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‘Gwytha ha Crefhe’ – Preserve and Strengthen our Unique Cornish Heritage

Cornwall Heritage Trust

Cornwall Heritage Trust protects some of the most iconic sites in Cornwall, such as Treffry Viaduct, Castle an Dinas and Sancreed Beacon. We regularly provide grants to other heritage organisations and our education programme helps to promote a greater appreciation of Cornwall’s unique heritage.


Treffry Viaduct and Luxulyan Valley project receives £3.6m National Lottery funding

The Luxulyan Valley is set to benefit from a £3.6 million National Lottery funding injection to restore and conserve the Valley’s physical and natural environment for future generations to enjoy. The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) grant was awarded to Cornwall Council, in partnership with Cornwall Heritage Trust after years of work to secure the funds. The Luxulyan Valley is widely acknowledged for the importance of its industrial heritage and is part of the Cornish Mining World Heritage Site, as designated by UNESCO. It contains a complex system of leats (artificial water courses) which delivered water essential for the efficient working of some of central Cornwall’s most important copper mines. Water from the Valley was also conveyed by leat to the copper ore and china clay shipping port at Charlestown, and via a purpose built canal to the mineral harbour at Par. The National Lottery funding will be used to restore the two leat systems within the Valley and also its ‘jewel in the crown’ – the spectacular Treffry Viaduct, built from 1839-1842. Cornwall Council will fund a separate hydro-electric turbine at Ponts Mill, reusing water from the restored leat systems. The electricity generated from the turbine will be sold to the national grid and fund the ongoing conservation of the Valley. The Viaduct is an imposing granite structure which carries the Carmears Leat and tramway high above the Valley floor. At 27 metres tall, over 200 metres long and with 10 equal span arches this all-granite structure is an amazing feat of engineering. It is the most spectacular surviving monument to the horse drawn tramway era, for which the... read more

AGM and Heritage Champion Award winner 2017

Trustees were delighted to welcome members and friends to the Trust’s 32nd Annual General Meeting, held at the National Maritime Museum Cornwall, a couple of weeks ago. Colonel Edward Bolitho, President of CHT, described the Trust as achieving “remarkable things” during the year and thanked everyone for all their hard work.  During the Chairman’s Address Lieutenant Colonel Philip Hills described the year as being “dominated by the Luxulyan Valley Project”.   Members were advised that the stage 2 bid for the Luxulyan Valley Project has been submitted with a decision expected imminently.  This project will see the refurbishment of Treffry Viaduct as well as reinstatement of the water running across the aqueduct channel.  Members were also interested to hear about the launch of the Kernow Bys Vykken website, the culmination of the project to digitise the Millennium book – Cornwall Forever! – given out to every school child in Cornwall in the year 2000. Following the business of the AGM the Sir Richard Trant Memorial Award for Heritage Champion 2017 was awarded to Carole Vivian for her work establishing and organising the Cornwall Association of Local Historians (CALH) as well as her extensive work giving talks to groups on the history of their locality.  Carole also supports the work of the Cornwall Historic Churches Trust by designing and running a tour of a different area of the County and then producing a companion booklet for sale with the proceeds going to the CHCT.  Carole’s untiring efforts in promoting Cornwall’s history made her a very deserving recipient of the Heritage Champion 2017 Award.  There were a number of very worthy nominations for the award this year... read more

Liskeard Unlocked

Cornwall Heritage Trust is delighted to support the “Liskeard Unlocked” Project which is taking place from the 7th to 10th of September. Part of the National Heritage Open Days Scheme, visitors to Liskeard will have the chance to view buildings which are normally closed to the public and discover the hidden stories of Liskeard.  The Masonic Hall, St Martin’s Church tower and the Cornish Times Archive, as well as a selection of private houses, will all be open.  There are also a series of art workshops available, all linked to the Liskeard Unlocked project. The project applied for funding through the Cornwall Heritage Trust’s new small grants scheme, where grants of up to £500 can be applied for at any time throughout the year to make it easier for smaller projects to get started.  CHT also offers larger grants to heritage organisations in Cornwall, for more information on our grants schemes please click here . For more information about Liskeard Unlocked please refer to the booklet below. Liskeard Unlocked leaflet  ... read more

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