Press release from Kernowpods
The Economic Value of Cornish Culture Conference
A conference is being held at the Pool Innovation Centre on October 13th to focus on the business benefits and value of using the Cornish identity and culture.
‘The Economic Value of Culture’ will discuss possible ways of utilising the cultural tools available and identifying key organisations that can help your business make use of the term ‘Cornish’ for financial profit.
It will also look at some of the values associated with this term and the background to them.
Speaking at the event will be: Cllr Julian German, portfolio holder for economy and culture on Cornwall Council; Simon Tregoning, owner of Classic Cottages; Ross Williams, director of Cornwall Arts Centre Trust; Jenifer Lowe, programme manager for MAGA – the Cornish Language Partnership and Julie Seyler, cultural programme manager at Cornwall Council.
The conference will be introduced and MCd by Kim Conchie – chief executive of Cornwall Chamber of Commerce
Organiser, Matthew Clarke, said: “Cornwall is recognised around the UK, Europe and even the world on its own merits. People recognise it as a special place apart which has a distinctive culture and history. We are now being handed more and more tools to capitalise on this recognition that countless other places are envious of.
“We would be foolish not to grab this opportunity to make our identity and culture earn us much-needed income.”
To book a ticket for this free event, click here.
Source: The West Briton
"ARCHAEOLOGISTS have discovered some of the earliest human settlement sites in Cornwall at the under-construction Truro Eastern District Centre, prompting calls for the plans to be reviewed.
Ancient remains have been uncovered in excavations on the proposed site of a new household waste recycling centre on the land, also intended to house new homes, a Waitrose and a park-and-ride.
The remains could date back to the Mesolithic period – as many as 10,000 years ago.
There has also been the discovery of a causewayed enclosure from Neolithic times (4,000BC to 3,300BC), the earliest known enclosure of open space, which English Heritage describes as being "extremely rare".
Other discoveries have included a flint tool factory and other remnants of pottery and materials dating from various periods
The discoveries have prompted Truro Cornwall councillor Bert Biscoe to ask whether the area should be protected rather than built on.
"I have posed the question as to whether these discoveries should lead to a rethink of the site for the recycling centre," he said.
"There is no doubt that Truro does need a recycling centre, but I'm asking whether there's a better site in light of these archaeological finds."
English Heritage has already given its approval for the development on the site during the planning process, but it has been suggested it should rethink the decision.
Ian Hibberd, from the group Save Truro, which opposed the development, applied to English Heritage to declare the site a scheduled monument after news of the finds was made public.
He said: "They just came back and said, 'No' – it doesn't surprise me, really.
"I think there was a mistake made during the initial investigations and excavations on the site; if those had been properly reported I don't think the development should be allowed.
"I know they've said they can cover it so they will be preserved for future generations – should they wish to dig it all up again.
"However, I think they should be protecting it properly and giving people a chance to go and see it and learn about our past."
Mr Biscoe said the archaeology team at County Hall had been "very excited" about the discovery of the causewayed enclosure – especially in light of recent discoveries of similar settlements around Stonehenge.
"This site is clearly quite special and some of the discoveries are really quite something," he said.
"They can tell us a lot about early settlements here in Cornwall and what those settlers did."
In a statement Cornwall Council contractor Cormac, which is carrying out the work, said: "In 2012 archaeologists working at the site of the future Truro eastern park and ride discovered the remains of a prehistoric culture likely to have occupied the site over a long period, from the early Neolithic period, around 7,000 years ago, to the early Bronze Age, around 4,000 years ago.
"The Cornwall Archaeological Unit (CAU) has been monitoring the groundworks over the rest of the development site with the co-operation of the site contractors, Cormac Contracting Ltd. Other small finds continue to be excavated. The monitoring and recording by the archaeological team was always included in the programme so the location of finds has not affected the programme of works for the park-and-ride scheme. The CAU will catalogue their findings and undertake further analysis on the finds."
The new Salt and Sky website can be seen here
About Salt and Sky
From the new website:
"Fiddle duo Salt & Sky (Emma Packer and Lizzie Pridmore) bring a fresh sound to the folk scene with our energetic re-working of traditional Cornish music interleaved with new songs and tunes. Using just fiddles and voices, Salt & Sky’s unique take on traditional music will entice the ear and get feet tapping.
Salt & Sky was formed in 2013, grown from the Cornish folk music community and inspired by the lively tradition that we had joined. Since then, we have been given a warm welcome playing for dances and festivals across Cornwall.
Salt & Sky is a creative partnership – all of our arrangements come together as we are inspired by ‘new’ finds in the ever-growing Cornish folk tradition and play with the rhythms and melodies, fitting them together with our own new songs and tunes to create something completely unique. Emma is brilliant at creating strong rhythms support the music and get feet tapping – she also brings a much-needed love of simplicity! Lizzie is great at developing complex harmonies and has an ear for things that shouldn’t sound good, but do… Together we create music that is great for dancing and for listening."
