This afternoon saw the 35th Annual General Meeting of Cornwall Heritage Trust take place in a slightly different format than usual. Due to the Coronavirus lockdown restrictions the meeting took place online using Zoom and sadly it was not possible to invite members and friends as we usually would. Despitethis, almost a full complement of Trustees and staff joined Colonel Edward Bolitho, CHT President, to review the past year and undertake the statutory business.
We are delighted to announce that Lt Col Richard Trant was elected Chairman of the Trust; taking over from Mrs Clare Jacques who has served as interim Chair since May. Colonel Bolitho thanked Mrs Jacques on behalf of Trustees and awarded her Honorary Life Membership as a thank you for her steady leadership in such uncertain times.
Lt Col Trant has been a Trustee of Cornwall Heritage Trust since his retirement from the Army in 2014 and subsequent return to Cornwall to embark on a new career in business, however his links to the Trust stretch back far further as his Father, General Sir Richard Trant, was Chairman of the Trust for many years.
At the end of the meeting a slideshow of photographs reminded all present how successful the past year had been for the Trust and everyone agreed that we hope to get back to business as usual as soon as possible!
Did you know that you can make a quick text donation to Cornwall Heritage Trust via your mobile phone by sending a text to 70085?
All you need to do is send a text message to 70085 with CHT5DONATE to donate £5, or text CHT10DONATE to donate £10.
Following the announcement of a second lockdown starting tomorrow we would like to reassure you that it’s very much business as usual at Cornwall Heritage Trust.
Our staff have been working from home since March and it has worked well, this arrangement will continue for the foreseeable future. Behind the scenes we are working hard to provide our usual services and we are developing some exciting projects which we hope to share with you very soon.
Our sites remain open all year round and you are welcome to visit them as usual throughout lockdown, restrictions permitting. We ask that you respect the sites and keep your distance from other visitors and contractors who may be undertaking work on our behalf and that you ensure that you are following the government guidelines regarding travel. Our small grants scheme is open for applications, please click here for more information about how to apply.
If you would like to contact us, the best method is email: email@example.com
Please stay safe and we look forward to seeing you soon!
A selection of the winning photographs in our Calendar competition are now available as a set of 8 Note Cards. Thank you to the photographers who allowed their photos to be used, and they will be receiving a calendar and cards with their winning entries this week.
“Rough Tor” by Lemi Mitchell
“Cot Valley Sunset” by Tim Pearson
“Chun Quoit” by Philip Tonkyn
“Polperro” by Laura Moody
“Men an Tol” by Tim Pearson
“Rain in 5 minutes, Porthleven Harbour” by Peter Bayly
“Hermitage, Roche Rock” by Philip Tonkyn
“Twilight in the Harbour, St Ives” by Tim Brearley
They are now for sale online on our website if you would like to order a set of cards. They make a great Christmas gift, or you might know people who would appreciate receiving a thoughtful note with a special place in Cornwall.
Notice is hereby given that the 35th AGM of the Cornwall Heritage Trust will take place by Zoom on Thursday November 19th 2020, starting at 2.00pm.
With the current restrictions we have reluctantly made the decision that the Annual General Meeting will be unable to go ahead in its usual format. Instead, Trustees have decided to hold a brief AGM using Zoom however, for this year only, it will not be possible to invite members to attend as we usually would. This was a very difficult decision to make however we hope that you understand the reasons.
A copy of the agenda for the AGM is attached below and you will see that there are no proposals requiring votes apart from the usual election of Trustees and Officers and ratification of the Annual Accounts. If you have any queries relating to the agenda or wish to propose a matter for discussion please do get in touch.
Introducing the Cornwall Heritage Trust Calendar for 2021, starring the winners from our 2020 Photography Competition: “Special Places in Cornwall”.
In August our Trustees had the unenviable task of selecting the top 12 photographs from over 100 competition entries, all of which were of a very impressive standard. The overall winner was then chosen by a public vote via our social media channels. Georgie Ball’s photograph entitled “Sea Pinks at Godrevy Lighthouse” was picked as the winning image. Georgie’s photo became the image on the front cover of the calendar and she also won £50.00.
Month by Month Calendar 2021
The twelve winning finalists were:
January : “Pendeen Storm” by Georgie Ball
February: “Rough Tor” by Lemi Mitchell
March: “Cot Valley Sunset” by Tim Pearson
April: “St Michael’s Mount at Low Tide” by Yvette Barnett
May: “Sea Pinks at Godrevy Lighthouse” by Georgie Ball First Prize winner and the Front Cover.
June: “Chun Quoit” by Philip Tonkyn
July: “Polperro” by Laura Moody
August: “Men an Tol” by Tim Pearson
September: “Rain in 5 minutes, Porthleven Harbour” by Peter Bayly
October: “Hermitage, Roche Rock” by Philip Tonkyn
November: “A Moving Tribute, near Polzeath” Peter Bayly
December: Twilight in the Harbour, St Ives” by Tim Brearley
The Cornwall Heritage Trust 2021 calendar is also a handy planning tool, with enough space to write those important dates and notes.
