Visitors to Bodmin Jail this Easter holiday are being treated to a fascinating exhibition on Cornwall’s colourful past, thanks to University students and researchers.
Pirates, Police and Pasties runs until Sunday 8 April, and is being staged by the jail in association with University of Plymouth Time-Lock Productions.
Through posters developed by students from the University’s School of Law, Criminology and Government, and an accompanying audio transcript, the exhibition addresses questions such as: who were the pirates and smugglers? How were their illegal activities policed? And where does the pasty fit into the story?
Time-Lock is part of the University's Institute for Social, Policy and Enterprise Research (iSPER) #CHITCHAT Research Initiative - Crime, History and Institutions: Transdisciplinary Conversations in Heritage, Art and Transmedia.
The exhibition has been organised by #CHITCHAT’s Rob Giles, working with the group’s co-leads Professor Kim Stevenson and Craig Newbery-Jones, Visiting Research Fellow Dr Judith Rowbotham, Associate Professor in Law Jason Lowther, and Dr David Cox from the University of Wolverhampton’s Faculty of Social Sciences. Mr Giles said:
“Time-Lock Productions are delighted to have established such a strong alliance with Bodmin Jail, a major attraction in Cornwall. Criminology students have been visiting the jail annually, but this is the first formal agreement established between the University and the jail.Dr Rowbotham said:
“As curator for the exhibition I was impressed by the effort made by the Time-Lock team, our associates and the students, who contributed a full and varied array of visibly engaging posters that were both educational and fun, providing interest for families.
“The jail has suggested further collaboration with Time-Lock, and we look forward to creating a strong and positive relationship with this important partner.”
“The exhibition shows how all three areas interlock - and are sustained by an enjoyment of pasties, to such an extent that it even led to criminal activities associated with pasty theft, and deception involving a guinea pig.
“This is the first event in what we hope will be an exercise in community sharing of our research enterprises, via our collaboration with Bodmin Jail.”
The free exhibition is open from 9.30am to 6pm daily.