News from Cornwall Heritage Trust

The Guizer’s Tale

The latest Cornish Story Café was held in the King’s Arms, Luxulyan on 26 May. An audience of nearly forty was treated to an excellent evening of storytelling, music and acting from Merv Davey and his wife Alison. The theme of the evening followed the story of Cornish Guizing from its roots in the mystery plays to the present day with Pybaplus as a “special guest”. Guizer, Geeze Dancer or Goosey Dancer is a delightful dialect term that has its roots in both Cornish and English but has come to mean a folk custom involving a mixture of stories, drama, songs, dance and a certain element of misrule. Its Cornish origin is from the word “geys”, that means mockery, a jest or indeed a custom  and in English of course it has connotations of disguise. The Cornish Geeze Dancers may well be able to trace their lineage to the Cornish Mystery plays indeed the last few lines of Gwreans an Bys transcribed in 1611  announce: Minstrels growgh dhyn ny pyba May hallan warbarthe downssya Del ew an vaner ha’n geys Minstrels, pipe for us That we may together dance As is the manner and the guise   Merv and Alison performed the story with a range of traditional Cornish instruments that included the pipes and harp with a final appearance of the “special guest”! The evening was rounded off by questions from the floor and traditional Cornish music led by Merv and... read more

Trevithick! Secondary Schools offered FREE performance and workshop

Would your Secondary School like to take up the offer of a FREE Cornish history play and education workshop?  The Cornwall For Ever! project, led by Cornwall Heritage Trust and partnered by the Cornwall Lieutenancy, Cornwall Council and Sense of Place, is offering a performance of the critically acclaimed play Trevithick! and an education workshop to the value of £800 to secondary schools in Cornwall. The offer is strictly limited and is open to schools upon submission of a successful application form. The accompanying letter and application form provide more details about the play and workshop.  Trevithick! Trevithick! Application Form... read more

Cornish Story Cafe – “The Guizer’s Tale”

Kings Arms, Luxulyan Thursday 26 May, starting at 7pm We are delighted to announce another of our successful Cornish Story Cafe evenings. Led by Dr Merv Davey, Grand Bard of Gorsedh Kernow, it promises to be an evening of tales, music, song and maybe even... read more

Reading the Hurlers

On Tuesday last week 20 children from Darite Primary School visited The Hurlers, as part of the project “Reading the Hurlers”.  The children had a guided walk around the area and stopped for discussion and activities at Rillaton Barrow, Daniel Gumb’s cave, Stowes Pound and The Cheesewring before heading to the stone circles themselves.  The pupils took part in archaeology workshops in the morning led by Archaeological Project Coordinator Emma Stockley including putting together a skeleton and an archaeological interpretation activity.  To warm up the children were challenged to count the individual stones of the circles – we didn’t receive the same answer twice proving that they are indeed, as the legend suggests, impossible to count!  After lunch at the Heritage Centre, geology was the theme of the afternoon and Calum Beeson, Geological Project Coordinator explained the last 450 million years of geological events very animatedly in twenty minutes!  It was a great start to our programme of school visits and we’re looking forward to a very busy and exciting year. “Reading the Hurlers” is a project funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund with Cornwall Heritage Trust providing financial support to enable the project to include a comprehensive programme of school visits and activities.  For more information and for schools who would like to take part, please contact the Archaeological Project Co-ordinator, Emma Stockley If you would like to find out more about The Hurlers please click here ... read more

Cornwall Heritage Trust celebrates 30th Anniversary

The sun shone over the deer park at Boconnoc on Saturday as Trustees, past Presidents, members and friends attended a lunch to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Cornwall Heritage Trust.   Colonel Edward Bolitho OBE, President of the Trust, welcomed everyone to the event.  Unfortunately The Trust’s Royal Patron, HRH Duke of Cornwall, had not been able to attend the celebration, but Colonel Bolitho commented that the Trust’s work, which he described as “the conservation of some of the finest bits of our Cornish heritage and the encouragement of greater understanding of our Cornish history and heritage”, were matters that His Royal Highness both approved of and supported.   Chairman of the Trust, Lt Col Philip Hills, spoke about the history of Cornwall Heritage Trust and paid special tribute to the founder members and winners of the Sir Richard Trant Award for Heritage Champions that were present. Going on to speak about the work the Trust is currently undertaking, Lt Col Hills took the opportunity to launch the appeal to raise £500,000 for the Treffry Viaduct Restoration Project. Having successfully bid for funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund as part of a £3.473m project in conjunction with Cornwall Council the Trust now has to produce matched funding of £500,000 to complete the work within the Luxulyan Valley and restore the viaduct to full working order.   Those present enjoyed the music provided by the Kenwyn String Quartet and a delicious lunch, provided by The Hayloft, in the beautiful Garden Room at Boconnoc. Founder Member and Honorary Vice Chairman, Mr Carl Roberts, provided further entertainment as he cut the cake with... read more