It is A4 size, with spiral binding and loop at the top so that you can hook it in a handy spot in your office or kitchen.
This calendar would make the perfect Christmas present for anyone who loves Cornwall and its rich heritage and landscape.
All the proceeds from the sales of our calendar will support the work of Cornwall Heritage Trust to preserve and strengthen Cornwall’s unique heritage.
£5.00 plus £1.50 Postage and Packaging.
Thanks to a grant from the National Lottery Heritage Fund we are seeking a talented filmmaker or videographer to help us produce short films of three of our historic sites for use on our website.
The films will be aimed at schools and each film will focus on an individual site. It is intended that they will be approximately two minutes each in duration and will feature a voiceover to describe each site, its specific areas of interest and its history. We anticipate that the films will include drone footage of each site to highlight their special features and to provide context.
If you are interested in finding out more about this exciting project please click on the link below to access the brief for more information and details about how to apply.
Calendar 2021 “Special Places in Cornwall” Photography Competition. Voting for the Front Cover and First Place.
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The Cornish National Music Archive (www.cornishnationalmusicarchive.co.uk) has recently been launched.
It is an online resource about music in Cornwall, featuring all kinds of music – from brass bands to choirs, pub songs to rock bands, and orchestral to pop.
Funded by the Cornwall Heritage Trust, Gorsedh Kernow and the Federation of Old Cornwall Societies, the collaborative project is the work of Cornish musicians and researchers Tony Mansell, Merv Davey, Kate Neale and Garry Tregidga, who have made the website during lockdown.
The project stems from an archive of sheet music and old manuscripts collected by the former Cornish Music Guild, which had been housed in the Cornish Studies Library until it was rediscovered by the group and handed to Kresen Kernow.
Merv Davey, director of Lowender Peran, said “Rediscovering the Guild’s archive was the spark that got us thinking that there ought to be somewhere that brings all types of Cornish music – and music in Cornwall – together.’
The website is freely available online for people to search and explore, and also has a section where visitors can create a profile and log in to write their own articles for publication. The creators encourage contributions on all aspects of music in Cornwall – with categories for individuals, performing groups, songs, tunes, and many more.
What qualifies for inclusion in an archive of Cornish music? Tony Mansell, projects co-ordinator, explained ‘We’ve put our heads together and decided that the archive should be broad and diverse, rather than narrow and prescriptive. It includes music that is, or has been, popular in and special to Cornwall, impactful in Cornwall, written in Cornwall, written about Cornwall, inspired by Cornwall – covering individuals, traditions and compositions that express, reflect and celebrate Cornwall and our distinctive identity.’ He continued “For example, my specialism is brass bands, so many of my articles focus the history of these hugely important groups for communities across Cornwall.’
Kate Neale, project lead, said “We’re hopeful that people will not only enjoy exploring what’s already there, but also contribute their own entries. You could add a biography of a composer you’ve a particular interest in, write up a memory about the best gigs you’ve seen in a particular venue in Cornwall – or give an account of a musical experience, whether as an audience member or as a performer – or something else. Really, we’re hoping that the archive will be a resource for music lovers of every type, spark ideas and discussions, and record important information for posterity’.
Garry Tregidga, co-director of the Institute for Cornish Studies at the University of Exeter, added ‘This is a wonderful opportunity to build on the fantastic work of the former Cornish Music Guild, and we hope that the archive will be useful for both amateur and professional researchers who are interested in Cornwall’s rich and diverse musical culture.’
Cornwall Heritage Trust is currently considering grants for small applications of up to £500. To find out more, please visit our Grants page for details and the online application form.
Every year Cornwall Heritage Trust awards bursaries to post-graduate students at the Institute of Cornish Studies to assist in study costs for one or more students producing a dissertation/thesis centred on any aspect of Cornwall’s Heritage.
Kensa Broadhurst is currently studying for her PhD and sent us an update on her work and how she is managing to continue her research during Lockdown. Kensa hopes that not only will the research she carries out help our understanding of the use of Cornish during the nineteenth century and give more legitimacy and status to the language today, but also give the Cornish language a status within higher education.
“My name is Kensa Broadhurst, and with funding from the Cornwall Heritage Trust I am studying for a PhD at the Institute of Cornish Studies, part of the University of Exeter based at its Penryn Campus. Through my research I am hoping to find evidence that the Cornish language was being used between 1777-1904.
