From the Cornish Guardian:
Torpoint is proud to host the Gorsedh of the Bards of Cornwall in 2014, and on Saturday April 12th the ‘Proclamation’ that announces the coming of the Gorsedh Kernow ceremony in the town later in the year will be held.
A procession of around fifty robed bards will proceed through the town to Rendel Park where the ceremony, conducted by the Grand Bard of Cornwall, Maureen Fuller, will take place.
During the ceremony the Grand Bard will be accompanied by the ‘Lady of the Flowers’ and the honour of this role falls to a local young lady.
The tradition of preserving a history and culture of a Celtic people through poetry, song, dance, music, art and spoken word stretches back to the story tellers – Bards of ancient Celtic countries.
The procession will leave the Scout HQ building in Wellington Street, PL11 2DG, at 10.45am for the ceremony at Rendel Park at 11am. All are welcome to watch the procession and the ceremony and there is no charge for entry to the Park.
From the Institute of Cornish Studies:
A Very Special Suitcase!
They may look battered and tired but three very special old suitcases will soon be traveling around schools and communities in Cornwall. Schools are being invited to join an exciting local landmark pilot project in conjunction with the Institute of Cornish Studies and Cornwall Heritage Trust.
The suitcases will carry valuable resources to enable schools and local communities to explore and learn about the marvellous historic landmarks right on their doorstep.
The project was officially launched at the Penryn Campus on St. Piran’s Day 2014 and will initially run for 3 months.
The project, ‘Landmark Travels – our past in a suitcase’, involves a specialist team that will inspire children and teachers through workshops centred on Cornish landmarks such as Dupath Well, Carn Euny and Treffry Viaduct. Children involved will get the chance to visit these local landmarks and, with the help of the mystery contents of the suitcase, will respond creatively using a range of techniques. These will include storytelling, sculpture, painting, digital media, collage and poetry. At the end of each workshop, children’s responses will be folded, posted and attached to the inside of the old suitcases, which will then travel to the next school to inspire more young people to carry on this important work.
Sarah Chapman, one of the project team says, “From past experience, we have learnt that storytelling and creativity provide positive ways to engage children with their heritage in a meaningful, responsive and fun way. This project will expand on this and takes us out into the landscape to explore some of the fascinating historic landmarks on our doorstep.”
This project offers a different and innovative approach to engage people of all ages with their local heritage, spreading knowledge about Cornwall’s exciting past.
If you think your school could benefit from joining this exciting project, please contact Sarah Chapman on 07767382552 or email email@example.com
From The Heritage Journal:
Carwynnen: The Restoration of a Cornish Quoit
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"During a recent holiday in Cornwall, I took the opportunity to revisit Carwynnen Quoit, to see what progress had been made since my previous visit during the recent excavations. Seeing one of the uprights back in place has prompted me to put together this brief overview of the history of the quoit.
Built some time between 3500-2600 BC, this Cornish dolmen had (presumably) stood for millenia before its collapse and reinstatement in the early 1840′s. The recorded history of the quoit begins in the early 18th century, mentioned by Edward Lhuyd during his Cornish travels. It was later drawn by Dr Borlase, and this illustration was included in W.C. Borlase’s ‘Naenia Cornubia’in 1872. J.T. Blight’s ‘Ancient Crosses of West Cornwall’, published in 1858 also includes an illustration of the quoit, somewhat different from that drawn by Borlase.
A section of the capstone broke off when the monument fell in 1842, and during its reconstruction “by workers on the Pendarves Estate and local people, galvanised by Mrs Pendarves”, one of the supporting stones was reduced in height and the arrangement of the uprights was thus changed. Comparing this reconstruction to the original, W.C. Borlase noted:
The two supporters at the south-eastern end seem to have retained their original positions. They were, formerly, respectively 5 feet 1 inch, and 5 feet 2 inches above ground, and are still nearly the same height. The single pillar at the other side has been moved nearer the edge of the covering stone than in the above sketch; it measured 4 feet 11 inches high, but is now shorter. The covering slab, which, like the other stones, is granite, measures twelve feet by nine; one side, however, seems to have been broken in its fall.
The monument seems to have remained in this state for around 124 years, until in 1966 it collapsed again, reputedly due to an earth tremor. With thanks to Paul Phillips and the folks at the Sustainable Trust, we have photographs of the quoit taken a short time prior to it’s later collapse.
After the collapse, the Pendarves estate declined, and what were once the landscaped gardens of the estate were returned to agriculture. The collapsed stones were piled in a heap, and with repeated ploughing more stones came to the surface, to be added to the pile of ‘field clearance’.
My own first view of Carwynnen came in May 2007, whilst trying to ‘tick off’ all the Cornish quoits. There was actually very little to see – a field of scrub, with a few stones almost hidden amongst the weeds. But the site was purchased in 2009 by the Sustainable Trust and their partners, and plans were immediately put in place to once again restore the quoit to it’s former glory.
I returned in 2012, to find on the surface very little had apparently changed, the pile of stones was still there, looking much as before.
But now there was a noticeboard at the entrance to the field, indicating that the plans were very much under way. Later that year, two excavations were held in the field. The first was a preliminary investigation via a series of test pits. The stones were then moved using a crane, from the place where they had been left after the 1966 collapse, in preparation for the ‘Big Dig’ in the autumn.
