Event category: Talk

Women writers and Georgian Cornwall – free online talk

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Join historian Charlotte Mackenzie for this talk about her new book ‘Women writers and Georgian Cornwall’.

In her new book, Charlotte MacKenzie explores the lives of women writers connected with Cornwall during the Georgian era. All were published authors. Cornwall influenced the writing of the Brontës through their mother’s Cornish relations. Charlotte introduces the lives and writing of twelve women who are less well known than the Brontës, including Catherine Phillips, Elizabeth Trefusis, Dorothy Enys and Anna Maria Wood. The purpose of Charlotte’s book “Women writers and Georgian Cornwall” (2020) is to unforget these women’s lives and writing, and examine what they can tell us about Cornwall’s history, culture, and literary traditions.

The talk will take place on Zoom. Please book your ticket through Eventbrite. Joining instructions will be sent out via email by 2pm on Thursday 11 February. Please note, you will need to register with Eventbrite and Zoom in order to book and attend the event.

Researching the Cornish Diaspora – free online talk

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Join Mike Kiernan, director of the Cornish Global Migration Project, to find out more about the project’s work. The talk will provide an introduction to the Cornish diaspora, the project’s comprehensive database and their work and future plans. The talk will also be available to watch on our YouTube channel at a later date.

The event will be hosted using Zoom, and joining information will be sent out by email before 2pm on Thursday 4 February. Please book your ticket via Eventbrite. Please note, you will need to register with Eventbrite and Zoom in order to attend the talk.

Falmouth’s Historic Jewish Cemetery – free online talk

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*FULLY BOOKED*

During the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, small, but viable Jewish communities grew up in Cornwall, principally in Falmouth, Truro and Penzance. The thriving seaports of the south coast and the southwest attracted Jewish traders. Falmouth, in addition to its international maritime trade that was centred on its deep-water harbour, also had a flourishing economic hinterland based on fishing, agriculture and mining. Jews were welcomed and even encouraged to settle here. Their trading skills and linguistic abilities were a distinct advantage in this cosmopolitan town.

Falmouth’s historic Jewish Cemetery had been established here in the early- to mid- eighteenth century, around the same time as the adjoining Dissenters’ Burying Ground, on land granted to both religious communities by Sir Frances Basset, Lord de Dunstanville. Anthony Fagin, curator of the Jewish Cemetery and secretary of the Friends of the Ponsharden Cemeteries, will describe some of the historic characters interred there and outline current plans for the restoration and preservation of both these historic burial grounds.

This talk will take place on Zoom. Please book your place on Eventbrite. Joining information will be sent out by email before 2pm on Thursday 28 January. The talk will be available to view on our YouTube channel at a later date.