Source: The Cornishman
IF YOU ever fancied yourself as a wrestler, but without the staged theatrics, then a special Cornish wrestling exhibition – that includes the chance to try the sport – will be of interest.
A celebration of one of the oldest sports in Britain takes place in Madron, near Penzance, this weekend with a free two-day programme of events.
Cornish wrestling or 'wrasslin' is believed to date back more than 2,000 years and from early times the men of Cornwall established themselves a formidable reputation as fighters.
The exhibition will feature a series of talks, demonstrations and films that will prove both interesting and inspirational to anyone with an interest in the Cornish martial art.
Exhibition organiser Jane Howells said: "The history of Cornish wrestling is fascinating. At the Battle of Agincourt in 1415, where Cornish archers were crucial to the victory, the Cornish banner depicted two wrestlers in a hitch."
Peter Sheldon, secretary of the Cornish Wrestling Association, added: "This weekend has entertainment for people of all ages from talks and films to Cornish singing – and a chance to wear the famous wrasslin' jacket and try out the sport."
The event will be run as part of the Penwith Points of View project in conjunction with the Cornish Wrestling Association and takes place at the Billiard Room, Landithy Hall, Madron, and will be kicked off by former champion Gerry Cawley with a talk on the history and practice of Cornish wrestling.
The talks continue with Trev Lawrence and Simon Reed both of whom will be speaking on wrestling and folklore. There will be a film show with Cornish filmmaker Mark Jenkin and Kernow King Films.
During both days there will be a live demonstration and a chance put on the vest and have a go.
The exhibition runs on Saturday and Sunday, running from 10.30am to 3.30pm, in the Billiard Room, Landithy Hall, Madron, with free tea and biscuits available throughout the day.
For more information on the event, including running order, visit www.bewnanskernow.org
Cornwall's leading authorities on Cornish Wrestling will be in Madron on the 8th and 9th November to give talks and demonstrations during a two day exhibition of Cornish Wrestling.
The event will be free to attend and will take place in the Billiard Room, Landithy Hall. Throughout the weekend there will be a chance to have a go at Cornish Wrestling and watch competitions and demonstrations. There will also be talks from a range of experts on the history and practice of 'wrasslin' as well as on the folklore around Cornwall's most ancient sport.
Peter Sheldon, Secretary of the Cornish Wrestling Association said, “Wrestling is our national sport in Cornwall and is a direct link with our ancestors handed down over thousands of years. This weekend has entertainment for people of all ages from talks and films to Cornish singing – and a chance to wear the famous wrasslin' jacket and try out the sport.”
The event will be run as part of the Bewnans Kernow Penwith Points of View project in conjunction with the Cornish Wrestling Association and speakers will include Gerry Cawley, Mike Cawley, Trev Lawrence, Mike Tripp and Simon Reed. The Treggy and Red River Singers will give a performance, including rare traditional songs about wrestling on Sunday afternoon.
Both days will run from 10.30am – 3.30pm with free tea and biscuits available throughout the day. For more information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Citizen's takeover of Cornwall Council
What would you do if you were in charge of Cornwall?
A Festival of Social Science research event
Date:1 November 2014
Time:10:30 to 16:00
Place: Lys Kernow / New County Hall, Truro
Information This event seeks to turn things on their head and let the people of Cornwall decide what they would do if they were in charge - starting with a blank canvas.
Everyone is welcome to join a open, fun and informative event which will gather your views on Cornwall's distinct (formally recognised) identity.
Cornwall is one of the happiest UK regions, yet it is also a region of high poverty, low wages, and low economic aspiration.
It is also in receipt of large sums of state aid and support, driven largely by centralised policy, strategy and intervention.
About the hosts:
Dr Joanie Willett is a lecturer in the University of Exeter Politics department, with a specialism in the politics of identity.
More from the organisers:
"Tell us what you think about living in Cornwall,and what you think the future holds for you here.
Helped by Dr Joanie Willett and Will Coleman, participants from across Cornwall are invited to discuss their stories of life in Cornwall; what it is like to live here, and how you imagine Cornwall’s past, present and future.
In the afternoon we will work with participants to develop a ‘citizen’s manifesto’, discussing what you think the priorities are for Cornwall. This will be presented back to an invited audience of keynote listeners, drawn from councillors and other persons involved in planning, strategy and service delivery in Cornwall.
This is a free, family friendly event, as part of the European Social and Economic Research Council ‘Festival of Social Science’, and we will be providing participants with refreshments and a pasty lunch. Please join our discussion."
For more information see the Cornish Archaeology website
Cornwall Archaeological Society
Winter Lectures 2014/15
Truro Winter Lectures 2014/15
Thursday evening at 7.30pm
Truro Baptist Church, Chapel Hill. Truro. TR1 3BD
Corfield Nankivell lecture.