In April 2013 I returned again, to attend ‘Quest for the Quoit’ a neolithic exhibition of crafts and an archaeological test pit dig. This was just one of a series of events and exhibitions both at the Quoit and around various parts of Cornwall to advertise what was going on, and to get the community involved. The day was a great success with a lot of local interest and involvement. And of course, the ‘Big Dig’ had provided the perfect surprise with the discovery of the original footprint of the monument, and the stone ‘pavement’, the original chamber floor. A year after the excavation of the original socketholes, in October 2013, the first of the uprights was put back up into place.
Although it looks quite forlorn, locked away inside it’s protective fencing, the other two uprights are scheduled to be raised to join it in May this year, followed by the placing of the capstone at Midsummer. I hope to be there to witness that.
Further details about the history, excavation and events at Carwynnen can be found on the project website at http://www.giantsquoit.org
Carwynnen Quoit is situated a short distance south of Camborne, in Cornwall. OS Grid Ref: SW650372, Sheet 203.
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From the site:
About the Museum
Housed in Helston's former Market House and Drill Hall, the museum building itself offers a valuable insight into the history and architecture of the town. Although the museum was founded in 1949, the building was originally designed as the town's Market House in 1837, with two separate buildings - one for butter and eggs, the other the meat market, and retains the original sloping granite floor.
The Museum expanded into the meat market in the early 1980s, then into the adjoining Drill Hall in 1999. A suspended gallery, the Loft, was also added at this time that in turn allowed the creation of the mezzanine art gallery.
A notable feature in front of the building is a cannon salvaged from the wreck of the frigate HMS Anson which foundered off Loe Bar in 1807. Around 100 sailors' lives were lost in the disaster which led to the pioneering work of Henry Trengrouse, featured in the Museum's Drill Hall.
The Museum's collection reflects both the social and industrial history of The Lizard Peninsula, from mining, fishing and farming through to home life in the 18th - 20th centuries.
The displays are complemented by the mezzanine gallery, used for regular art exhibitions and workshops, and the museum shop that provides a fine range of silver and local jewellery, cards, local books and minerals.
Previously run by Cornwall Council, management of the museum was taken over by the South Kerrier Heritage Trust in August 2013. The Trust is a local registered charity working with the community, and day to day work at the museum is largely undertaken by volunteers. Entry is free.
From the Institute of Cornish Studies
Celebrating St Piran’s Day on the Penryn Campus - the first Richard Angove Bursary is awarded.
On Wednesday 5th March the Institute of Cornish Studies held a special event in the Exchange Building to mark St Piran’s Day. It was decided that this would be an appropriate day to acknowledge the work of undergraduate students who are making a significant contribution to the work of Cornish Studies. The Richard Angove Bursary was officially launched last year in association with Cornish Quest. This is an annual award of £150 each to three outstanding undergraduate students doing courses associated with the Institute of Cornish Studies. The three winners for 2013-14 were officially awarded their certificates by Angela Angove, the chairman of Cornish Quest.
Angela said: "Cornish Quest was absolutely delighted at the high standard of the papers from the three student winners of the Cornish Quest Richard Angove Bursary. It was obvious to us all that Thomas Fidler, Miles Fowler and Will Orchard had researched very well and we are very proud of them all. We wish them well in their studies and endeavours in the future."
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From Falmouth University:
Students Set to Make History with New University Mace
Falmouth University is delighted to announce that students Callum Corbett and Robert Garraway have won the Making of the Mace design competition.
The second year BA(Hons) Sustainable Product Design students wowed a panel of judges with their conceptual design proposal featuring two intertwining silver helixes around a charred, Cornish oak centre pillar.
Professor Anne Carlisle, Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive commented, "I am delighted to announce that Callum Corbett and Robert Garraway have won the Making of the Mace design competition. The standard of entries was outstanding but their simplicity of design, rich concept and pairing of materials really impressed the judges. Both Callum and Robert are a credit to their course and will be responsible for an important element of history for both the University and the region."
Robert and Callum were thrilled with the news. Robert responded, "It's a fantastic opportunity for us professionally and I'm delighted to be part of something with such longevity." The pair created the design together and submitted a full proposal with CAD modelling alongside a sketchbook documenting their influences.
Both Robert and Callum are from the South West of England and were keen to respond to the regional emphasis within the design brief. Callum explained, "The design depicts the institution's journey from a small arts college to becoming Cornwall's first University. The bottom of the base is representative of a seed, alluding to its humble beginnings. Emerging from within the seed is a charred, Cornish oak core and two intertwining silver helixes symbolising the flourishing university campuses and the beloved traditions of Cornwall and the South West."
The winning design will be shepherded into life by Dr David Hawkins, Associate Dean of Research & Innovation at Falmouth. Dr Hawkins, who previously designed Plymouth University's mace, will collaborate with Callum and Robert to ensure the translation of their winning design during production.
To document the historic occasion, the design and production process will be captured in a short film and exhibition. Falmouth's mace will be unveiled at the 2014 graduation ceremonies in September.
For more information about Sustainable Product Design at Falmouth visit: falmouth.ac.uk/sustainableproductdesign
The Cornish Culture website has been updated and expanded. Cornish Culture online is a free guide to the unique and vibrant indigenous culture of Cornwall. The website is part of the "Celebrate Kernow" project, a campaign designed to encourage new people to participate in Cornish Culture.
New website - the birds of Cornwall
Omma yw kynsa rann an roll Ydhyn a Gernow yn Kernowek / Kernewek. Yma 228 edhen y'n roll ma.
Here is the first part of Birds of Cornwall in the Cornish language. There are 228 birds in this list.
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