Mes a’n Kemmyn/Out of the Ordinary

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

This summer, Kresen Kernow is holding a very special temporary exhibition as four historic Cornish language play scripts return to Cornwall for the first time in centuries. The exhibition unites 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 is essential to book your gallery 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 due to the size of the gallery. 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. For the most up-to-date information about visiting Kresen Kernow, and information about booking a research visit, go to our Visit Us page.

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

Out of the Ordinary exhibition – September tickets

For a taste of what you can see during the exhibition, visit our online exhibition here. You can also watch our introductory talk about the exhibition and events programme.

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.

You can discover more about the whole programme by viewing this downloadable leaflet.

Out of the Ordinary Frequently Asked Questions

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.