What did we all do before the NHS and professional medical practice? We turned to the women in our communities to help us, cure us and treat us.
When? Sunday 26 May (bank holiday weekend), 12-4.30pm. Where? Chi an Bobel (upstairs), Heartlands, Pool (between Camborne and Redruth). How to find us. What?
- Create your own charm
- Smell and handle ingredients and implements
- Lady of the Manor and her servants’ ailments
- Medieval housewife and nature's medicine cupboard
- Meet the "Pellar of Pool"
- Bring family recipes and old wives' tales
- Write in the History 51 Cornish Remedy Book
History 51 Roadshow
Women and medicine is the theme of our first History 51 Roadshow FREE event. It will take place at Heartlands on Sunday 26 May 2013 and is part of KernowFest, a massive celebration of all things Cornish, especially food and culture. We obviously come in the culture bit even though some of the medical ingredients on show are edible too.
Wise Women will be a series of continuous demonstrations, digital displays of historical sources, costumed interpretation, and hands-on activities suitable for all ages, including kids, all based on real Cornish sources about the knowledge held by women as healers of their households and communities. We will be dressed up in period costume including a medieval housewife, an aristocratic lady from the 1520s and a Victorian-era white witch or 'pellar' in Cornish.
It is apt this event takes place in Pool, very near to what used to be the West Cornwall Women's Hospital, near Redruth.
History 51 Roadshow is a series of events taking place in 2013 to promote different aspects of women's heritage in local communities in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.
History 51 Remedy Book
As part of the event we are inviting people to bring with them their old family cures, treatments and old wives' tales, especially those passed down to them from their mothers, grandmothers and other women in their families and communities.
By collecting these remedies we hope to preserve an important part of our community history which might otherwise be forgotten.
We will be filming the event for the History 51 archives, some of the footage will be turned into a film about our project.
No prescriptions! Please don’t ask us for cures or treatments for your own ailments as we are not trained medical professionals.
Penlee House Gallery and Museum for lending us historical costume for our Pellar character.
Cornwall Record Office for images of Cornish sources.
Heartlands for welcoming us to KernowFest and giving us a free venue.
Steph Haxton for coming up with the idea and helping bring it all together.