We have been working on a short film – The Costume Project – which looks at the way, miners, fishermen, fishwives and Bal maidens were dressed and the way in which this evolved.
Our thanks to Merv and Alison Davey for their hard work researching the content of this resource which will be freely available for everyone interested in Cornwall’s heritage.
It is available to view on our Youtube Channel :
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.
Funded by Cornwall Community Foundation
Our judging panel of trustees have chosen the winning 12 photos, they had the very difficult task choosing from just under 150 fabulous entries. Congratulations to the 12 winners!
The theme for our 2022 Calendar is “Heritage in our Landscape”, and will be available for sale on our website in September.
1st Prize: Trethevy Quoit, St Cleer, by Rogan Hart
2nd Prize: The Mount under the stars, by Tim Pearson
3rd Prize: Above The Dawn, overlooking Looe Harbour, by Ryan Lean
The Iconic crowns engine houses Botallack, near St Just, by Andy Green
Hurlers, by Sally Hawken
Sun Halo and Germoe War Memorial, Tregonning Hill, by Carolyn Kennett
Merry Maidens, by Tim Pearson
A Gorse-geous Wheal Coates, St Agnes, by Ian Lewis
Storm at Sennen, Sennen Cove, by Paula Stanley
A pair of Cornish Choughs atop an Engine House Chimney near St Agnes, by Lisa MacLeod
Towan Roath Engine House shadow falling on the aqua waves of Chapel Porth beach below, by Lisa MacLeod
Step To It, Stepper Point, near Padstow by Ryan Lean
We are proud that Furniss Bakery are sponsoring our photography competition and calendar this year. Furniss are the oldest and most cherished Cornish biscuit brand since 1886. With so much heritage, we’re delighted to have their support!
Furniss, the oldest and most cherished Cornish biscuit brand since 1886. Still baking biscuits in the heart of Cornwall, with the same passion as our founder Mr John Cooper Furniss, creating unique and exceptional biscuits for today’s consumers. Home of the “Furniss Original Cornish Fairing” since 1886.
We are delighted that St Justin are continuing their support of our charity by supporting our calendar. St Justin make Cornish Made Jewellery – Silver, Bronze, Pewter and Tin – designed and made in Cornwall. Watch this space for further news on our partnership!
St Justin make Cornish Made Jewellery – Silver, Bronze, Pewter and Tin – designed and made in Cornwall. Their inspiration is drawn from the sea, the sand, the wildlife and the azure blue colours that surround us.
Dynamite! The History of the Dynamite Works at Hayle, a story cafe by Peter Channon.
About this event
Join us at Hayle Rugby Club on Wednesday 8th Sept at 6.30pm for a talk about the History of the Dynamite Works at Hayle (Upton Towans).
This is also a briefing for a dynamite walk to see the remains on site on Thursday 16th September at 2.30pm
We will be looking at the history of the location leading up to its part in the production of cordite for WW1, and how many local women had to undertake the hazardous production tasks. Dynamite was the modern replacement for gunpowder and is still in use today. Dynamite was a by product of nitro glycerine which was an extremely dangerous product to manufacture and use. The fact that a Cornish based company decided to set up a brand new facility on the Hayle Towans was a brave move as they had to design and build it from scratch, and also make it safe to operate.
The use of dynamite made mining far more productive and had many advantages over the former gunpowder which it eventually replaced. The Great War saw a need for military cordite and Hayle went on to produce this product until the plant closed in 1919.
Book your free place : https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/dynamite-story-cafe-tickets-166050392193
About Peter Channon
Peter’s interest in dynamite started when he worked underground at South Crofty Mine, and his interest in aerial photography started as a hobby when he started flying. The hobby tuned into several decades of commercial flying, which also included aerial photography. Requests for talks followed and cover several subjects including Cornwalls historic past, and an in depth coverage of the Battle of Britain. The dynamite talk involves Peter’s own experience of use plus the history of production in Hayle with the added inclusion of his aerial views of the location.
A guided walk to accompany this talk will take place on Thursday 16th September at 2.30pm
Bookings for the guided walk will be taken on the evening of the talk.
Treffry Viaduct received a spring clean last week and it was no easy task! Standing at 90 feet high and 670 feet long the iconic aqueduct, which nestles in the beautiful Luxulyan Valley, was due to receive some attention last year however the routine maintenance was delayed due to the Coronavirus restrictions.
The viaduct is owned and maintained by Cornwall Heritage Trust and we carry out vegetation clearance using rope access every three years. Due t
o the size of this Scheduled Ancient Monument it requires expert attention which is provided by St Ives Steeplejacks who abseil from the tramway in order to work on the external walls on both sides of the structure.
Clearing the weeds and vegetation helps maintain the viaduct and avoid further deterioration to this iconic monument, which was built between 1839 and 1842 for Joseph Treffry. We are very grateful to the D’Oyly Carte Charitable Trust who helped to fund this important work.
Cornwall Heritage Trust has owned the viaduct since 1989 and it is freely accessible for everyone to visit all year round.
