Tracing Granite – St Piran’s Crossing

Tracing Granite – St Piran’s Crossing

Tracing Granite – St Piran’s Crossing A research programme and a series of projects that celebrated South West England’s granites and Cornwall’s dimension granite quarrying traditions, skills and practices.  CHT funded the research and development of the St Piran’s day celebratory events and launch day events with a grant of £2,000. The Tracing Granite programme included a commission from La Vallee des Saints, where David Paton and Stephane Rouget carved a 4.5 metre tall sculpture of St Piran.  Throughout the six months that the St Piran statue was carved at Trenoweth Dimension Granite Quarry (Mabe Burnthouse) the public were invited to visit, and also see the quarry and its working operations. St Piran’s Day 2018 was celebrated with a series of events around Cornwall using the scupllture before it was transported to La Vallee des Saints in Brittainy in May 2018 on board La Nebuleuse, a traditional Breton tuna fishing vessel. More Grants Tracing Granite – St Piran’s Crossing Grants Hark! The Glad Sound of Cornish Carols Grants Stepping St Michael’s Way – A Community Art Project Grants Coastguard’s Daughter Grants Wheal Martyn Water Wheel Restoration Project Grants Madron History Group Grants West Penwith Survey Grants The Garstin Archive Grants The Gibson Photographic Archive Grants St Buryan Cross Grants « Older...
Hark! The Glad Sound of Cornish Carols

Hark! The Glad Sound of Cornish Carols

Hark! The Glad Sound of Cornish Carols ‘Cornish Carols are unique and to have a publication that brings together the essence of that is marvellous. The hours and miles will have been well worth it I am sure. Congratulations to Sally and Hilary for the achievement’. Roger Gool (Leader of Padstow Carollers) Following the success of their 2015 book Shout Kernow, which won the Waterstones’ Holyer an Gof Award (also funded by CHT), Sally Burley and Hilary Coleman turned their attention to exploring the continuity and revival of the Cornish carolling tradition. During 2016 they travelled around Cornwall, recording stories, memories and local versions of carols. Cornish carols are special and have a long history which deserves recognition. These carols are part of Cornwall’s rich communal singing. “We hope the book will raise awareness of them and will preserve this heritage as well as increasing knowledge of Cornish history through the background of the carols and the local stories” said Sally Burley. Funded by the Cornish Heritage Trust, The Federation of Old Cornwall Societies and the Red River Singers, the book is accompanied by 2 CDs of recordings and contains 32 carols with associated history and photos. ‘Hark! The Glad Sound of Cornish Carols’ was published in November 2017 and immediately sold extremely well virtually selling out within a month! The good news is that a reprint will be done this Autumn for the next carolling season. Hilary and Sally were delighted when they received the following message from Bert Biscoe after he had read a copy of Hark and shared it with others:  ‘my mother-in- law has been...
Stepping St Michael’s Way – A Community Art Project

Stepping St Michael’s Way – A Community Art Project

Stepping St Michael’s Way – A Community Art Project Bringing communities together to celebrate the heritage themes behind this pilgrim route. St. Michael’s Way was used by pilgrims, missionaries and travellers, especially those from Ireland and Wales, to avoid crossing the treacherous waters around Land’s End. Dating back to pre-historic times (10,000BC – 410AD), it is believed that this route assisted in Cornwall’s rapid conversion into a Christian faith. The trail stretches from Lelant (near St. Ives) to Marazion (near Penzance) and stretches 12.5 miles/19.5 km.  Project Aims:   To create animated films on the theme of St Michael’s Way that can be shared and distributed widely promoting learning and appreciation for this historic route. Future aims: To form collaborations to raise awareness of St Michael’s Way both regionally and internationally. To work together to ensure that the route is maintained and conserved for future generations. When: September 2017- September 2018 Where: Penwith Who: Community Groups, businesses, Schools, Archive Centre, volunteers, historians, specialists and artists. Project outline After a period of consultation Tough Dough will deliver a series of activities that will include walks, talks, Tea treats and cooking events, art activities and film screenings. Learning Outcomes Tough Dough will raise the awareness of St Michael’s Way in different ways: Heritage, history, health and wellbeing and cultural connections with Europe About Tough Dough Tough Dough is a Community Interest Company. Tough Dough artists have been delivering creative projects in the community for 12 years.  Project themes have included Cornish culture, festivals, food and heritage. Workshops and activities are inclusive and aimed at diverse groups and schools. The outcomes include...
Coastguard’s Daughter

Coastguard’s Daughter

COASTGUARD’S DAUGHTER A community theatre project to take the play “The Coastguard’s Daughter” to various coastal towns, and to work with a different choir in each location so that each community engages with the production.  The grant of £2,500 was used to establish two workshops with each community choir. https://www.canvastheatre.co.uk/ More Grants Tracing Granite – St Piran’s Crossing Grants Hark! The Glad Sound of Cornish Carols Grants Stepping St Michael’s Way – A Community Art Project Grants Coastguard’s Daughter Grants Wheal Martyn Water Wheel Restoration Project Grants Madron History Group Grants West Penwith Survey Grants The Garstin Archive Grants The Gibson Photographic Archive Grants St Buryan Cross Grants « Older...
Wheal Martyn Water Wheel Restoration Project

Wheal Martyn Water Wheel Restoration Project

WHEAL MARTYN TRUST  18 FOOT WATERWHEEL RESTORATION PROJECT Wheal Martyn Trust, situated on the edge of St. Austell in Cornwall operates the UK’s only china clay mining museum. Wheal Martyn comprises a unique and important collection of built heritage and working mining infrastructure, which form a Scheduled Ancient Monument including water wheels and flat rods which are of high significance as the only two wheels in the St. Austell china clay area which remain in working order out of an estimated 150. Wheal Martyn was built on a hillside to help move clay slurry by gravity, however some settling pits are located above the mica drags so the slurry had to be moved by pump. In 1902 John Lovering built an 18 foot overshot water wheel and slurry pump for this purpose. The slurry was lifted by a bucket lift, lifting around 26 gallons (120 litres) per stroke powered by the wheel. The slurry pump is the only surviving pump of its type out of an estimated 200 used throughout the clay industry in Cornwall. As a result of many years’ exposure to the weather the water wheel and associated launder deteriorated to a stage in early 2016 where the buckets within the wheel had rotten so much so that the wheel could not function properly. A Conservation Management Plan developed for the site a couple years before highlighted the forthcoming needs of the water wheel, noting severe deterioration of the wooden buckets, rusting metal tie bars and rotting wooden launder. Patching work carried out by the onsite maintenance team over a number of years was no longer a sustainable...