Culture, Heritage and Society (Gonisogeth, Ertach ha Kowethas)

Mullion Harbour and Making Sense of Transience

Caitlin DeSilvey, the Environment and Sustainability Institute

Key Findings:

  • The story of Mullion Harbour shows us that there are creative alternatives to heritage preservation and protection, which acknowledge historical value while embracing change.
  • The paper uses archival and ethnographical sources to explore different ways of seeing Mullion Cove and understanding its history.
  • As climate and coastal change accelerates, we will need new ways of understanding dynamic landscapes and making sense of change over time.

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The Torrey Canyon Disaster, Everyday Life, and the Greening of Britain.

Tim Cooper, Humanities, University of Exeter, Cornwall.

Key Findings:

  • The impacts of ‘mega-events’ on environmental consciousness may have been exaggerated
  • Oral histories of the Torey Canyon disaster off the Isles of Scilly show a much more complicated relationship with environmental movements than simply that the effects on wildlife trigger conservationism.
  • Although people were deeply concerned about the suffering of the wildlife, people did not necessarily associate this with ‘green’ ideas or environmentalism.

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Cornish Maritime Churches

Jo Esra, Victoria Jenner, Rebecca Orchard and Garry Tregidga (project lead), The Institute of Cornish Studies.

Key points:

  • Explores the history of Cornwall’s maritime churches from the distant past to the present day
  • Combines oral history with the use of film, photography and historic documents
  • Dissemination through an interactive website alongside written publications

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Cornish carols: Heritage in California and South Australia

Kate Neale, University of Exeter

Key Findings:

  • Cornish carols remain a part of diaspora communities in both California and South Australia.
  • Heritage is not static, but is part of a process, or dialogue between the past and the present.
  • The cultural meanings and significances given to heritage shift over time.

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Cornish Story

Key points:

  • An educational organisation that works in association with the Institute of Cornish Studies to investigate the cultural heritage of Cornwall and its global diaspora.
  • Combines written articles, oral history, music, photography, poetry and film on an online dissemination platform.
  • Supports interdisciplinary research in the field of Cornish Studies at the community level through a programme based on democratic scholarship.

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Celtic Revival

Key points:

  • What accounts for the revival of interest in Cornwall’s culture and heritage in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries?
  • How does Cornwall compare to the experience of the other Celtic nations?
  • What was the legacy of this period for subsequent developments in Cornwall’s cultural and political history?

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