Porthmeor Studios and Cellars is offering a learning programme for schools, families and the community which is based on the local fishing industry, sea, and artists who work alongside the fishermen.

As part of this programme workshop sessions are offered both onsite and as outreach at schools. The content and length of the workshop sessions can be tailored to meet the needs of the individuals wanting to take part. People can choose from a range of activities, including archival based activity, story-telling/role-play, arts and craft activities, and practical hands-on activities such as rope-making. Onsite visits include a tour of the fishing cellars, a demonstration of net setting by one of the resident fishermen and a viewing of the site's specific installation 'The Maritime Artist' by Mark Dion.

The sessions can fulfil aspects of the Cornish Sense of Place, the International Primary Curriculum and aspects of the New National Curriculum, such as Local History Studies, as well as cross-curricular links. The local focus of Porthmeor’s learning programme is particularly in keeping with Unit Four of the NUT/Curriculum Foundation Year of the Curriculum professional development tool: ‘Meeting National requirements in a local setting that is personal to learners’.

As Porthmeor Studios’ learning programme is still relatively new, all sessions will be offered free of charge.

Porthmeor Studios' Learning Officer is happy to visit schools to talk to the members of staff about the sessions in more detail. Alternatively, she can be contacted by emailing Hayley Buscombe at bsjwtrust.org.uk or phone 01736 339338 to discuss the programme further.