Kresen Kernow E-newsletter Spring 2018
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Welcome

Welcome to the Spring 2018 edition of the Kresen Kernow e-newsletter. We hope you enjoy reading about what we've been up to, and are looking forward to spring kicking in after what has seemed like a very long winter!

Kind regards,
The Archives and Cornish Studies Service Team

News

Construction work is moving on apace at Kresen Kernow. The roof tiles have gone on the old brewhouse and most of the windows are in. The spine that runs across the roof line and ends in the viewing window on the first floor has been covered in copper and it looks great! The gable ends of the brewhouse are just about finished and work has started on linking the brewhouse to the new archive store. The archive store is just about complete and it’s huge. Our Collections Officer has worked out that we’ll have just under 14 miles of shelving in the new strongrooms! Now we all we have to do is dry out all the concrete, insulate it and add the external concrete cladding... The size of Kresen Kernow is really apparent now and externally it finally looks like the architect’s drawings. Internally, though, there’s still quite a bit to do. If you’d like to come and see it for yourself, the next public tours will be in September; keep an eye on our social media and What’s On page for further details.  
 
Events and Activities Update

We've started 2018 with a varied range of events and activities, including jewellery and pocket-making inspired by archives. Over a hundred people braved the chilly weather for our site tours in mid-March as well. 

You might have seen our Cornwall in Colour exhibition mentioned in the local press. We've been delighted with the reaction people have had to our newly colourised photos and we had a full house for a talk by the colouriser, Joshua Barrett. He revealed that to create the image below he worked with over a thousand different Photoshop layers! 

To see pictures and the latest news from all our events, find us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram @kresenkernow. 

What's On

Our 'Cornwall in Colour' exhibition is on at the Cornish Studies Library until Saturday April 14th. It features six images, newly colourised by Joshua Barrett, as well as the stories behind them. One of these is the picture above of a day trip for Redruth Wesley Young Men's Bible Class; the exhibition reveals how the First World War disrupted the class' activities for years to come. 

Our next ArTchive workshop - Speaking Volumes - is now open for booking. Guided by author and historian, Steph Haxton, this writing workshop will search the spines, mine the lines and seek along the library shelves for the prompts for your pens. The workshop takes place at the Cornish Studies Library in Redruth on Monday April 23rd from 10am-4pm. It costs £10, payable on booking, and includes materials. Contact the Studies Library on 01209 216 760 for booking or more information. 

On Saturday April 28th, the Devon and Cornwall Record Society is celebrating the long career of Cornwall's former County Archivist, Christine Edwards, with an event at Cornwall Record Office. 'Desert Island Documents' will see Christine in conversation with Dr Oliver Padel from 2pm-3pm. Booking and payment are arranged through the Society. For more information visit our What's On page. 

We will also be celebrating Murdoch Day in Redruth on Saturday June 16th with a new display about flight to mark the centenary of the formation of the Royal Air Force, as well as fun family activities. To keep most up to date with our plans find us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @kresenkernow, or visit our What’s On page.

Recent Acquisitions

The Cornish Studies Library has recently acquired Linkinhorne: The story of a Cornish Parish, edited by Simon Parker. This book was researched and written by people with strong links to Linkinhorne.  It takes the reader on a journey through time, from the geology of the hills, valleys and moorland of the parish, to the present day. Over 40 people contributed to the book including archaeologists and young people. 
 
Older titles are also regularly donated and just recently the Library received a booklet called ‘Souvenir from Looe’.  It was published by the Cornish Riviera Press in the 1930s and includes eight postcard sized reproductions from oil paintings by Herbert Truman, one of which features above.

A fascinating estate map showing the Manor of Penpont and Treglasta, in the parishes of Altarnun, Davidstow and St Clether, was one acquisition made by Cornwall Record Office this quarter. It was surveyed by Robert Sandercock of Altarnun in 1847, and includes details such as bound stones, the Wheal Roughtor mine sett, the manor pound and Lanlary [Lanlavery] Rock. A table of reference gives names of tenements and their tenants.

Collection Highlight

During the 18th century, pupils of the keyboard often learnt from manuscripts handwritten by their teachers. Famous surviving examples include those from the Bach and Mozart families. The Record Office has one owned by Philippa Davies, dated 1747, who was taught by Richard Clack. The book is in two hands, presumably Clack’s was the more assured hand that wrote most of it, and Philippa wrote the simpler items at the end, which include fingering.
 
The pieces are keyboard transcriptions of contemporary ‘hits’. Handel features prominently among composers that are still familiar today to Baroque music buffs (Boyce, Stanley, Corelli, Hasse) and others that are less so. There are arrangements of songs and instrumental works, as well as two arrangements of God Save the King, which had only just become popular after the Jacobite Rising. There is also some music theory.
 
Richard Clack became the organist at Hereford Cathedral, where he conducted probably the premiere performance of Handel’s Messiah in a cathedral at the Three Choirs Festival in 1759.


Jeremy Rendall
 
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