For more information about Treffry Viaduct click here
We were very grateful to Kensa Broadhurst for the excellent Virtual Story Cafe she presented on Thursday, which was live streamed to our Facebook page and via Zoom.
If you missed the opportunity to catch the event live, we have now uploaded the recording of the story cafe onto our Youtube Channel.
We were delighted to have received a grant from the National Lottery Heritage Fund to commission educational films on three of our sites. Idenna Creative did a wonderful job, incorporating drone footage, some Cornish phrases and packed with interesting information on Castle an Dinas, Carn Euny and The Hurlers.
Through our popular Schools Transport Grants scheme, over 14,000 primary school children have experienced trips to historic places in Cornwall between 2015 and 2020. The aim of these new films was to provide a teaching resource so that children who usually visit these sites would still be able to access them during Lockdown.
As lockdown restrictions start to ease, the films will remain an important resource, not just for school age children, but also for all ages!
Calendar 2022 – Photo Competition – “Heritage in our Landscape”
It’s that time of year we start looking for photos for the Cornwall Heritage Trust 2022 Calendar.
Cornwall has an abundance of heritage and stunning landscape so let’s capture that to make our increasingly popular calendar more spectacular than ever.
To enter the competition, please email your photograph to email@example.com 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 2022 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 our Terms and Conditions Competition 2022
Cornwall Heritage Trust presents… A Virtual Story Cafe with Kensa Broadhurst, who will talk about her research into the Cornish Language.
Kensa Broadhurst is currently studying for her PhD and 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. Kensa is hoping to find evidence that the Cornish language was being used between 1777-1904.
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.
Join us on Zoom to take part in this virtual story cafe, or if you miss one of the limited places you will be able to watch the story cafe being live streamed to our Facebook Page.
How to book
To register for a free place via the Zoom event, please follow the link to book (you only need to book one ticket per household).
Last Thursday we had an informative and lively virtual Story Cafe with Laura Garcia and Richard Trethewey from The Rowan Tree, who gave a fascinating talk about Kolar’s Gold, their multimedia project on the Cornish diaspora in India.
Through their music and stories and their collaborative work with Indian musicians, Cornish choirs and brass bands, The Rowan Tree have brought to life the stories of the people from diverse cultures who lived and worked together in the mining community. For more information about the project, and how to order the Kolar’s Gold CD, please visit https://www.therowantreemusic.com/about
We have now uploaded the recording to our Youtube Channel for those who may have missed the live event.
Cornwall Heritage Trust presents a free virtual Story Cafe with The Rowan Tree : Kolar’s Gold, led by Laura Garcia, Tom Fosten and Richard Trethewey.
Join us live on Zoom or our Facebook Page, as we listen to the fascinating account of their research into the forgotten stories of Cornish miners, their families and their Indian counterparts who lived and worked at Kolar Gold Fields from 1890-1940 and beyond.
The multi-media project, funded by a grant from Cornwall Heritage Trust, brings the forgotten stories alive in The Rowan Tree’s song-writing and music.
‘Although often invisible in the history of Cornish emigration, the Indian sub-continent in fact played a role of some significance in the Cornish diaspora’ Philip Payton, The Cornish Overseas
The Rowan Tree began researching the project in 2018, and received a grant from Cornwall Heritage Trust. They began to unearth a treasure trove of stories. As quickly as the incredible stories of hardship, heroism and adventure of Cornish miners and their Indian counterparts emerged, so dawned the realisation that their stories had been all but forgotten (in Cornwall at least).
Music was and is a huge part of life at the Kolar Gold Fields and The Rowan Tree project reflected that with new compositions, traditional Cornish and Indian folk music, songs, hymns and carols know to have been sung at KGF by Cornish miners. The resulting film and CD of recorded music was a collaboration with The Rowan Tree, Cornish musicians as well as musicians from the Kolar Gold Fields area, representing the different cultures that co-existed at Kolar Gold Fields.
There are 30 free places on the Zoom event which will take place on Thursday 25th March at 7.30pm.
Here is a link Eventbrite to book your place (you only need to do one per household):
This story cafe will also be live streaming onto the Cornwall Heritage Trust Facebook page, and a recording will be available on our website the following week.
Our series of virtual Story Cafes have been kindly funded by Cornwall Community Foundation.
Following a successful bid to the Culture Recovery Fund through the Architectural Heritage Fund, Cornwall Heritage Trust is seeking consultants to formulate a Business Development Plan for the next five years which addresses the needs of the Trust to secure its future sustainability and enable it to continue to look after and promote Cornwall’s heritage.
The successful consultant will have:
- Extensive experience in business planning
- A clear understanding of the sectors within which CHT operates and the challenges and opportunities these represent.
- Demonstrable experience of developing sustainable business development and income generation strategies and providing staff and trustees with the necessary training and tools to successfully carry them out
If you think this could be you please take a look at the Information Pack and don’t hesitate to contact Cathy Woolcock with any questions: firstname.lastname@example.org
Deadline for submissions is Wednesday 31st March at midday.