Cornwall Heritage Trust started presenting their virtual story cafes in January 2021. They have been a great success so far, and we are planning to roll out more online events until it is safe for the real story cafes to take place again.
We are very grateful to Cornwall Community Foundation who helped to fund our virtual story cafes.
We will be adding the recordings of all the story cafes onto this page, please keep checking after each event for the video links.
Upcoming Story Cafes
On Thursday 21st October at 7.30pm we will be hosting our October Story Cafe ‘Trethevy Quoit’ with Andy Jones via Zoom and live on our Facebook page.
In our free virtual Story Cafe, Andy Jones will provide a summary of the findings of the 2019 excavations and the ongoing research.
Trethevy quoit, an impressive Neolithic ‘dolmen’ burial chamber stands 2.7m high, comprising 5 standing stones surmounted by a huge capstone. Cornwall Heritage Trust acquired the field in which the Quoit stands in 2016 to improve access and preserve the quoit. Trethevy Quoit was put on Heritage at Risk Register in 2017 due to past erosion by livestock and fencing damage. Now owned by Cornwall Heritage Trust and Historic England active monitoring and stability of the site is being maintained.
An archaeological excavation in 2019 made an exciting discovery. Volunteers of Cornwall Heritage Trust and the Cornwall Archaeological Unit took part in the dig, which was supervised by Andy Jones. A large below-ground feature was found positioned close to the Quoit itself and, on investigation, this was found to be a significant platform of greenstone. The material had been quarried locally and brought to the site and was clearly an integral part of the monument.
Andy Jones, the Principal Archaeologist with the Cornwall Archaeological Unit, graduated from Sheffield University’s Department of Archaeology and Prehistory in 1991. His interests include the Neolithic and Bronze Age periods.
Tickets to book a place on the Zoom event will be available from 28th September (pm) https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/trethevy-quoit-a-virtual-story-cafe-with-andy-jones-tickets-180749766417
The story cafe will be simultaneously live streaming to our Cornwall Heritage Trust Facebook page during the event.
After the event a recording of the story cafe will be uploaded to our Youtube channel and website.
Dynamite Works by Peter Channon – September 2021 – a talk and walk
The history of the Cornish Language between 1777-1904 by Kensa Broadhurst – April 2021
Kolar’s Gold with The Rowan Tree – March 2021
For more information about the Kolar’s Gold multimedia project and details of how to buy the CD please visit : https://www.therowantreemusic.com/about
Turf Cutting for Fuel on Bodmin Moor with Peter Herring – February 2021
The publications mentioned in Peter’s talk are available at:
The Bodmin Moor : An archaeological survey Volume 1 The Human Landscape to 1860, can be downloaded here: https://map.cornwall.gov.uk/reports_event_record/1994/1994R034.pdf
Volume Two is available to purchase at :
The Bodmin Moor : An archaeological survey Volume Two The industrial and post-medieval landscapes
Cornish Scoot Dancing with Merv and Alison Davey – January 2021
We know that some other organisations are also running online events, so we thought it would be a great idea to share these on our website as well. If you are an organisation and would like to add your events to this page, please get in touch!
The Archives and Cornish Studies Service, Kresen Kernow
The Archives and Cornish Studies Service, based at Kresen Kernow have been running free online events, which you can book via their Events page on their website : https://kresenkernow.org/events/
They also have links to the recordings of previous events on the Kresen Kernow Youtube channel
Cornish Story are presenting a series of Live events about Cornish Diaspora which you can book online.
Cornwall Archaeological Society
Cornwall Archaeological Society have recorded a very interesting series of Winter Lectures, available below, as well as on their website.
The talk on Trethevy Quoit is particularly interesting to us as we manage this site on behalf of English Heritage and own the field surrounding the Quoit within which the platform of Greenstone was discovered.
Truro’s High Cross: A chequered history Andrew Langdon
Trethurgy revisited in colour Henrietta Quinnell
Innovations in Zennor: Optically Stimulated Luminescence Dating Shines a Light on The Early Origins of Bosigran’s Famous Fields Pete Herring and Soetkin Vervust
A vast extent of country and time Cathy Parkes
Trethevy Quoit, in light of recent work Andy Jones