From the WMN:
"The Royal Cornwall Museum has appointed a new director to oversee its work in Truro.
Ian Wall will leave his post as director of Creswell Heritage Trust on the Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire border, where he has worked for 20 years, to take up his new job this week.
Bryan Preston, chairman of trustees for the Royal Institution of Cornwall, the charity which owns and manages the Royal Cornwall Museum, said: “The selection of Ian Wall was a unanimous decision. Ian is not only passionate about collections, but about sharing them with local communities and visitors. He took Creswell Heritage Trust through a period of major change and development and therefore has a wealth of experience, which will benefit the RIC as it approaches its bicentenary in 2018. We are delighted to welcome him and his family to Cornwall.”
The RCM has seen many developments over the past decade, most notably a partnership with the British Museum, which resulted in the Ancient Worlds gallery opening in June 2012. This provided a better home for the unwrapped mummy, Isef-tayef-nakht, and a much-improved space for Cornwall’s schoolchildren to enjoy Egyptian workshops.
Having met more than 100 RIC members in November, Mr Wall has had the opportunity to listen to what makes people passionate about the organisation and the importance of the role it plays in communicating Cornwall’s history and culture to the people of Cornwall, as well as visitors to the region.
Mr Wall said: “I was attracted to this post because of the outstanding collections at the Royal Cornwall Museum and the opportunities to work with the wide range of organisations across Cornwall as well as national and international partners.
“This is a particularly exciting time to work at the RIC, a place which celebrates the rich and distinctive Cornish cultural heritage and its artistic expression. I am very excited about taking the RIC forward in to the next 200 years of its existence.”
The RCM is open Monday to Saturday from 10am to 4.45pm. Entry to the museum is free to RIC members and anyone aged 18 or under. Adults pay £5 for an annual pass.
Big Nos presents the annual Degol Stul (Twelfth Night) Nos Lowen - a celebration of Cornish Nos Lowen dancing with (at least) twelve bands!
Saturday 4th January 2014 6pm
Porthtowan Village Hall TR4 8AD Kernow
Cornish bands and singers:
Skillywidden, Kescana, Tredanek, Salt & sky, Crowd Control, Tri Kowetha, Caracana, Morveren, Gorvagas, Red River & Treggy Singers, Jo Tagney, Hornets, Bagas Crowd
Tickets £8/£6 on the door (u.11 free – accomp. Adult)
Catering by Lafafa
Nos lowen is a style of Cornish social dancing which has its roots firmly in the traditional Celtic dances of Cornwall
Top Cornish traditional music band Dalla is up for the Songlines 'Best Group' Award 2014.
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From the local Press:
"OVER 150 singers from local choirs joined in harmony on Christmas Eve for the traditional performance around the streets of Falmouth.
Despite rain showers and a restaurant alarm going off, the 90 members of the Cornish Harmony Choir (CHC) were joined by over 60 singers from local villages and towns, attracting a “sea of people" to hear them.
The group, with members of male voice choirs from across Cornwall, made their way from Grove Place to The Moor, stopping at selected points to sing traditional Cornish carols for gathering crowds.
“There was nothing but a sea of people looking down to the docks and up to the Grapes Inn when we sang outside the church – there must have been thousands there,” Ron Medlyn, choir chairman, said
The choir sang at five locations around the town centre, including the main concert at the steps of King Charles Church.
It was the 113th Christmas Eve performance for the CHC – formerly the Falmouth Docks Choir.
The Harmony members were joined by choristers from Treverva Male Voice Choir and Nankersey Singers as well as members of Constantine and Stithians choirs
and from choirs in St Ives and Mousehole.
The ancient Padstow Mummer's Day / Darkie Day festival takes place today, Boxing Day, and again on New Year's day
Padstow's Mummers' Day or Darkie Day forms part of an ancient tradition of midwinter festivals that were until quite recently celebrated all over Cornwall between Christmas Day and Twelfth Night. The festivals centred on the practice of guise dancing (also known as goose dancing), which usually involved the performance of a traditional play (known as a Mummer's or Mumming play) whilst wearing a disguise, traditionally a face blackened by soot and grease, which allowed the disguised players to lose their inhibitions.
A new academic paper from e-Keltoi - The Journal of Interdisciplinary Celtic Studies by Siarl Ferdinand, University of Wales, Trinity Saint David.
"Despite being dormant during the nineteenth century, the Cornish language has been recently recognised by the British Government as a living regional language after a long period of revival.
The first part of this paper discusses the history of traditional Cornish and the reasons for its decline and dismissal. The second part offers an overview of the revival movement since its beginnings in 1904 and analyses the current situation of the language in all possible domains."
A Brief History of the Cornish Language, its Revival and Current Status
Publication Date: Dec 2, 2013
The 23rd December is the annual date for the celebration of Tom Bawcock in Mousehole.
The festival is held in celebration of the efforts of legendary Mousehole resident Tom Bawcock to lift a famine from the village by going out to fish in a severe storm. During this festival Stargazy pie is served at the Ship Inn and depending on the year of celebration a lantern procession takes place.
This article is about this year's festivities
From Alison Hodge Publishers:
"Congratulations to author Liz Woods and illustrator Freya Laughton! It has just been announced that Cornish Feasts and Festivals, published in our Pocket Cornwall series, is the UK winner, Best Local Cuisine Book, of the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards 2013. Cornish Feasts and Festivals will now go through to the Gourmand Best in the World competition, which takes place in Beijing in May 2014.
The Gourmand World Cookbook Awards are regarded as the Oscars of food and drink books, attracting some 6,000 entries from 65 countries."
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