Cornwall’s Maritime Churches HLF Project Newsletter April 2019

Hello and welcome to the Institute of Cornish Studies’ (ICS) Cornwall’s Maritime Churches Project Newsletter! Here you will find up-to-date information about how the project is progressing, training opportunities, and news about community events.

After a few snags we are now well and truly steaming ahead with this youth engagement project based at Penryn Campus. The whole premise of the project is to pursue extensive research of important Coastal Churches in Cornwall, that hold a significant amount of myth and authentic ‘maritime’ history for the local communities. The ultimate output of the project is to produce an online, interactive map that will engage not only young children, but students and local communities alike.
Official launch of the project
The project was officially launched by Dr Garry Tregidga at the ICS’s annual St Piran’s Symposium on Tuesday 5th March and was attended by some familiar local historians; representatives from the Churches Conservation Trust and the National Maritime Museum Cornwall; and some of our potential volunteer student recruits! Some fascinating talks were given by Bob Keys on the history of the mermaid in Celtic folklore and by Roger Smith on the history of Tywardreath Priory (one of the ten churches included in the project). Thomas Kennedy and Hamish Walker were also on hand to promote the work of Cornish Story and its partnership with the Cornwall’s Maritime Churches project. The symposium was part of a campus-wide celebration of St Piran’s Day and all things Cornish, with students able to learn basic Cornish phrases, send a Cornish postcard home to their families, and of course sample some staple Cornish cuisine!
Volunteer Coordinator appointed
We are delighted to announce that Becky Orchard, an Exeter alumnus, has been recently appointed as the Volunteer Coordinator for the project. Becky completed her undergraduate degree in English at the Penryn Campus in 2014 and went on to complete an MA in Cultural Heritage Management at the University of York in 2016. Becky’s research interests include Cornish identity, heritage, and sense of place and how these manifest in literature and other media. Becky will be the primary contact for volunteers on the project and will liaise with internal and external bodies to promote the exciting work undertaken, as well as forge new partnerships with heritage and community groups. Email:
It begins…
Meetings are taking place this week with student volunteers about potentially making a start on gathering material over the Easter on our first church – Falmouth Parish Church of King Charles the Martyr (known locally as KCM Church). KCM Church has a fascinating history that is bound up with the English Civil War and the Restoration of the Monarchy during the 17th century – the church is dedicated to King Charles I. With numerous alterations to the fabric of the building, and the intriguing link to one of Falmouth’s most famous families – the Killigrews – KCM Church is sure to yield some excellent material that will make up part of the project’s interactive digital map.
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