To book Salt and Sky for an event contact firstname.lastname@example.org
News from the Cornish Studies Library, Redruth:
Recent Accessions at the Cornish Studies Library
"Since the last e-newsletter we have received a further 50 accessions. The largest of these is a copy of the Menheniot tithe map, which measures 2.8m by 3.6m. This map was surveyed by Messrs Henry Crispin junior and Richard Davie Gould and is drawn in ink and watercolour on linen-backed paper. Despite being nearly 175 years old it has suffered very little damage and is in better condition than the copy of the same map which we already hold and have digitised. It was, however, covered in dog hair so during the September collections week one of our archive assistants lovingly cleaned it using a museum-grade vacuum cleaner. She then made it a calico bag and shelved it safely in our strongrooms (reference P144/27/3).
The smallest document we have received this quarter is a Methodist class ticket dated December 1816. It measures less than 8cm by 5cm and is printed with a Bible verse. The name Mary Harvey has been written on it. We don’t know for certain which society this is for, but it could be the Redruth Wesleyan Society as it is believed to have come from a family with connections in this area. Given its size and ephemeral nature it is amazing that it has survived (reference X1416/1).
Many of the records we receive, such as the minutes for the last three years of Penryn Borough Council and the first 25 years of Penryn Town Council brought in recently by the Mayor of Penryn (references BPENR and PRTC), come from their original creator or their successors. Others reach us by far more circuitous routes. The most travelled document we have received this summer has to be a letter, originally sent by Richard Hoblyn in London to John Treis, steward, at Antony House near Torpoint in the summer of 1687 (reference AD2328). This was found in a bag of mixed documents purchased from a junk shop in New Zealand which was then acquired by a lady who took it into her local archive at Hawick in the Scottish Borders. Here she was astounded to be greeted by someone who not only knew where Antony House was, but had been to dinner there with the owners! (Paul Brough, formerly Historic Collections Manager for Cornwall Council, is now archive manager at the Heritage Hub in Hawick). The letter was then safely conveyed to us!
New Books at the Cornish Studies Library.
Cornish lives are explored in a selection of new books at the Cornish Studies Library.
Francis Basset: Lord De Dunstanville by James Whetter. (Lyfrow Trelyspen, 2014 ISBN – 0957467826) This detailed biography of Francis Basset of Tehidy combines research first published in issues of the magazine Cornish Banner during 2013. Born in 1757, Francis Basset is described by the author as 'one of the great Cornish figures of early modern times'. His life is commemorated with the monument on the summit of Carn Brea in Illogan parish.
Horses stood still: the lost letters of Richard Trevithick by Simon Parker. (Scryfa, 2013)
In this publication, Richard Trevithick's life is explored by Simon Parker through a series of imagined letters written by the great Camborne inventor and engineer to his daughter, Elizabeth. The letters build into a chronological account of his life, from his early years and school days, through work at East Stray Park Mine and the inaugural run of his revolutionary road engine, to his time in South America and London.
Apologise later: the biography of Robert Newton by Robert Penrose. (Simonthescribe, 2014, ISBN – 1291638725)
This book details the life of the actor, Robert Newton, from an idyllic childhood at Lamorna to the bright lights of Hollywood! He attended school in Newlyn and went on to star in many plays and films. He is best remembered for his roles as Long John Silver and Bill Sykes in Oliver Twist.
From Penwith Community Development Trust:
“Meet the Funders” for small Community Groups
"There are still a few places left for the Meet the Funders event taking place on the 2nd October at Marazion Community centre. It is an event for small grass-root community groups to be put in touch with funders who may be able to support your work. Local community groups can hear about different funding and discover what kind of local projects funders may wish to support financially.
Confirmed funders who are presenting at the event include the following:
· Cornwall Community Foundation
· The Big Lottery
· Cornwall Council
· The Church Urban Fund
· West Cornwall Youth Trust
· Devon and Cornwall Housing
Further information and a booking form are available to download from http://www.pcdt.org/index.php/meet-the-funders-for-small-community-groups or contact Adam on 01736 334667 or email email@example.com
Source: The Western Morning News
"The next Grand Bard of the Cornish Gorsedd will be elected by the entire membership for the first time in the cultural organisation’s history.
Following a change in its constitution in 2010, the college of bards will next year elect a new deputy grand bard who will, by tradition, become Grand Bard after the three years.
Since it was revived in 1928, Gorsedh Kernow, which works to preserve and promote Cornwall’s distinctive culture throughout the world, each new Grand Bard has been elected by a small Gorsedh Council. However, in recent years there has been pressure to widen the decision-making to include all 300-plus bards.
Much of the groundwork for the new arrangement was made by former Grand Bard, Mick Paynter. Speaking at its annual conference in 2009, he urged fellow members to embrace democratic change, stating: “We are a college of bards, but often it seems that only the council and the officers have a say in what goes on. Although the Grand Bard and deputy must be competent in the language, I would like to see these officers elected by general ballot. This would be a visible sign of greater democracy in our ranks.”
ADVERTISEMENT Nominations are now being invited, before an election next spring. To qualify for nomination, the candidate must be available to serve for three years and be proficient in the Cornish language.
David Holman, who has been given the task of returning officer for the process, said: “All candidates for election as deputy grand bard must be nominated in writing by a proposer and seconder, and all such nominations must be accompanied by the written consent of the candidate and a short election address.”
