Eden hosts China clay film screening

April 26, 2012
Author: Emma

On Saturday 28 April we’ll be hosting a screening of 'Days of Clay', a selection of archive film of the china clay industry, some of which has rarely been seen.

Black and white image of two men loading china clay into a cart

The film, featured recently on BBC Spotlight, has been put together by Wheal Martyn, China Clay History Society and Azook CIC to help communities in the Clay Country explore their cultural identity.

The film will include historic footage and oral history recordings of local people who worked and lived within china clay industry, mainly from the 1930s to the 1970s. A compilation of archive photographs will also be on display.

Eden’s a fitting venue for the screening as it was built within a disused clay pit, known locally as Bodelva, which had been mined until 1998 when it reached the end of its working life.

Admission to the screening is free and pre-booking is advised. Places can be booked by calling 0845 0509 429 or by emailing enquiries@azook.org.uk. Doors open at 7pm and the show will start at 7.30pm. Refreshments will also be available.

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2 responses to Eden hosts China clay film screening

  1. Dorothy Reid says:

    re: Bodelva

    Is Eden on or near the village called Carthew?
    My mother lived there as a child, in the 20's, but alas is not here to confirm. I have birth/marriage certs showing male members of her family's occupation as Clay Labourers.

  2. Hannah says:

    Hi Dorothy, Eden's only a couple of miles away from Carthew, right in the Cornwall's Clay Country. Interesting to hear about your family's occupation. If you're ever in the county and want to find out more, there's a China Clay Museum very near Carthew - http://www.wheal-martyn.com/

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