This month in our Cornish poetry series, we have Melanie William’s touching poem about her aunt Joan. Gingham not silk, linen not sable Plain stitch and cross stitch Displace embroidery.  All honest, simple practical A frank face, impish smile, open heart, Recall the early, stronger, taller Joan.   In childhood group, large-eyed She looks on…Continue Reading “Poetry: Joan”

In the second of the series covering the history of Cornish pubs and ale houses, Chris Knight provides an interesting insight into the role played by the White Hart Hotel in the development of St Austell. “Thence I went over the heath to St Austins wch is a Little market town where I Lay, but their houses are…Continue Reading “At the Hart of it all”

General Strike of GWR workers

This month, we have the first of a three-part article looking at the history of the two Great Western Railway housing estates, ‘Little Moscow’ and ‘Moscow Row’ in Cornwall, and their economic and political standings over the years. Green Close and Chy-An-Mor in Truro and Penzance respectively were two Great Western Railway (GWR) housing estates….Continue Reading “Little Moscow and Moscow Row: Part 1”

Celtic Cross

An academic article by Dr Samantha Rayne which focuses on the prominence of Henry Jenner and his life’s work in helping to shape the Celtic identity. Read below to discover more. This article seeks to explore the influence of Henry Jenner as one of the most prominent figures of the Celtic Revival in Cornwall and…Continue Reading “Cornish Celtic Identity”

Pendeen sunset

As a memoir of ancestor research in Cornwall, Lesley Carter uncovers the journey she carried out to find more information about her great grandfather. With a captivating and honest style of writing, read on to discover more. It is Thursday 7 May 2009 and I am on my way to Cornwall.  I am embarking on…Continue Reading “Looking for George Henry Guy: 1”

In mid-2012, the Cornish Audio Visual Archive were given several reels of film dating from the 1930s. They held unique images taken by a man, Cecil Baldwin, who visited Cornwall and Devon on holiday many times in his life. His affection for the South-west shows through in the recovered footage, the full version capturing nearly…Continue Reading “1930s Cornish Film”