Dr Richard Buckley: The King under the Car Park’: Greyfriars, Leicester and the Search for Richard III.
Dr Buckley was the lead archaeologist from the University of Leicester on the Search for Richard Project in 2012, which caught the public imagination.
Area reps evening
Dr Ben Pears.
AC Archaeology: Digging dirt: Anthropogenic soils in Cornwall: a rare archaeological resource.
Anthropogenic soils are deposits created either deliberately or accidentally as a result of human occupation or as a conscious attempt to increase the quality of farmland. In many cases it can be the only evidence of human activity in a landscape as more traditional archaeological features are not present. This presentation will illustrate case studies of sites around the world where these deposits have been identified and then discuss sites in Cornwall where current research is being conducted using geoarchaeological techniques and finally look to the future of these key resources.
Dr Kate Verkooijen: Making Beads in Bronze Age Britain faience and amber (with hands on display)
Archaeological finds show that during the Bronze Age, the exotic ‘new’ materials of natural amber and man-made faience started to be used in Britain. Although only in very small quantities, these represent some of the most spectacular artefacts from this period. In this talk Dr Verkooijen shares insights about her practical work and her research findings as well as bringing along the actual things she has made for people to handle/look at.”
Saturday 18th April AGM
Julian Richards: ‘What’s wrong with archaeology?’
There will be an additional lecture in May, from David Jacques on Vespasian’s Camp, Avebury, date to be confirmed.
Liskeard Winter Lectures
Friday evenings 7.30pm St.Martins Church Hall, Church Street, Liskeard. PL14 3AD
Paul Holden FSA (National Trust): The Lanhydrock Atlas
The Atlas illustrates the widely scattered Cornish landholdings of a single gentry family ─ the Robartes of Lanhydrock. They not only lay bare their patron’s wealth and affluence but also represent a material embodiment of their power. The maps are an important resource for archaeologists, geographers and historians alike. This talk will give some background behind the Atlas and look specifically at features that make them so important.
Brian Sheen: Astronomical alignments at the Hurlers
16th January: Area reps evening
Prof Michelle Brown: The Bodmin Gospels, Cornwall's Earliest Book
This talk will consider the materiality of the Bodmin Gospels, a Breton Gospel book which served as the Book of the High Altar at St Petroc's, Bodmin, from the 10th century and which contains manumissions containing early Cornish names. It will discuss its significance and its place in the history of Cornwall during the early Middle Ages.
Cornish Language Research Conference
October 27th and 28th sees the first Cornish Language research conference taking place in Cornwall College in Pool, Redruth.
The conference has been put together by a partnership between Maga, the Institute for Cornish Studies and Cornwall College, which aims to collate, promote and encourage research about Cornish language, whether linguistic, socio-linguistic or statistical.
The conference includes a keynote lecture from Professor Ken MacKinnon, who has been involved with research on Cornish as well as on Gaelic for a number of years and whose report to the government in 2000 was instrumental in gaining recognition for Cornish.
A wide range of papers have been put forward and accepted for the conference, ranging from consideration of grammatical constructions to comparative talks on linguistic policy and literary topics. Presenters will be joining in person and, for those from afar, by Skype. The conference will also see the launch of a new website dedicated to academic discussion and research on Cornish, on which it is hoped to publish the proceedings.
The conference starts on Monday morning and finishes on Tuesday lunchtime and the costs for the two days, including coffee and lunches is £15. There will also be an optional conference dinner on Monday evening.
Full details and booking forms can be found on the Maga website at www.magakernow.org.uk/bookings
Since 2009 Tre has transferred old cine footage, created new digital content and produced tailor made screening programmes that toured 30 venues across Cornwall and Isles of Scilly; village halls, museums, galleries and festivals, from silent films with live music accompaniments to Q&A’s with special guests — we’ve even screened films in a vintage mobile cinema!
Thank you to all the communities and partners who embraced the project and invited us to screen at their lovely venues. The long awaited DVD is now ready for sale!
Tre DVD is the culmination of 11 beautiful films spanning 110 years of local history! New films and some fascinating historical footage held by South West Film and TV Archive as well as locally donated material.
To purchase the DVD at £13.50 (including P&P) and for further information on the contents please visit www.awen.org.uk
The ICS Cornish World Conference - the Cornish overseas, Brittany connections & the impact of global developments on Cornwall
The Cornish World
Third annual conference of the Institute of Cornish Studies.
The third annual conference of the Institute of Cornish Studies is being held at Tremough House at the Penryn Campus on 24/25 October.
