News from Cornwall Heritage Trust

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

Landmark Travels update

Continuing the theme of landmarks as a starting point to share memories and experiences, we have held a series of events and workshops as part of the ‘Landmark Travels; Our Past in a Suitcase‘ project. A focus on landmarks has provided a fascinating way to explore place and we have been delighted to see how the project has been developing.   On what could have possibly been the only sunny day in August we held a Families Day at Carn Euny. Enthusiastic families explored the ancient village through the story of a young boy and engaged in a range of drop in activities by navigating the site with a special map (read more). In September and October we held Memory Days in Wadebridge (read more) and Trethurgy (read more). These were both well attended and have provided us with valuable contacts of people willing to be recorded over the winter. We will then edit some of these recordings down to 3-4 minutes, link them with images and create a series of digital stories that we will put online, show at events and take into schools. Finally we have begun our ‘Landmark Memories’ workshops, with the first one in Marazion, where we spent a wonderful afternoon sharing personal memories of significant landmarks and creating 1940’s style folding postcards to capture these (read more).   SAVE THE DATE! Our next ‘Landmark Travels’ event is a Community Day, which will take place at Treffry Viaduct on Sunday 22nd November 2015 from midday-4pm and is FREE. Come and explore the magnificent Treffry Viaduct through a range of fun and exciting drop-in activities for all ages. Find us in various locations... read more

“Reading The Hurlers” Project receives £33,700 from Heritage Lottery Fund!

Saltash U3A has recently been awarded £33,700 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), for an exciting project called Reading the Hurlers.  The community geo-archaeological project focuses on the early Bronze Age site of the Hurlers stone circles, near the village of Minions, Bodmin Moor.  As part of the project, volunteers will undertake a geological survey and produce a profile of the area’s granite resources which will aim to identify the sources of granite which the standing stones of the Hurlers were quarried from.  In September 2016, an archaeological excavation of a potential new stone circle, situated very close to the Hurler’s complex will be undertaken by Cornwall Archaeological Unit.  This excavation is supported by a grant from Cornwall Archaeological Society and members of CAS are invited to take part in the excavation alongside members of Saltash U3A.  Financial support from Cornwall Heritage Trust has meant that Reading the Hurlers will also include a comprehensive programme of school visits and activities.  For more information and for schools who would like to take part, please contact the Project Co-ordinator, Emma... read more

The Memories Flowed!

The Memory Day in Wadebridge on 21st September positively buzzed. There was much interest in the photographic exhibits, which included the history of Wadebridge and its bridge, Trevanion Culverhouse, the railway, and local people – all of which triggered reminiscences and lots of animated chat over tea and cakes. The event, hosted by Storylines and Wadebridge and District Museum, was held at The Exchange and the museum as part of ‘Landmark Travels – Our past in a suitcase’ which is working with schools and communities across Cornwall to unearth local history. This 2-year project is led by Storylines, the Institute of Cornish Studies and the Cornwall Heritage Trust, and is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and Cornwall Heritage Trust. Over the winter months, the Storylines team will be following up with the people who came forward at the Memory Day to record their memories and make a series of digital stories. These digital stories will combine extracts of the oral history interviews, with people’s personal images, creating wonderful resources which can be shared online, at events and within the school work that will take place over the next year. Thanks to everyone for your participation and offers of help. We look forward to follow up... read more

Breaking News – Heritage Lottery Fund Grant success!