Administrative Assistant Job Vacancy

We are looking for a part-time Admin Assistant to join our office team. We welcome applications for the post of Admin Assistant for our Charity, whose work is recognised throughout Cornwall. The successful candidate will work in a small friendly office environment and be part of a team of committed professionals, which includes the volunteer Trustees who give freely of their time and expertise for the good of the Trust and its work. The well-equipped office is on Threemilestone Industrial Estate, easily reached by car and bus, with free parking. The trustees have a flexible approach to the working hours and will adapt to accommodate the personal needs of the successful candidate. We are looking for a person who will take the expanding and varied work of the Trust forward, especially by capitalising on the use of the website and social media. The role is for 12 hours per week (days negotiable) with a salary of £17,300 (FTE) A job description and person specification can be found here: Job Description Administrative Assistant    Person Specification Administrative Assistant In your application please include: Your CV A letter of application addressing the elements of the person specification The names and contact details of two referees (Please note that we plan to contact referees for shortlisted candidates in advance of the interview unless you ask us not to.)    Send these to the Administrator, Cathy Woolcock at: To find out more about the Trust please see our website and Facebook page or call 01872 224014 Closing date for applications is Friday 15 April... read more

Sir Richard Trant Memorial Award – Heritage Champion 2016 – Nominations now open!

Applications are invited from all organisations in the heritage field to nominate an ‘unsung hero or heroine’ – someone who gives their time and energy in a voluntary capacity and has made a significant contribution to Cornwall’s heritage as the 2016 Heritage Champion.  For more information please refer to the Sir Richard Trant Memorial Award page. Applications may be downloaded from the website and sent to: Mrs C Woolcock Administrator Cornwall Heritage Trust 5 Kerns House Threemilestone Industrial Estate Truro, TR4 9LD Tel: 01872 224014   Sir Richard Trant Award Application form... read more

Cornish Story Cafe – Celebrate Picrous

For this event the ICS, Cornwall Heritage Trust and Storylines are combining forces with the Kings Arms at Luxulyan to mark the annual Picrous celebrations by holding a Cornish Story Café. Bob Keys, the President of the Cornish Audio Visual Archive, will be speaking about the Picrous story and how it can be understood in relation to local heritage and folklore. There will also be music and storytelling (if you would like to join in the music and storytelling you are very welcome). It is open to all and there is no charge but we would be grateful you could inform us if you are interested in coming since there will be refreshments.  For more details or to book your place please... read more

Academic Bursary Applications Invited

Applications are invited for Cornwall Heritage Trust bursaries, awarded to post-graduates in relevant fields who will be registered in 2015/16. The award is for up to £500 to assist in expenses for students producing a dissertation or thesis centred on an aspect of Cornwall’s Heritage: relevant fields focus on human activity relating to Cornwall. For more information and details of how to apply please see the flyer below. Bursary flyer Nov... read more

Polperro School head back to Victorian times at Lanhydrock

Sunny autumn weather brought out the beauty and grandeur of Lanhydrock House for the children of Landaviddy Class from Polperro School when they visited in October as part of their history topic. Knowledgeably guided by National Trust Volunteers, the children learned about the contrasting lives of the staff and family of Lanhydrock in Victorian times and saw first- hand the objects and technology of that era. They will use this experience and knowledge back in school to complete a cross-curricular project about people in the local area in the past. The transport for this trip was funded by the Cornwall Heritage Trust, and Polperro School extends their thanks for such generous support. The cost of transport is often a barrier to taking pupils out on field-trips, so CHT have really made a great difference to children’s learning. If you would like to find out more about how to apply for help with the cost of transport for schools to visit heritage sites in Cornwall click... read more