Entitled The Cornish World/An Bys Kernewek, it will explore the story of the Cornish overseas, connections with Brittany and the impact of global developments on Cornwall.
Friday 24th October 2014
Board Room, Old Tremough House, Penryn Campus
14.00-14.15: Welcome and Introductions
Cornwall’s Place in the World
14.15-14.45: Ken Mackinnon (University of Aberdeen)- ‘Bys Kernewek: a Cornish Language world, in which we live and move and have our being’
14.45-15.15: Jane Howells (University of the Highlands and Islands)-'Guernsey and Jersey: How can benchmarking the Bailiwicks inform Cornwall?'
15.15-15.45: Ben Dobson (Institute of Cornish Studies)- ‘Cornwall: A Return to the International Stage?’
16.00-16.30: Will Orchard, Abigail Stocker and Katie Taylor (University of Exeter) - ‘The Cultural Landscape of Cornwall’
16.30-17.15: Cornish Research Group Discussion -‘ICS 2020: Future Plans’
17.15-18.30: Wine Reception and Cornish Music Session
Saturday 25th October 2014
Board Room, Old Tremough House
09.00-09.30: Coffee and Arrival
Caroline Kemp Lecture for 2014
09.30-10.15: Caradoc Peters (Truro and Penwith College/University of Plymouth) - ‘The Ancient Cornish World’
Comparisons with Brittany
10.15-10.45: Bernard Deacon (Institute of Cornish Studies) -‘The Breton turn and a new narrative for Cornwall’s first golden age’
10.45-11.15: Mike Tripp (Institute of Cornish Studies) - ‘Cornish wrestling and its relationship with Breton gouren’
11.15-11.45: Bob Keys (Cornish Story)
'L’entente equivoque: Rival Cornish and Breton communities in the film “Johnny Frenchman” as a metaphor for the ambiguities of the Anglo-French war time alliance’
11.45-12.00: Coffee/Tea break
The Cornish Diaspora
12.00-12.40: Sara Chambers, Michael Harris, Sarah Lloyd-Durrant and Jane Marley (Royal Cornwall Museum) ‘Cornish Stories of the World – Object Narratives’
12.40-13.00: Kate Neale (University of Cardiff/Institute of Cornish Studies) ‘Music of the Diaspora’
Peter Lanyon Building. Penryn Campus
14.00-15.30: John Ault (University of Harvard) and Louis Allen (University of Exeter) - ‘Falmouth in the Great War’
Board Room, Old Tremough House
15.45-16.15: Sharon Lowena (Institute of Cornish Studies) ‘“Missing in Action”: the Newlyn School and the Anglo-Boer War 1899-1902’
16.15-16.45: Lawrence Illsley and Ben Harris - ‘Troika and its International Reach’
16.45-17.00: Sarah Chapman (Storylines) - ‘Atlantic Narratives: Stories of Migration and Kinship’
17.00 -17.15: Final Discussion
There is no charge for the conference, but if you are interested please contact the institute by 16 October so they can have numbers for refreshments:
Dr Garry Tregidga,Director of the Institute of Cornish Studies,College of Humanities,University of Exeter,Penryn TR10 9FE
Information from the Cornwall Record Office about the new Kresen Kernow:
"The next phase of consultation for the new Kresen Kernow will begin this autumn when we will be asking for your thoughts on the outline building plans and activity plan (our programme of events and activities from 2015 onwards). Due to the very large number of people who signed up to our proposed focus groups, we are going to run four drop-in events across Cornwall for anyone with an interest in the project and our future service. Anyone who signed up for the users, volunteering, heritage/creative sector and learning/education focus groups will be welcome at any of the drop-in events. We will hold specific consultation sessions for young people and those interested in disability access. If you signed up for either of these groups we will be in contact. The dates for the drop-in sessions are:
Monday 27th October at Cornwall Record Office, Truro
Tuesday 28th October at the Cornish Studies Library, Redruth
Tuesday 4th November at Callington Town Hall
Thursday 6th November at Helston Museum
These events will run from 2:30pm-7:30pm, and will provide information about our plans and a chance to feed back. Some of the project team will also be on hand to answer questions and provide more details.
If you are not able to attend the events, you will still be able to find out more and comment via the Kresen Kernow web pages.
A full list of the events and the plans will be published on the web pages, at www.cornwall.gov.uk/kresenkernow, very soon.
The international push for World Heritage listing for South Australia's Cornish mining sites gains momentum
Source: ABC Online
Gallery: The Cornish mining influence in South Australia
The international push for World Heritage listing for South Australia's Cornish mining sites gains momentum
In the mid 1800s thousands of Cornish miners flocked to Burra in the state's Mid North and soon to Moonta on the Yorke Peninsula to mine two of the largest copper deposits in the world.
