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In July 2019, we shook hands with local Penzance based production company, Down South Point of View. The director, Kyle, has grown the company himself, investing in Virtual Reality, 3D modelling and innovative new filming techniques.

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Shipwrecking Nature: Looking into Cornwall’s Maritime Environment

Our Pilot Episode reveals three shipwrecks across three generations in Cornwall.

Join Victoria Jenner as she travels to Marazion in Cornwall with University of Exeter and Falmouth University students, to uncover how these shipwrecks can be told through the famous ‘Benbow Pub’ collection.

With special thanks to the owners of the Benbow Pub.

Untold Histories of Cornwall

Slavery and the slave trade in Cornwall is a subject that has been marginalised in Cornwall’s maritime history.

Eighteenth-century Cornwall is renowned for mining and early industrialisation. However the maritime history of Cornwall still remains a relatively overlooked aspect of scholarship, despite offering key evidence that communities were in fact more diverse than has often been imagined. Dr Charlotte Mackenzie will talk about how maritime history, churches and church records have much to reveal about the African diaspora, slavery and the slave trade in Cornwall.

This second virtual lecture discusses the African diaspora and black identities in Cornwall.

When Britain was a maritime kingdom Cornwall was not at the periphery. People of African descent lived, worked, and had families in Georgian Cornwall. This film reveals a dimension of Cornish and black history which had been largely forgotten and untold.

Dr Charlotte MacKenzie lives in Cornwall where she is a freelance historical researcher and writer. Her current research is on women and eighteenth century Cornwall. Charlotte won the 2016 Cardew Rendle prize awarded by the Royal Cornwall Museum and published an article in the National Maritime Museum Cornwall online journal Troze in December 2016. She was previously a senior lecturer in history at Bath Spa University.

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