Bodmin is set to be at the heart of Cornwall’s First World War commemorations in 2018 thanks to an exciting project just announced, which will connect people with Cornwall’s World War One story and involve the local and wider community.

The Trench at Bodmin sees Cornwall’s Regimental Museum working in partnership with acclaimed Cornish theatre company Collective Arts, known for their creation of large scale, outdoor, epic theatrical experiences.

Having successfully secured funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund, Arts Council England and Feast, the project also sees a collaboration with Bodmin & Wenford Steam Railway and students from Bodmin College, who will be working alongside community and professional actors to bring the event to life.


A year of research, writing, development and rehearsal will culminate in a run of performances in June and July 2018. Audiences will follow in the footsteps of men from Bodmin who fought in the war, specifically the Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry, enlisting at The Keep, home of the Regimental Museum, before being transported by steam train from Bodmin General off to the trenches on the Lanhydrock Estate. On returning back to the Regimental Museum audiences will find out their fate, visiting the Museum's new exhibition that details their past.

Cros-section of a trench for The Trenh Bodmin project


Tickets will go on sale in March. Sign up using the form below to receive emails updates as well as additional information about The Trench and the four accompanying short plays.