News and events

The Institute of Cornish Studies hosts a number of events throughout the year, aimed at academics and at members of the public. Check our news and events pages below for the latest information on upcoming conferences, workshops and seminars.

Upcoming events

Agan Kernow (the outreach programme of the Institute of Cornish Studies) is working in partnership with the Cornwall Heritage Trust to develop a programme of seminars to promote a greater understanding of Cornwall’s cultural heritage. Talks, music and storytelling events are being held throughout Cornwall:

  • Looe, 25th October 2018 at 6.30pm: Dr Jo Esra will talk on ‘The Barbary Pirates’ at the Sardine Factory in Looe with a performance by Miner Quay.
  • Crantock, 27th October 2018 at 7pm: David Eyles will speak on the ‘Memories of West Pentire’ at the Crantock Village Hall.  Music by Fiddle me Timbers and others
  • Gunwen, 17th November 2018 at 2.30pm: A seminar led by Dr Caradoc Peters and Andrew Langdon on the Spiritual landscape of the Helman Tor area with music by Kana Rescorla and Clay Country history study led by Malcolm Gould
  • Penryn, 5th December 2018 at 5pm: Froshie Evans will facilitate a music and storytelling event on the theme of Nadelik (Christmas) starting in Tremough House

    Destinations for 2019 include Helston, Bude and Penzance. For further details: email

Past events

Jesse Foot (Cornwall Council) will give a talk entitled 'Cousin Jack Come Back'. Jesse is Cornwall Councillor for St Germans and chairman of the Council's Cornish Minority Working Group. His talk will be followed by a general discussion on the subject of the National Minority Status of the Cornish and forms part of the ICS Cornish Futures programme. It will be held in Peter Lanyon Building, Seminar 2.

Kemeneth, 7th Annual Conference of the Institute of Studies: This conference, entitled 'Kemeneth' (Cornish for 'Community'), focused on the theme of public engagement with Cornwall and Cornish Studies and marked the launch of the Institute's Agan Kernow outreach programme for 2018-19. Speakers introduced their work through the talks in a wide range of areas including enviornmental history, Cornish history, Cornish surnames and Cornish Democracy. 

ICS Seminar Series

The start of the autumn term 2017 saw the launch of a new interdisciplinary Institute of Cornish Studies Seminar Series on the Penryn Campus.

Politics Seminar: Rebecca Tidy (ICS) and Garry Tregidga (ICS) explored subjects ranging from Cornwall’s Brexit vote in 2016 to the regional significance of this year’s general election with reference to Cornish political history since 1918. What is the historical context for these developments? What explains the decline of the Liberal Democrats? Is there still a Cornish political agenda?

Cultural Seminar: Bob Keys (Cornish Audio Visual Archive) and Lamorna Spry (ICS Associates) lead a seminar exploring cultural identity with a particular emphasis on film and the marketing of Cornwall through visual representations. How was Cornwall presented through film in the past? What are the core factors in its visual representation? How can Cornwall be more effectively marketed in the future?