Cameras made from empty beer cans will be used to teach photography to schoolchildren who will develop their images in a darkroom converted from an old tin mine.

Breakfast [Photo credit: Justin Quinnell]

The Bottallack Mine in Cornwall will house a temporary darkroom, photography studio and camera obscura for the project, which is set to take place from 19-24 April.

It will be led by 25 students from Falmouth University who will teach children about pinhole and digital photography.

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Pinhole photographer Justin Quinnell – who works part-time at Falmouth University – said: ‘Not only does the project inspire wonder in children of local schools, it also enables the BA Photography students to get a taste for teaching and inspiring the next generation.’

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The children’s work is due to go on display in an exhibition at Falmouth University.

Schools taking part in the project will also be given a solargraph camera, enabling them to photograph the sun as it tracks across the sky over the next six months.

The project is backed by the National Trust and YHA and is set to coincide with Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day on 26 April.

• Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day invites photographers to upload pinhole photographs to an online gallery. A dedicated website – which also helps people make their own pinhole cameras – states: ‘We encourage people throughout the world to take some time off from the increasingly technological world we live in and to participate in the simple act of making a pinhole photograph.’