetings and workshops with one primary, one secondary school and a group of adults connected to the Redruth Brewery. The aim was to create 3 short animations as a result of a series of activities.

The animations were commissioned as part of the Heritage Lottery Fund and Cornwall Council – funded Kresen Kernow project to build a new archive centre for Cornwall. The centre, which is due to open in 2018, will be situated on the former Redruth Brewery site and will be home to the world’s largest collection of documents, manuscripts, maps and photographs related to Cornwall’s history.


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The Cornish Studies Library in Redruth showcased a celebratory event of three animated films made by the community about the Redruth Brewery, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund. Groups, schools and the public gathered together to see the films and enjoy the colourful artwork that was displayed in the Library. The films narratives contained rich and entertaining portrayals of the lives of Redruth Brewery workers and life in the town. The films interwove images from archives and private photographic collections with moving images and narration from children and adults.

Alessandra Ausenda from Tough Dough said: It was a fantastic experience collaborating with a wide range of age groups and people. The Reminiscence Group was the source of many inspiring stories and information.

Iain Rowe: Learning Officer from Kresen Kernow was delighted with the event: ‘The films take a nostalgic journey into the past and a glimpse into the Brewery’s future. The creative medium of animation has made this project accessible to all!’

Redruth Secondary School took a look into the future and explored ideas around the development of the site and came up with some imaginative concepts.

Members of the reminiscence Group shared stories from the past such as Charles Pope’s first day at work and his memories of the bottling plant. Other tales from this extraordinary industry, which has been at the heart of Redruth for centuries, create the narrative for the films. The Brewery was at the centre of the community and these films celebrate the role it played in people’s everyday lives.

Animation one: Four groups of school children from Trewirgie Junior School visited the Cornish Studies Library and took part in interviews/a slide show with a talk from Kresen Kernow, Library Staff and members Reminiscence Group. This was followed by a Grand Tea Treat Event at the Penventon Hotel with members of the Reminiscence Group, Redruth Story Group, local experts and ex workers from the Brewery. Children from the school interviewed the guests and shared a Tea Treat. Notes, photos, drawings and recordings were made to document the day. This was followed by an art workshops with members of the Reminiscence Group where they made articulated characters of themselves or people associated with the Brewery. Tough Dough artists spent two days at Trewirgie Junior School creating artwork and filming with pupils. Selected children were recorded alongside three members of the Reminiscence Group to create a soundtrack. A local musician gave permission to use a musical soundtrack

Animation Two: Pasty Day/ Heritage Open Day: In September Tough Dough presented the project at an exhibition and screening event alongside Kresen Kernow, The Redruth Story Group and the Reminiscence Group.   During the day Tough Dough artists ran a series of animation activities for the public. Children and adults got involved in making artwork and filming. This was developed into additional footage for the second animation. Tough Dough artists worked with the Reminiscence Group to create further artwork and record a narration for the film. Photographs from local private photographic collections were collected and added to the film. Local band ‘Dalla’ gave permission to use musical soundtrack.

Animation Three: by Redruth Secondary School   Photographs of the derelict Brewery site by Wendy Allard from the Reminiscence Group were printed and used as a starting point of a day of art activities at the school. We looked at the photos and talked about the developments and their impact on the town and their lives. GCSE students developed the images into projections and interpretations of the future. Tough Dough took photos of the work as it progressed throughout the day. The footage was edited into a moving film. Local band ‘Dalla’ gave permission to use musical soundtrack.

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