Newsletter: June 2019

Eglosyow Morek Kernow 
Cornwall's Maritime Churches
A note from Vikki, our Digital Mentor!

A quick note from our Digital and Research Mentor, Vikki...

"June has been a bit of a whirlwind - from hosting oral history memory events, archaeological extrvaganzas to exploring the Cornish language through maritime events and even being apart of this year's Celtic Knot conference!

Don't be alarmed if we go quiet over the next month... we are knee deep in strategising and programming all our exciting upcoming events for our new students next term. On that note, if you have any good ideas and think you may be able to offer something special for Fresher's week (16 - 22 September) then please do give us a bell (forgive the very relevant visual pun)! In the  meantime, keep an eye on our social media to keep up with all our comings and goings.
See you soon! "



What's been happening

June was a very busy month with project events, oral history recordings and filming sessions happening both here at Penryn University Campus and at two of our project churches: St Senara, Zennor and St Andrew’s Church, Tywardreath. 

Bells removed for restoration at St Senara’s Church Zennor – Wednesday 5 June

Becky Orchard, our Volunteering Coordinator, spent the day shooting film and photographic material of the removal of the church’s bells. The church has been fundraising locally and has received Heritage Lottery Funding to have the first stage of the work completed: removing the bells! This was a fantastic opportunity to capture the rarely seen ‘Bell Hanger’ at work in the belfry and the project team would like thank St Senara’s Church and John Taylor & Co Bellfounders for granting us access to the belfry while the work was carried out. Becky has put together a film showing the process which will be available soon - watch this space!

Exploring Cornwall’s Maritime Archaeology Symposium – Wednesday 12 June
We were joined by Cllr Dick Cole, Matt Blewett and Mark Milburn who all gave some brilliant talks on a range of archaeological topics relating to Cornwall. Our audience were treated to talks on the archaeological digs at St Piran’s Oratory and Glasney College; Pengersick & Darington and their use of defensive architecture; and the work of Cornwall Maritime Archaeology on wrecks around the Cornish coast. Thanks also to Caradoc Peters, from Truro College, who chaired the event. Of course a Cornish symposium would not be complete without a generous culinary spread and an iconic symbol of Cornwall: saffron buns!
Tywardreath Oral History Day – Saturday 22 June
Our first memory event for the project took place at the village hall and St Andrew’s Church, Tywardreath. Falmouth University lecturers Gretchen Viehmann, Tom Ingate, and David White joined us to capture oral history films with local residents at Tywardreath and photographic material of the church for the project archive. We later linked up with the Rescorla Festival in a Snailcreep dance and traditional Cornish songs at the Welcome Home Inn,Par. St Austell brewery kindly donated a cask of special edition Tribute renamed just for the occasion!
The Cornish Language & Maritime Culture – Wednesday 26 June 
Mark Trevethan, Cornish Language Lead for Cornwall Council, gave a really interesting talk on the Cornish language and its connections to maritime culture. Topics included the way in which the Cornish language approaches the naming of sea life in a very different way to our usual descriptions in English, and the fantastic work that individuals are doing to promote Cornish on a national and international stage!
Find out more about what happened at the Celtic Knot Conference 2019... 

Upcoming events

We will be having a break in events over the summer so that the team can start going through the material that has been gathered so far and we will be gearing up for the new academic year and intake of new students.
Want to get involved with the project? Please contact us!

We have a number of volunteer roles available to suit different interests from archival researching to digital film making and social media marketing!

Contact Becky Orchard (Volunteering Coordinator):
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