  Successful Heritage Lottery Fund bid to support Luxulyan Valley Heritage Restoration Project A joint bid from Cornwall Council and Cornwall Heritage Trust for the Luxulyan Valley Heritage Restoration project has received earmarked funding of £3,473,800 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF). Earmarked funding means the outline proposals for the project meets HLF criteria for funding and HLF believes the project has potential to deliver high-quality benefits and value for Lottery money. The project now has 2 years to submit fully developed proposals to secure a firm award. Development funding of £246,800 has been awarded to help Cornwall Council and Cornwall Heritage Trust progress plans to apply for the full earmarked funding. The Luxulyan Valley Heritage Restoration project aims to carry out extensive conservation and interpretation of the valley’s industrial and natural heritage and will be underpinned by an activity programme that will engage new audiences, improve accessibility and provide inspiring training and volunteering opportunities for the local community. Cornwall Council cabinet member for housing and environment Joyce Duffin said: “This is fantastic news. Luxulyan Valley is a hugely important part of Cornwall’s industrial and natural heritage and is of national and international significance. To be given the funding green light by the Heritage Lottery Fund is a major boost.  It will allow the Luxulyan Valley Heritage Restoration project to work on plans to not only conserve our heritage, but to also share the story so that more people can appreciate the amazing historical significance of the valley.”  Nerys Watts, Head of HLF South West, said: “The Luxulyan Valley is a little-known but stunning part of the Cornish landscape. ... read more

King Charles meet King Henry VIII!!

The Year 2 children from King Charles Primary School came face to face with King Henry VIII last week when they visited Pendennis Castle with the help of a Grant for Schools Transport  from Cornwall Heritage Trust. Class teacher Michelle Clayton reports: “The children enjoyed their visit. First we explored the Tudor artefacts and the children dressed up in rich and poor clothes . We made our way to the castle where the children were surprised by Henry VIII ( our head of school!) who sent them on a quest with a reward that allowed them to travel back in time!  After that we explored the half moon battery and the rest of the grounds and we drew the castle.  Our topic is about the history of Falmouth.”   While the children were able to learn more about their history topic the visit also enabled them to enjoy cross curricular links to art, science, literacy and geography as well! Cornwall Heritage Trust is delighted to have been able to help the children to visit the Castle and while they cannot promise visits from historic Monarchs at every trip they can help more schools to enjoy similar trips to heritage sites in Cornwall.  For more information on Grants for School Transport and for an application form please click here.... read more

Sir Richard Trant Memorial Award – And the winner is…

At the 30th Annual General Meeting of the Cornwall Heritage Trust the winner of the Sir Richard Trant Memorial Award for “Heritage Champion 2015” was announced as Mr Ted Gundry. The Lord Lieutenant of Cornwall, Colonel Edward Bolitho (President of the Trust), presented Ted, known to many for his years presenting on BBC Radio Cornwall, with his award at the meeting held at the Pool Innovation Centre on Wednesday 23rd September 2015. Ted was awarded the prize for his work creating an archive of interviews and recordings of stories from a career spanning over 50 years, as well as his contribution to Cornish Gig Rowing and his tireless work as Advocate of Cornish social and cultural heritage.  Colin Edwards, Chair of the Award committee, commented “Ted looked after the spoken heritage of Cornwall…recording, commentating and contributing to Cornish heritage and making it available to all.” Ted declared himself “speechless and flabbergasted” at winning the award although he acknowledged that this is “unusual for him”! He compared oral history to archaeology: “you never know what you will find.”  Ted will give the Dr John Rowe Memorial Lecture at the next Cornwall Heritage Trust AGM and has already tantalised his audience with promises of tales of Dr Crippen and Ronnie Biggs – one not to be missed! Members and Trustees enjoyed a fascinating talk by Pip Richards of The Sustainable Trust who gave The Dr John Rowe Memorial Lecture on “The Restoration of Carwynnen Quoit – a Community Project”.  Pip was the winner of the Sir Richard Trant Memorial Award in 2014 and entertained and educated her audience with the story... read more

Cornish Story Cafe – The Strange Disappearance of Jane Trinidade

In 1822 Jane Trinidade (neé Johns) and her husband José disappeared from Cornwall.  Jane did not reappear again until 1841. Come and hear her story and bring any research that you have done into this remarkable lady as Cornwall Heritage Trust hosts another of its popular Cornish Story Cafes. There may even be some singing afterwards!   Cornish Story Café (Whethlow Kernow)  Being held at The Cornishman in Crantock at 6pm on Monday 12th October – all are very welcome to come along and be entertained! For more information please contact... read more

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