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Meetings & Events

Cornwall’s Maritime Churches project has postponed all physical events to meet government recommendations to minimise transmission of the coronavirus (Covid-19).  See about our virtual events below.

Read more about our Coronavirus update here >

From walks, talks and tours to memory events, see our list of upcoming or archived events below.

Select an event to find out more.

King Charles the Martr, Falmouth Church

Thursday 29 April 2021, 6.30pm-7.30pm

Online Round Table: Celebrate our Heritage Project! Final Event

About the event
Take an hour out of your Thursday evening to hear from maritime history experts, student volunteers and community participants of the heritage project that has run for the past two years with the University of Exeter and the Young Roots National Heritage Lottery Fund.

Schedule

6.30pm – Introduction given by the Project Manager, Victoria Jenner

6.40-6.50pm – The importance of researching Cornwall’s Maritime Church history with Dr Garry Tregidga and Dr Jo Esra

6.50-7.10pm: Volunteer stories: Hear from the experts and student volunteers

7.10-7.25pm – ‘What is a Maritime Church to you?’ Reflection session with members of the community and participants

7.25pm – Thanks and details regarding the project’s Film Premiere series taking place Fri 29 Apr – Sun 2 May 2021, YouTube LIVE.

Online Link

The online event will be hosted on Microsoft Teams. A link will be sent to those who have registered for tickets closer to the time.

Register your interest here >

Fri 30 April 2021, 6.30pm-7pm

Episode one: Myths and Legends of Cornwall
live on YouTube

Join us for a live viewing of each 30-minute episode from our Maritime History Documentary Series, made with the University of Exeter.

About the series

In these three episodes, join Victoria Jenner, a historian at the University of Exeter, for an adventure across the Duchy. From Tintagel in the North East to Paul in the far west, Victoria will be investigating Maritime Churches and questioning how far religion and the sea have played a prominent role in cultural constructions of Cornwall through time.

Register your interest here >

Sat 1 May 2021, 6.30pm-7pm

Episode two: Sea fishing, smuggling and boat building in Cornwall
live on YouTube

Join us for a live viewing of each 30-minute episode from our Maritime History Documentary Series, made with the University of Exeter.

About the series

In these three episodes, join Victoria Jenner, a historian at the University of Exeter, for an adventure across the Duchy. From Tintagel in the North East to Paul in the far west, Victoria will be investigating Maritime Churches and questioning how far religion and the sea have played a prominent role in cultural constructions of Cornwall through time.

Register your interest here >

Sun 2 May 2021, 6.30pm-7pm

Episode three: Shipwrecks of Cornwall
live on YouTube

Join us for a live viewing of each 30-minute episode from our Maritime History Documentary Series, made with the University of Exeter.

About the series

In these three episodes, join Victoria Jenner, a historian at the University of Exeter, for an adventure across the Duchy. From Tintagel in the North East to Paul in the far west, Victoria will be investigating Maritime Churches and questioning how far religion and the sea have played a prominent role in cultural constructions of Cornwall through time.

Register your interest here >

Archived events

Vikki Jenner History TV

Mon 18 May 2020, 12 noon

Virtual talk: The emergence of the Picturesque movement in Cornwall’s maritime communities with Victoria Jenner

About the talk
Whilst it is undeniable that Cornwall has experienced some of the highest levels of in-migration across Britain since the 1960s, this talk seeks to demonstrate how the Picturesque phenomenon besieged the identities of Celtic maritime communities from as early as its emergence in the eighteenth century. Victoria will look to particularly Trevena’s community, otherwise widely known as Tintagel today.

Olaudah Equiano

Tue 19 May 2020, 12 noon

Virtual talk: Cornwall and the African Diaspora with Dr Richard Anderson

About the talk
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 Richard Anderson will be discussing how maritime history, churches and church records have much to reveal about the African diaspora.

Falmouth Cemetery

Wed 20 May 2020, 12 noon

Virtual talk:  Maritime history told through Falmouth’s cemetery with ‘On The Hill’ podcast founder, Dr Sherezade García Rangel

About the talk
Sherezade shall be talking about how Falmouth’s maritime history is reflected on Falmouth Cemetery and how the use of the podcast form in conjunction with collaboration and creative writing can be a vehicle for the dissemination of research. By examining specific maritime examples such as Henry Philip Creese (Titanic), Chung Shin (WWII) and Miśko Molnár (Polish Navy), Sherezade will be showcasing how by examining the lives of individuals we can discover and learn from Cornish Maritime history. Followed by a Q&A session.

Archive with Sarah Jane

Thu 21 May 2020, 12 noon

Virtual talk: The Charles Woolf Slide Collection and maritime churches research with Archivist and Special Collections Officer, Sarah Jane

About the talk
The Charles Woolf Slide Archive features 13,500 glorious colour images of Cornwall 1953-1982. This talk will introduce Charles Woolf, his work and the themes featured in the Collection, along with launching an online exhibition of his images of Maritime Churches.

