Event category: Exhibition

Out of the Ordinary symposium

photo of document with Out of the Ordinary logo in the middle

Join a variety of speakers for a fascinating day at Kresen Kernow exploring the miracles and mysteries behind the manuscripts in the Out of the Ordinary exhibition, as well as a chance to view the exhibition.

The event will be hosted by Will Coleman. The morning will feature presentations by Professor Michelle Brown, Dr Oliver Padel and Ken George outlining the four manuscripts (The Cornish Ordinalia, Creation of the World, Bewnans Meriasek, Bewnans Ke) which have returned to Cornwall for the first time in centuries for this exhibition.

At lunch there will be a chance to purchase refreshments at Kresen Kernow’s new Ginkgo Cafe (or you’re welcome to bring a packed lunch), as well as see the Out of the Ordinary exhibition.

The afternoon will take the form of a panel discussion about how the plays may have been staged in the past, and the challenges and thrills of staging them today. The panel features Jason Squibb (St Just Ordinalia), Simon Harvey (o-region, Kneehigh), Sue Hill (Wildworks), Jack Morrison (Feast), Guy Watson (Cousin Jack’s) and Bethany Lyne (Cornwall365).

Symposium attendees are welcome to stay on for the launch of Professor Michelle Brown’s new book ‘The Word and the Shaping of Cornwall Before the Reformation: Stone, Scripture and Playscripts’ (Francis Boutle, 2021). A full programme will be sent to attendees closer to the time.

Please note: due to ongoing covid restrictions and social distancing, spaces for this event are exceptionally limited and pre-booking is essential. The event will be filmed and made available via our YouTube channel at a later date. Please book your ticket via Eventbrite. 

Mes a’n Kemmyn/Out of the Ordinary

Scan of page showing circular diagram with handwritten words in medieval Cornish.

This summer, Kresen Kernow hosts a very special temporary exhibition as four historic Cornish language play scripts return to Cornwall for the first time in centuries. The exhibition will unite The Cornish Ordinalia and The Creation of the World (on loan from the Bodleian Libraries at the University of Oxford) with The Life of St Meriadoc/Bewnans Meriasek and The Life of St Kea/Bewnans Ke (on loan from the National Library of Wales in Aberystwyth) under one roof  for the first time in history. The manuscripts form a very significant part of Cornwall’s written and language heritage, as well as providing glimpses of a distinct theatrical tradition which took place here centuries ago.

Due to the small size of the Treasures Gallery at Kresen Kernow, it will be essential to book your visit via Eventbrite. Entry to the Treasures Gallery is available by timed admission. One ticket is available per time slot, and we recommend this is for no more than 6 people (from a maximum of 2 households, following current rules). We advise arriving around 20 minutes before your time slot to enable you to enjoy the first part of the exhibition, which is in the downstairs reception area. Head to this page for the most up-to-date information about visiting Kresen Kernow.

To book tickets, please follow the links below. Please note, you will need to register with Eventbrite.

Out of the Ordinary exhibition – June tickets

Out of the Ordinary exhibition – July tickets

Out of the Ordinary exhibition – August tickets

Out of the Ordinary exhibition – September tickets

For a taste of what you can see, visit our online exhibition here.

We are planning a wide range of events and activities to celebrate this special occasion. Keep an eye on this What’s On page, and on our social media for more information. You can also experience the magic of a medieval mystery play as The Cornish Ordinalia is being performed in full in St Just this September. Visit the St Just Ordinalia website to find out more.

Image, showing a stage diagram from The Life of St Meriadoc manuscript, courtesy of the National Library of Wales.