Bodmin Rides Again! Community Drawing Challenge to help keep us connected through Lockdown!

intoBodmin have recently been awarded funding through National Lottery Heritage Fund for Bodmin Rides Again! The project involves a series of activities in Bodmin throughout 2020 to help support the Bodmin Riding and Heritage Festival. However, due to the Covid-19 outbreak we have had to re-think our plans!

As you may have already heard Bodmin Riding and Heritage Day has been put off until next year. The festival will now take place from 2nd to 4th July 2021

​However, the Bodmin Rides Again project will continue and hopes to engage the Bodmin community in heritage-based activities to give you an opportunity to learn more about Bodmin’s rich heritage and celebrate the town’s history.

When we are able to, we will be inviting members of the community to come together to help us create an impressive piece of community art in the form of a tapestry depicting Bodmin’s history and we will be collecting stories from the community about Bodmin Riding and Heritage festivals of the past through the oral history strand of work which will be complied in to podcasts and will be added to Kresen Kernow, the county’s state-of-the-art new archive centre in Redruth.

However until we can all come together for the main activities, we would like to invite you to get involved in our Lockdown Drawing Challenge… IntoBodmin will release an interesting piece of Bodmin’s rich history dating back as early as the 6th century, then each week release another snippet of history and what we would like you to do is draw it for us!

What do you think Bodmin looked like when it was mentioned in the Dooms Day book or during the Black Death of 1349 or The Cornish Rebellion of 1497 or when Bodmin Gaol was built…?

We want you to draw, design, paint, chalk, watercolour, or event potato print… however you want to create your piece of Bodmin’s History. We will release 10 pieces of Bodmin history on our website and across social media over the next few weeks, you can choose to interpret one, two or all 10, as few or as many as you like.

If you can, take a picture of them so we can share them on our social media, but keep the originals as we would like to collect them up and create a large piece of community art and if yours gets chosen it might even be turned in to a piece of the final Bodmin Rides Again Tapestry when its created by the community later this year!

Keep and eye out on our website or on social media.