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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.

Virtual lecture week, Mon 18 – Sun 24 May 2020

Victoria Jenner MMAD

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.

About the lecturer
Victoria Jenner has spent the last two years specialising in nineteenth-century collections with the National Trust. She has worked as a digital content editor for Waddesdon Manor, a Rothschild House and Gardens in Buckinghamshire, disseminating her interest in historic French interiors and revival architecture via digital mediums. Victoria’s mentorship role within the Cornwall’s Maritime Churches project, brings together her passion for digital engagement as well as her interest in the nineteenth-century as a period of social change that dramatically impacted the architecture, design and identities of churches across Cornwall.

Register your interest here >

This will be a live event. Webinar details will be released a day before the event. Ensure you register to receive these.

Join the Zoom webinar on the day to watch this virtual tour. Please mute your audio and turn your video off until the end of the talk. Victoria will then take questions for 5 minutes at the end. 

*This lecture will be recorded.

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.

About the lecturer
Richard is a historian of Africa and the African Diaspora, with particular emphasis on British abolitionism and colonialism in West Africa. Currently a lecturer in colonial and post-colonial history at the University of Exeter’s Cornwall campus, Richard was previously a Commonwealth Rutherford Fellow in the School of History, Politics and International Relations at the University of Leicester and a SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow at the Harriet Tubman Institute for Research on Africa and its Diasporas, York University (Toronto, Canada).

Register your interest here >

This will be a live event. Webinar details will be released a day before the event. Ensure you register to receive these.

Join the Zoom webinar on the day to watch this virtual tour. Please mute your audio and turn your video off until the end of the talk. Victoria will then take questions for 5 minutes at the end. 

*This lecture will be recorded.

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.

About the lecturer
Dr Sherezade Garcia Rangel is a Venezuelan, Spanish writer based in Cornwall, where she works as a Lecturer in English and Creative Writing at Falmouth University. She founded and hosts On The Hill, a research project and podcast which studies Cornish Cemeteries. Her research is focused on how death can be a new stage on storytelling, how the past informs the present and in the Venezuelan Diaspora. Sherezade holds an MA in Creative Writing from Newcastle University and a PhD in Creative Writing from the University of Glasgow. Her work has been published in Gutter Magazine, FalWriting, From Glasgow to SaturnMiscellaneous: An Anthology of Writing Inspired by The Hunterian MuseumAlliterati Magazine and Friction Magazine.

Register your interest here >

This will be a live event. Webinar details will be released a day before the event. Ensure you register to receive these.

Join the Zoom webinar on the day to watch this virtual tour. Please mute your audio and turn your video off until the end of the talk. Victoria will then take questions for 5 minutes at the end. 

*This lecture will be recorded.

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.

About the lecturer
Sarah C Jane is Archivist and Special Collections Officer for Falmouth University and University of Exeter Penryn Campus. She manages the Collections of the Institute of Cornish Studies along with the archives of local theatre companies, writers and artists.

Useful links

Archive email >

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

Special Collections >

This will be a live event. Webinar details will be released a day before the event. Ensure you register to receive these.

Join the Zoom webinar on the day to watch this virtual tour. Please mute your audio and turn your video off until the end of the talk. Victoria will then take questions for 5 minutes at the end. 

*This lecture will be recorded.

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.

About Harry
Harry was born at Cowscramp Clowance near Praze an Beeble, Cornwall. At 16, Harry joined the Merchant Navy and started writing poems and Cornish dialect verse whilst at sea. Soon he matched up his songs with a homemade guitar and gigged around Cornwall and the US, building up a large fan group from all over the world. Harry is also renowned as the composer of such contemporary Cornish classics as ‘Cornwall my Home’ and ‘A Song for Cornwall’.

Tune in to Harry’s second LIVE performance on Sat 23 May, 9.30pm.

YouTube LIVE >

Facebook LIVE >

This will be a live event. Webinar details will be released a day before the event. Ensure you register to receive these.

Join the Zoom webinar on the day to watch this virtual tour. Please mute your audio and turn your video off until the end of the talk. Victoria will then take questions for 5 minutes at the end. 

*This lecture will be recorded.

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.

About the lecturer
Guest blogger Douglas Young, founder of the popular ‘Devon Church Land’ website and Instagram channel, uses photography as his prime method of researching into the historic narratives of churches in the South West. Douglas pioneers a very active method that the Cornwall’s Maritime Churches project promotes and ‘reads the church’ from an ‘archaeological’ perspective.

Register your interest here >

This will be a live event. Webinar details will be released a day before the event. Ensure you register to receive these.

Join the Zoom webinar on the day to watch this virtual tour. Please mute your audio and turn your video off until the end of the talk. Victoria will then take questions for 5 minutes at the end. 

*This lecture will be recorded.

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.

About the film company
Kyle Richardson has emerged from a major role within the performance industry, working alongside such figures as TV personality Simon Cowell. He now manages a film production company which also specialises in drone imagery and 3D virtual work. Last year Kyle started working on a historical drama that will soon be made into a motion picture. The Cornwall’s Maritime Churches project will soon be working with Kyle to produce four key history documentaries that tell the maritime stories of our ten church case studies.

Register your interest here >

This will be a live event. Webinar details will be released a day before the event. Ensure you register to receive these.

Join the Zoom webinar on the day to watch this virtual tour. Please mute your audio and turn your video off until the end of the talk. Victoria will then take questions for 5 minutes at the end. 

*This lecture will be recorded.

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.

Please register your interest by booking as tickets are limited

Nearest car parks to the pier can be found here >

Participants for kayaking will need to go to meet at Falmouth Watersports Centre here >

Find out more about Dr David Gange >

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.

Register your interest by booking as tickets are limited

Nearest car parks to the pier can be found here >

Passengers need to go to the Falmouth Pleasure Cruises Kiosk and show their Eventbrite tickets

Find out more about Falmouth Pleasure Cruises >

Boscastle explorers, Oliver Ash

To be announced

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

Peter Lanyon, Lecture 5
Penryn Campus

Archived events

Wed 12 Feb 2020

‘Exploring the Medieval Church’
with Professor James Clark

4pm – Exchange Green, Penryn Campus

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

Wed 15 Jan 2020

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

4pm – Exchange Green, Penryn Campus

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


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