News from Cornwall Heritage Trust

Works taking place at Carn Euny

Cornwall Heritage Trust has been working alongside English Heritage over the last few weeks to address issues that have arisen following the collapse of some walling from the creep leading into the fogou on the site. Viewed from within the fogou itself, about a dozen stones have fallen from the left-hand-side of the creep and a large stone has fallen out from underneath some other stones, which remain in situ but appear to lack support. While the site is still open to visitors it should be noted that the creep is presently blocked off and visitors to the site cannot gain access to the fogou. English Heritage have been on site and are working to resolve the situation as soon as possible.   To learn more about Carn Euny please click... read more

Royal Cornwall Show 2018

This time last week we were preparing for Royal Cornwall Show; thank you to everyone who visited us or volunteered to help run the stand over the 3 days!  Special thanks to the dancers and musicians from Tan ha Dowr who came and entertained everyone on Saturday afternoon.    ... read more

Patronage Garden Party at Buckingham Palace

On Tuesday four Trustees and one member of staff were lucky enough to attend a Garden Party at Buckingham Palace in honour of the 70th birthday of HRH The Prince of Wales. Cornwall Heritage Trust were invited to attend because His Royal Highness is Royal Patron of the Trust. A full report of the day will be reported in the next members newsletter however we hope you will enjoy a few photos from the... read more

Don’t miss the boat!

All members and donors should now have received either a letter or email from CHT giving them the options for how to be contacted in future.  It has been a massive exercise and has taken the staff many hours to complete!! Why was it necessary? The Data Protection and Privacy regulations in the UK and EU are being updated (GDPR), as a result many charities and organisations are undertaking some housekeeping to ensure that they are ready for the new requirements.  In order to keep in touch with our members and donors everyone has to give consent to be contacted and choose which method of communication they would prefer is used e.g. email or post.   The newsletters, Annual Review and AGM notifications that members are entitled to receive are not affected because they are part of the membership package however any other communication about the Trust’s activities, events, campaigns and fundraising would need to have consent. What do you need to do? If you provided us with your email address you should have received an email in the last week asking you to complete and return a simple online form.  If we do not have your email address we will have posted you a leaflet, complete with an SAE to return the detachable reply form to us. What happens if you do not respond? You will still receive your newsletters, Annual Review and AGM notification however you have to “opt-in” to provide us with your consent to send you other news and updates.  If we do not receive your consent by May 25th 2018 we will have to assume that... read more

Nominations for Heritage Champion 2018 now open!

We are pleased to announce that nominations for the annual Sir Richard Trant Memorial Award for Heritage Champion 2018 are now open. Last year’s winner was Carole Vivian who was a very worthy recipient of the prize.  Carole was nominated for her tireless work establishing and organising the Cornwall Association of Local Historians (CALH) as well as presenting talks and tours all over Cornwall. For more information on the award or if you would like to nominate an unsung hero or heroine who has made a difference to promoting, preserving or strengthening  Cornwall’s unique heritage in a voluntary capacity please click... read more

Cornish Song Project

Last year the Trust organised the Cornish Song Project with children from Wadebridge, Perranporth, Newlyn East and Newquay to introduce children to traditional Cornish songs.  The children took part in workshops to learn the songs with the aim of performing them at the Lowender Peran Festival.  The songs and music were recorded live at Lowender Peran and the audience was encouraged to join in by projecting the words onto a screen.  The songs, backing tracks and scores can be found on the CHT website and are available for schools to use.  There is also some background and history to each song and links to more information and resources that may be useful.  Huge thanks to everyone that helped to make this project so successful, it is very much hoped that Cornish schools will find this a valuable resource! To access the song resources and to find out more about this project please follow the link: Cornish Songs in Schools... read more

Cornwall Heritage Trust Membership and Gift Aid

Thinking about Membership to the Cornwall Heritage Trust?  If you are not already a member, or you know someone who would like to join Cornwall Heritage Trust, you can find all the details you will need including payment options on our Membership web page Prices include £10 for an Annual Senior Membership, and £25 for a Family. This is a perfect present for friends or family members who love Cornwall as much as we do.   Members receive a membership card, Annual Review of our activities, an invitation to attend our AGM, as well as details of certain benefits available as a member. All the money received from membership subscriptions helps Cornwall Heritage Trust to continue its work to preserve and strengthen our unique Cornish heritage. Donating through Gift Aid means Cornwall Heritage Trust can claim an extra 25p for every £1 you give, from the tax that you pay.  It won’t cost you any extra.  To help Cornwall Heritage Trust claim the extra funds all you need to do is complete a Gift Aid declaration form confirming that you are a UK Taxpayer, and that you have paid enough tax to cover the Gift Aid. If you would like a Gift Aid Declaration Form please email our office or telephone on 01872 224014 and we can post or email one to you.  ... read more

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