Artur. Taken in Falmouth.
Machenzie is staying for the weekend at Woodbrooke while attending a Quaker course. He has travelled down from Bradford University where he is studying BA Honours Peace Studies. He is doing this because of his passion for environmental sustainability and peace. He is currently researching Sudan and is interested in conflict resources, such as water and oil. Machenzie was born into a Quaker family and he sees the Quakers as a “supportive group of like minded people, who unlike other religions, do not have one voice, “Quakers allow for individual opinion to come through”. Machenzie does not believe in God but this is accepted within the Quaker religion.
Chris the projectionist at 'The Polly' in Falmouth
Maurian is a Quaker and the tutor for the ‘Restorative Justice Course’ held at Woodbrooke. This is a topical subject that has had attention from the media as a possible alternative to the destructive effects of punishment. Maurian has also given art therapy courses on anger and forgiveness. She usually teaches at Woodbrooke about twice a year and finds the centre is “thoughtful in the way that everything is produced”. Maurian had become “disillusioned with other religions” and that was why she started to experiment by attending Quaker meetings. By her mid twenties she had taken the decision to became a Quaker and really connected with, “the idea of God in everyone.” She also agrees with the ideals of Quaker social activism, “its not just something that you do on a Sunday”.
Ceri works in the central laser facility at Rutherford Appleton Laboratory. She did not really have an idea of what she wanted to do in life and so she thought she would just do Physics because Physics was a very open degree. Ceri went on to study at Oxford University and took a summer placement at Rutherford Appleton Laboratory and discovered what she liked. She is now a research and application scientist working at the Central Laser Facility as well as the Harwell Imaging Partnership. Ceri thinks ‘its not an ability thing at all with doing the subject’ and thinks the image of Physics has to change because the subject can be related to the real world. She has noticed the lack of girls within her subject but Ceri said that there is no barrier to being in Physics and that nothing holds you back.
Mac. Taken in St Austell
Betty is a Quaker who is the ‘Project Development Officer’ and works and teaches at the ‘Centre for Post Graduate Quaker Studies’ at Woodbrooke. She is excited by teaching seventeenth century Quaker history as she enjoys “going back into the past and connecting with those Quaker people” who are part of the continuing story of Quakers today. Betty’s role involves supporting the PhD and Masters students. She also summarises their research, publishing it online, which she feels is making the work more “accessible to a wider audience”. Woodbrooke is one of the first university departments to provide this service. During the current year, with the First World War commemorations, Betty believes it is important that people do not just hear tales of battles and soldiers. She is currently working on a project to tell the stories of pacifist Quakers who were in the Friends Ambulance unit, or worked on the War Victims Relief Committee. Woodbrooke will also be running a course in August 2014 called, “You don’t have to kill to be a hero” on which Betty will be lecturing.