Philip Payton, a professor of Cornish and Australian Studies from the University of Exeter in the United Kingdom, says the sites deserve global recognition on the United Nation's heritage organisation's (UNESCO) World Heritage list.
It's an honour already bestowed on Cornwall's own sites, but Professor Payton says that only tells part of the story.
"It's not really complete until people recognise that actually there's an international linking," he says.
"That it's a global story and if places like Burra and the copper triangle don't feature in that somehow, the experience in Cornwall is diminished."
It's estimated 500,000 Cornish people left between 1815 and the start of World War 2 as the once booming mining industries on their home soil slowed down.
But their advanced mining skills were an asset to other projects emerging all over the world.
"They were cutting edge," says Professor Payton, with a life-long interest in the global Cornish influence.
"Cornwall was a sort of the centre of the skills and technology and the used the steam power for mining engineering was really developed and brought to its pinnacle."
"They were the expert hard rock miners so they could sink shafts in extremely hard rock whether it's granite or some of the hard limestone and they had a particular method of extraction."
"Burra first of all and then Moonta and Wallaroo became powerhouses of Cornish expertise and knowledge," says Professor Payton.
Mining began at Burra in 1845 and while the copper was initially processed back in Cornwall, four years later, a smelter began operating on the site.
Copper was later found at Moonta and nearby Wallaroo and Kadina, a region known at the 'copper triangle', and miners flocked there during 1859 and 1861,
While the mines at Burra and Moonta were silent by the 1920s, the influence the Cornish had on Australia's mining industry would ring loudly for decades.
"In the 1850s when there was the Victorian gold rush, large numbers of Cornish people actually upped and left from the Burra, then large numbers went from the copper triangle to Broken Hill.
"There was a kind of explosion of expertise and population from the South Australian copper areas to the whole of the rest of Australia."
"People of Cornwall and Europe didn't think of Australia as a source of mineral wealth, but the 1840s changed all that, and there after Australia became a significant mining area in the world."
Before the sites receive global acknowledgement Australia has to recognise them first.
The process for National Heritage listing is a long one, going on six years so far, but the end is in sight with an answer from the Federal Department of Environment expected as early as the middle of next year.
Dr Ash Lenton, is a researcher from Australian National University and involved with a project on the Cornish miners being used to support the case.
"Burra in particular is the birthplace of the industrial revolution in Australia," he says.
"Before about 1850 Australia was largely an agricultural economy but Cornish immigrants started to be imported into South Australia and Burra first of all, they brought with them industrial technology which had really only been seen in the UK up to that point.
"Burra was the very first place to have a Cornish beam engine which is a massive engine used for pumping water out of the ground."
"The first industrial strike was also at Burra, so it was the birthplace of industrial relations.
"Things changed in Australia when industry started."
Dr Lenton says he's feeling confident the sites in South Australia will make it to the National Heritage list, paving the way for global honour.
"Burra is easily one of the most important sites in the country," he says.
"Australia would've been a very different place if it wasn't for the copper mining that occurred here in the 19th century."
It's that sense of optimism the community's history enthusiasts want to hear.
Remembering Burra's miners
Eric Fuss' from the Burra History Group says his family came out from Cornwall to work on the site.
"On my paternal side the connections are with the German smelters, and my great-great grandfather migrated in 1848," he says.
"Initially he was shortly employed as a miner but then moved almost immediately to smelting operations because he came from the harts mountains area of Germany where he had smelting experience.
"On the Cornish side, it was my great, great, great, grandfather who migrated in 1851 with his descendants - 12 of them came out."
A fascination with his family's history drew Eric Fuss to the historical town, despite being born in Adelaide.
"When I was a child my grandparents both lived here and we came back regularly for holidays," Mr Fuss says.
"My grandfather use to take me up the mine at a time when none of the shafts were fenced, there were no barriers to anything so you could get right up close.
"In 1877 when the mine closed the companies walked out and just left it and up until the 1920s even the mine books in the office were still there.
"My father talked about going up there and looking through windows and there were papers blowing around in the office."
Julian Ratcliffe, a fellow history group member says preserving this site is key to preserving the town's story.
"I think sometimes Australians in general don't really have the attitude that Australian history is important but it does matter," he says.
"If other countries in the world are able to preserve their heritage, why not Australia?"
Click to see a new film from Piski Films - The Legend of Giant Bolster
Directed by Sheridan James Lunt. Narrated by Russell Hancock
First part of a new six-part web series, animating Cornish folklore. Each episode is to be animated using a different technique.
Giant Bolster is a stop-motion animation, made drawing pictures in sand.
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