Cornish Heritage in Penzance - Programme of Activities

Cornish Heritage in Penzance activities can be found by clicking one of the categories below

Our latest presentation at Cornish Heritage in Penzance

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Our programme advance notice is subject to additional events, activities and illustrated talks. Posters for these will be added as and when these are confirmed.

CHIP - Hwerow Hweg 9th July 2024

Hwerow Hweg (Bitter Sweet) (2002)A Film in Cornish with English Subtitles

Director: Antal Kovacs, Producer Paul Farmer. 1h 28m

Hwerow Hweg is set mainly in and around Penzance and includes plenty of people from the Penzance area who many will recognise. It was the first full length film to be made in Cornish (with English sub-titles) and was made as part of the campaign to gain official recognition for Kernewek. Film producer Paul Farmer writes, 'Hwerow Hweg' was Antal Kovacs's project to make the first drama feature film in Kernewek. Antal, who lived in Morrab Road himself at the time, wrote and directed and I was producer. The film was shot 'back to back' in Kernewek and English, which means that we shot each scene twice. It was exhausting! Current Grand Bard Pol Hodge was translator and language consultant on the film and taught the actors their lines in Kernewek. The film was premiered in the House of Commons in London."  The story centres on Jack (Robert Williams) who, once released from prison after being framed in a drugs set-up by his girlfriend Becky (Helen Rule) is determined to find Becky again.

Forthcoming Talks & Events
Take a look at Cornish Archaeology

Details of the latest presentations can be seen enlarged by clicking the images. These together with the list of all forthcoming events and report can be downloaded as a PDF by clicking this link here.

All are welcome to attend and most of these events are free. Please donate to help support the sharing of local Penzance and Cornish heritage in Penzance.

A showcase of earlier illustrated talks carried out by Cornish Heritage in Penzance at their centre at 62 Morrab Road, the former Penzance Library can be seen below. These have included a wide selection of local and Cornish topics.

An illustrated talk at Cornish Heritage in Penzance

Cornish Language Classes

The next Cornish language evening will be on Thursday August 1st at Cornish Heritage in Penzance.  The session will be from 7:00pm-9:00pm with refreshments included, at a cost of £3 per evening. The evening are structured to provide learning with experienced teachers for people of all abilities and an entertaining social evening with games and activities. There will also be the opportunity to join the online classes which will be held for the three weeks in between the monthly classes. You are welcome to turn up on the evening.

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Our earlier presentations at Cornish Heritage in Penzance

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Forthcoming Talks & Events
CHIP - Hwerow Hweg 9th July 2024
Take a look at Cornish Archaeology
Godolphin Bal 25th June 2024
'A39' Cornish Political Theatre in the 1980s by Paul Farmer
The Bus Drivers of Penzance 28th May
The History of Girls Education in Penzance and notably of Penzance Girls' Grammar School'
Celebrating 10 years of Cornish National Minority Status
Torrey Canyon Disaster 23rd April
Cornish Dialect Stories with Trevor Smitheram
Identifying Articles Found in Cornwall
HMS Warspite in Cornwall 1947-1956
Brenda Wootton Presentation & Film
The Penzance Playgoers - Mike Sagar-Fenton
Photographs - Waves & Storms & Light over Cornwall - Illustrated talk by Mike Newman (Penzance Photographer)
Montol Festival Talk
Ancient Penwith 12th December 2023
Cornish Heritage in Penzance - Red River Singers
Penzance Promenade
Gold & Silver in Cornwall & Devon
Skilful Aunts and Knowing Men - Folklore and Healthcare
Jubilee Pool
Golowan Festival
The Mayor Speaks
Jack Michell Penzance firefighter and wartime hero
Churches of Cornwall
Simon Parker with Mike Sagar-Fenton
Postcard's of Old Penzance
The Cornish Celtic Way
The Tremenheeres of Tremenheere
Curriculum Kernewek
The History of the Penlee Lifeboats
The Madron Workhouse
The evolution of the Cornish Pirate rugby team
Cornish Heritage in Penzance - Opening Event


The Dr Borlase Project

Is there an aspect of Penwith history you are curious about? Join a short term project to research and share a specific piece of Penwith History, of your choosing, with a small group of people.

Cornish Heritage in Penzance has received funding from the Penwith Landscape Partnership to run a project on Dr William Borlase, rightly known as the 'The Father of Cornish Studies' (1696-1772).  As part of this we will run a short-term Penwith history project where participants identify an aspect of Penwith history to research. The group will follow a 'manifesto' derived from the way in which Dr Borlase himself worked:

The Borlase 'Manifesto'

  1. Choose a topic about Penwith's natural history or historic environment, or the Cornish language of Penwith.
  2. Produce a tightly-written notebook of observations.
  3. Correspond with someone (probably within the group) about your research, preferably by handwritten letter!
  4. Teach someone.
  5. Publish (online, or hard copy).

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The first exhibitions at Cornish Heritage in Penzance begin on 1 August 2023 with the theme for our first year is 'Cornish Curiosity'.  We will look at the people and institutions behind the development of our knowledge of Cornwall.

Dr William Borlase - Pioneer of Cornish Research in the eighteenth century. Dr Borlase was Rector of Ludgvan and St Just, and the author of 'The Antiquities of Cornwall' and the 'Natural History of Cornwall'.

'Tell Me What's Happening in My Duchy of Cornwall !'  This exhibition will explore The Register of Edward the Black Prince 1351-1365 - a twice weekly record of events in the Duchy of Cornwall in the fourteenth century, compiled by the Duke's officials to inform the first Duke of Cornwall.

Dr Barham's Questions - Dr Barham, a surgeon from Truro, was commissioned to write a report on the work, homelife and health of children and young people working in the Cornish mines. His investigations and questions led to the 1842 Report which includes first-hand accounts from young people.

A Building for The Curious - This building, the former Penzance Public Library building, has a long history of nurturing the curious. It began its life as the Penzance Mining and Science School. The exhibition will look at the history of this much-loved civic building and the stories of the people behind its operation.