The common perception is that Dolly Pentreath, a fish-seller from Mousehole, was the last speaker of Cornish and when she died in 1777, the language died with her. During the nineteenth century, several antiquarians did publish texts about the language, culminating in the publication in 1904 of Henry Jenner’s ‘Handbook of the Cornish Language’ which sparked the revival of Cornish as a community language which continues to this day. I am researching use of the language between these dates in Cornwall, by Cornish people. The Victorian gentlemen antiquarians mainly re-wrote previous research on the language, and don’t seem to have made much of an effort to engage with the common people of Cornwall who could well have still been using the language, so it is their stories, lives and possible use of Cornish I am searching for. Fortunately, in Cornwall we are blessed with several useful archives and libraries, including the Kresen Kernow (Cornwall Centre) which houses the former County Records Office and Cornish Studies Library, as well as the Morrab Library and the Royal Institution of Cornwall library.
I started learning Cornish about four years ago, initially as an academic exercise! Although I have a Cornish name, one side of my family is Cornish, and I had lived here on and off for about fifteen years, I really didn’t know very much about the language. My undergraduate degree was in French and Italian, and I had spent many of the intervening years as a languages teacher and examiner, but I quickly discovered Cornish is nothing like the languages we study at school! It is one of the five traditional Celtic languages of the British Isles along with Welsh, Gaelic, Irish and Manx, but is most closely related to Breton. Although there are some similarities to the languages I was familiar with in terms of grammar, much of the sentence structure is completely different, and so is the vocabulary.
Over the past four years I worked my way through the Cornish exam syllabus and in the summer of 2019, passed my final exams in language, medieval and modern literature, history of the language and Cornish place names. I now teach an evening class to beginners, tutor for an online Cornish course, set exams for the exam board and contribute to the training of my fellow Cornish teachers. I also write and read the weekly news bulletin in Cornish on BBC Radio Cornwall as part of a small team! Our bulletin is broadcast on Sunday afternoons.
Obviously the past few months have resulted in a change of approach for me, as for everyone else. How do you do research, when you can’t physically access the things you need? You find other things to do. I guess I’m far luckier than my peers who are researching in a scientific discipline, in that I don’t have to physically be in a lab, experimenting and measuring things to get results (can you tell I’m not a scientist?!). In an ideal world I would be sat in Kresen Kernow, or the Morrab library in Penzance, or the Courtney Library in Truro, methodically going through newspapers or documents looking for evidence of people using Cornish.
One thing I’ve learned very quickly over the past eight months since I started my PhD is that it’s not just about the research. It’s about creating opportunities to connect with people and creating opportunities to get your research and your topic “out there.” Some of the extra online training opportunities the Exeter University Doctoral College have been putting on for us over the past couple of months have included using various social media platforms to advertise and inform people about our research – such as blogs, Twitter and podcasts. I was even lucky enough to sit on a panel discussing the merits and use of blogging. Last week we had the first virtual meeting of a Community-based Journal organised by a doctoral student in the Medical School, which gives us an opportunity to both hear what other people are researching and talk about our own work.
I have been keeping busy. I have just submitted a chapter of my thesis for my upgrade examination and have a viva to look forward in the next few weeks to discuss both the chapter, and my plans for my research over the remainder of my studies. I’ve also submitted an article for publication in a journal (in Cornish) and need to start thinking about a conference in the Autumn and what I might be able to speak about. Now it’s back to reading what I can access (what did we do before the internet? I mainly remember the library at my undergraduate university only allowing us to loan a book for 24 hours at a time) and writing the looming second chapter.”
Find out more about Cornwall Heritage Trust bursaries.
“Figures and Handcart” by Lamorna Birch.
One of the Lamorna Birch paintings in the Paul Smales Collection bequeathed to Cornwall Heritage Trust.
Calendar 2021 – Photo Competition – “Special Places in Cornwall”
We’re looking for photos for our 2021 Calendar. If you have photos of new places you’ve discovered close to home during your lockdown walks or of your special places in Cornwall you were pleased to get back to when lockdown was eased we would love you to send them in to us.
To enter, please email your photograph to firstname.lastname@example.org and provide the following information:
- Name of person who took the photograph
- Email address
- Age of person who took the photograph
- Title of Image
- Location of where the photo was taken in Cornwall
- Date the photo was taken
12 winners will be chosen with each winning photo published in the Cornwall Heritage Trust 2021 Calendar with their name. Each winner will receive a free calendar.
In addition to the calendar there will be prizes for the top 3 winners:
1st Prize – £50
2nd Prize – £30
3rd Prize – £CHT Family Membership (worth £25)
For more details on how to enter and the Competition terms & conditions please visit –
Following the latest advice from the Government regarding the outbreak of Cornonavirus we have reviewed our working practises and most of our staff will now be working from home. We are in the fortunate position that we are able to complete the vast majority of our usual work remotely and this will not impact on business as usual.
The wellbeing of our staff and trustees is paramount in this decision, as well as the safety of our neighbours and the general public at Krowji.
We do not foresee any issues relating to our temporary closure of the office; if you need to contact us please do so in the usual way by emailing email@example.com or call us on 01209 707008.
We hope that everyone manages to stay well and look forward to being back to normal as soon as possible!