Useful links

Archive website > *Remember to follow the menu to Online Exhibitions

Special Collections >

Harry Glasson

Fri 22 May, 12 noon

Virtual music concert: Songs of the sea and the maritime church with Harry Glasson

About the concert
Song is an integral feature of Cornwall’s maritime culture. Alongside the choral traditions of church and chapel are the Duchy’s sea shanty associations and classic secular songs like ‘Lamorna’ and the ‘Mermaid of Zennor’. In this session we bring together an introduction to the subject by the great Harry Glasson with a number of appropriate songs that evoke the close bond between the sea and Cornish culture.

YouTube LIVE >

Facebook LIVE >

Gunwalloe's Church Cove by Matthew Slack

Sat 23 May 2020, 12 noon

Virtual discussion: Travelling Saints and the emergence of the Maritime Church with Douglas Young

About the event
Join Douglas Young for a virtual discussion about the emergence of the Maritime Church, facilitated by the travels of Celtic Saints. From discussing the plantation of Cornwall’s and Devon’s considered ‘maritime’ churches (both coastal and those upriver), to how we might find clues in the landscape to understand how Christianity has geographically travelled from the Roman period. This talk will also question why and how churches can be perceived as vessels for both Christian and Maritime ideologies.

DownSouthPOV

Sun 24 May 2020, 12 noon

Virtual film screening: Shipwrecking Nature with Kyle Richardson from Down South Point of View

About the film
This was the first small film project explored by student volunteers. It was made within one afternoon and touches upon how the natural world has been impacted by three major shipwrecks across three centuries. The film is yet to be finished, but provides an insight into the next stage of the film project.

St Michaels Mount on a rainy day, Jo Esra

Wed 12 Feb 2020

‘Exploring the Medieval Church’
with Professor James Clark

4pm – Exchange Green, Penryn Campus

Kyle from Down South Point of View

Mon 27 Jan 2020

‘Curating History in our Digital Age’: A Workshop on Film
with Victoria Jenner

11am – Daphne Du Maurier Seminar Room L,
Penryn Campus

Who are church visitors?

Wed 15 Jan 2020

‘The Maritime Church Visitor: What do we know?’
with Professor Graham Busby

4pm – Exchange Green, Penryn Campus

King-Charles-the-Martyr-Church-by-Andrew-Abbott-2008

Fri 6 Dec 2019

Memory event: recording maritime hymns
with the choir at King Charles the Martyr, Falmouth

7.15pm – Falmouth church

Wed 4 Dec 2019

Talk: Exploring Anglican Churches in Cornwall from the database
with Canon Michael Warner

2pm – Tremough House

Wed 4 Dec 2019

Christmas party
with the Institute of Cornish Studies

4.30pm-6pm – Tremough House

Sat 23 Nov 2019

Memory Day: Landewednack & Gunwalloe
with Dr Garry Tregidga & Becky Orchard

2pm – Landewednack CP School Hall

Wed 20 Nov 2019

Memory event: Discussing St Gluvias in the knitting circle and a meeting with the Mayor, lead by Garry Tregidga

4.30pm – St Gluvias parish church, Penryn

Wed 9 Oct 2019

‘The Archaeology of St Gluvias Church’
Dr Caradoc Peters

4pm – St Gluvias Church, Penryn

Wed 26 June 2019

‘The Cornish language & maritime culture’ lecture with Mark Trevethan

2.30pm – Peter Lanyon

Sat 22 June 2019

Tywardreath oral history event

2.30pm – Tywardreath church

Wed 12 June 2019

Maritime Archaeology Symposium with Dick Cole, Matt Blewett & Mark Milburn

1pm – Peter Lanyon

Mon 20 May 2019

‘Pirates of Penzance’
talk with Dr Jo Esra

7pm –Penzance

Postponed events

Frayed Atlantic Edge book cover

To be announced

Floating Lecture: The Frayed Atlantic Edge with Dr David Gange, in partnership with FXU’s Kayaking Society

  • Talk & reading: Kayaking across the Cornish Coastline Please note: the talk is 60 minutes and will finish with a book signing. The opportunity to purchase The Frayed Atlantic Edge will be available.
  • Book signing with David Gange
  • Kayaking from Falmouth Watersports Centre to Flushing. Tickets are limited for this part of the event. Please register your interest quickly.

Leann Jenkins Falmouth River Cruise

To be announced

Floating Lecture: Roseland’s maritime history from the Medina Mist with Dr Jo Esra, in partnership with Falmouth Pleasure Cruises

  • The lecture will be given on board the Medina Mist.               Please note: the talk is 2 hours and will return to the Prince of Wales Pier for 3.30pm.

Boscastle explorers, Oliver Ash

To be announced

In Search of Cornwall
with Hilary Frank, Chairman of Cornwall Council

Peter Lanyon, Lecture 5
Penryn Campus


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