Mr Holman added that if only one candidate is proposed, that person will be recommended for election without a ballot.
Welcoming the move, Mr Paynter said: “The process of my own selection as Deputy Grand Bard had been a mystery to many and they felt that it needed to become both transparent and seen to be democratic.When I became Grand Bard I prepared a list of priorities which I put before the Gorsedd Council and which were accepted and publicised thereafter.
“We decided to follow the Welsh practice and to make the offices of Grand Bard and Deputy Grand Bard open to ballot, subject to the candidates being qualified to do the job. In Wales this is a literary qualification but in Kernow it is competence in Kernewek, our Celtic language.
“I am very grateful to Jori Ansell and his team for translating this proposition into a workable rule and am satisfied this brings us into the 21st century and will be part of the improved equipment needed so that we may cope with the growing demands on the Gorsedd.”
The results of the ballot for Deputy Grand Bard will be made public before he or she is installed at the open Gorsedh ceremony in St Austell next September. For more information visit gorsethkernow.org.uk
Read more at http://www.westernmorningnews.co.uk/Bards-embrace-democracy-election-future-leader/story-22980408-detail/story.html#iduZPt1uR02rTqyF.99
A play about Levant Miners in the 1st World War will give audience members the identity of a real soldier
Source: The Cornishman
"AUDIENCE members at a planned project to commemorate the miners of a west Cornwall community who marched off to war in 1914 may get a little more than they bargained for.
In what is being billed as "an intense theatrical experience", they will be conscripted, given the identity of a real Levant miner who fought in the First World War, kitted out and then march off to the trenches.
They will then find out what it was like to live under constant bombardment on the Western Front.
The simulation is being planned to commemorate the many men from Levant Mine, near Pendeen, who went off to war, and is being organised by Collective Arts Ltd and Miracle Theatre.
The companies will be working with students from local schools and the University of Exeter, alongside community and professional actors to bring the event to life.
The project has already secured a Heritage Lottery Fund award, and funding from partner organisations Cornish Mining World Heritage Site and the National Trust.
But before the show – planned for 2015 – can go on, it needs research volunteers.
Levant Mine custodian Anthony Power said: "The project requires an enormous amount of research and it is hoped that the material gathered will shed greater light on the history of Levant mine and the miners who fought in the First World War.
"This will create an important legacy, and provide a more definitive outline of the mining community around Levant mine from 1914 up to the present day. The project will also highlight the Levant mining disaster of 1919, and research those miners who survived the horrors of the war only to tragically die at Levant a year after the armistice."
Collective Arts creative director Jason Squibb said: "Families and relatives are already starting to get in touch with the most fascinating and poignant stories from Levant and the surrounding area; of brothers who were both tunnellers killed a few miles apart, and one soldier from Levant who woke up only to find himself on a mortuary slab."
Jason hopes that more relatives of men who fought from the area can assist them in their research.
The information and material gathered will be exhibited by Levant Mine and the National Trust during the production.
The performance will have about 80 participants each playing a real life character from the First World War.
To find out more about becoming a researcher contact Anthony Power on 01736 787634 or Jason Squibb on 07932 370031, or e-mail Jason on firstname.lastname@example.org
Project wants to unlock the origins of place-names
Source: Western Morning News
A project to help communities to discover more about the Cornish language through the names of local fields, farms, villages, streets, houses and families is getting under way in Lanivet, Heamoor and Redruth.
Kowethas an Yeth Kernewek (Cornish Language Fellowship) has appointed Penzance town councillor Rob Simmons to lead Taves an Tir (Tongue of the Land).
With support from the Cornwall Records Office, the scheme aims to use old records, maps and local knowledge to provide information.
As project officer, Rob will liaise with volunteers in each of three pilot locations to uncover the secrets of place-names and what they can tell us about the environment when Cornish was the main language spoken.
Rob Simmons, who brings with him a wealth of knowledge and experience in the field of historical research, studied international politics at Aberystwyth, before returning to Cornwall, where he has been a volunteer with Cornwall Search and Rescue Team, as well being elected to Penzance Town Council.
Rob has a good knowledge of working with volunteers and helped out with the Cornish language nursery Skol Veythrin Karenza with his family when it first started.
“I’m really excited to join this project,” he said. “Throughout Cornwall our ancient language is all around us, in the names of houses, streets and even settlements themselves. Yet many people have little idea of what these Cornish words mean and the history behind those names.
“The project is an exciting opportunity to unlock some of those mysteries and learn how the Cornish language still has such an impact upon the landscape.
“It is also an opportunity for communities to come together in a shared understanding of the places in which they live.”
Funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, the project is due to run in Lanivet, Redruth and Heamoor for two years.
Loveday Jenkin, of Kowethas an Yeth Kernewek, said: “We are very pleased to have Rob on the project and are particularly impressed with his strong presentational skills and enthusiasm.”
For more information visit cornish-language.org
Read more at http://www.westernmorningnews.co.uk/Project-wants-unlock-origins-place-names/story-22966867-detail/story.html#rfPGTjCSVOOmIwXv.99
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