Mes a’n Kemmyn/Out of the Ordinary

22 Jun 2021 25 Sep 2021
Time: 10.00am - 4.00pm

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.

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