Supporting the Arts

Supporting the Arts

Cornwall Heritage Trust has supported schools and education projects for many years.  We have now decided to expand that programme to the arts. We will be supporting arts projects that provide a legacy for future generations to appreciate Cornish art heritage whether it be dance, music, drama, photography etc.  The finer details of the award programme is being worked out but will published on this website...
Cornish Story Cafe in Looe

Cornish Story Cafe in Looe

Cornwall Heritage Trust was pleased to sponsor the first Cornish Story Cafe in Looe.  Locals and visitors alike were treated to a story about a Cornish fisherman from Newlyn and his adventures through Canada and USA in 1911.  The venue overlooked the harbour at the newly refurbished Portbyhan Hotel and this was a chance for people with an interest in local history to come together in an informal and friendly atmosphere. The situation of the café couldn’t have been better with fabulous views of the beautiful old luggers that had just arrived for this years regatta. The event was organized by Cornwall Heritage Trust in conjunction with Cornish Memory and Looe Old Cornwall Society. People were able to relax with food and a glass of wine to hear a story about the Newlyn fishing riots of 1896 and Cornishman William Guy’s adventures across Canada and USA to the Californian gold mines in 1911. Lamorna Spry told the story which was based on extracts from William’s diary.  Artefacts from his journey included a leather money belt which showed just how thin he was! People were also able to browse through old photographs of Looe provided by Azook’s Cornish Memory project. Miner Quay, the Looe shanty group, finished off by entertaining everyone with music that traced William’s journey from the ‘Leaving of Liverpool’ to ‘Far from Home’. Everyone was keen to have another repeat event and Cornwall Heritage Trust is now planning a series of Story Cafes around Cornwall as it certainly seems to be a popular...
Support for Cornish Wrestling

Support for Cornish Wrestling

Cornwall Heritage Trust were thrilled to see the embroidered wrestling shirt publicising our support of this wonderful sport.  The Cornish Wrestlers joined our stand at the Royal Cornwall Show and a number of us watched their excellent demonstrations.  This is obviously a sport which is enjoyed by young people of all ages.   Cornwall Heritage Trust has provided a grant to enable the Cornish Wrestling organisation to provide cups to these young people at their competitions.  Check out our events page for the next round of competitions and do go and support this iconic Cornish...

Treffry Viaduct Appeal

Cornwall Heritage Trust has launched an appeal to save the magnificent Treffry Viaduct towering so majestically over the beautiful Luxulyan Valley Country Park. Not only is it a very beautiful landmark, but those who are familiar with this wonderful imposing feat of Cornish engineering will understand why it is so important to save a quintessential part of our great industrial heritage. The work needed to save the viaduct is estimated to be in excess of £2m and so we are urgently appealing for donations to our Treffry Viaduct Repair Fund. A large part of the magical appeal of the Luxulyan Valley has always been the water running in the leat system, once used to power the tramway and machinery on the Fowey Consols copper mine. Nowadays the water still serves a useful purpose, and is sent in a pipeline down the hillside to a hydro-electric generator at Ponts Mill. The magnificent ten-arched Treffry Viaduct, opened in 1842 and now owned by Cornwall Heritage Trust, forms the centrepiece of the leat system. However, a recent survey revealed a new and very large leak from the base of the viaduct posing a serious risk to the footings of the masonry. Other water leaks have caused significant erosion of mortar from the masonry joints as well as encouraging vegetation to take root, causing still further damage to the joints and mortar. If we do not act quickly, the footings will be destroyed, ultimately leading to the collapse of the viaduct. The viaduct is a masterpiece of 19th century Cornish engineering, having been built to carry both a horse-drawn tramway across the valley and...
Our Annual Review 2013/14

Our Annual Review 2013/14

Daswel Bledhynnyek 2013/14 The latest Cornwall Heritage Trust Annual Review for the year 2013/2014 is available to download now using the link below. Cornwall Heritage Trust Annual...