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Charity Registration No. 1129987 - Cornish Quest is a charity and relies on your donations
Cornish Quest is a small charity based in Cornwall which has been established to encourage the education of Cornish history, culture, language and law. Cornish Quest was registered as a charity in 2009 and its Charity Commission registration number is 1129987. The organisation is run by a small group of Trustees.
We believe Cornish history and culture should be more widely accessible to all and we are committed to supporting the teaching and learning of Cornish heritage for people of all ages.
Please find out more about our recent projects on this page and explore the site which has plenty of resources on Cornish History.
You can support Cornish Quest by attending events and please consider making a donation. We are currently fund-raising to provide Cornish secondary schools with a pack of reference books on Cornwall's mining industries.
FESTIVAL KERNEWEK - PENZANCE CORNISH LANGUAGE FESTIVAL
Cornish Quest is preparing to run a Cornish language and culture festival in Penzance following a successful application to the Big Lottery 'Celebrate' Fund.
Festival Kernewek – Penzance Cornish Language Festival will be a nine day festival held in the Acorn Theatre from Saturday 25th February 2017 to Sunday 5th March, St Piran’s Day, 2017.
The Acorn Theatre, Penzance - venue for the Cornish Quest Festival Kernewek: Cornish Language Festival 2017
CORNISH MINING REFERENCE BOOKS
Cornish Quest has just completed the donation of fourteen reference books on Cornish mining and technology to all secondary schools in Cornwall.
Some of the messages from schools:
"I was extremely impressed by the detail, breadth and variety of levels of information within the resources, they will enhance the college collection greatly."
"We have a Cornish/local section in the library where these new books will take pride of place"
"These books are going to help a great deal in our research"
"The History department have a module they deliver to the students which will find the resources an excellent source of information for the students to use in teaching classes as well as lessons held in the college library"
Cornish Mining Pack
Cornish Mining Pack
Cornish Quest Trustees are in the process of putting together a pack of top level books and resources on Cornish mining to donate to every secondary school in Cornwall.
"Cornwall's mining and engineering has had such a profound and positive effect on Cornwall and the world. It is important for children to know and understand this"
Cornish Quest is very grateful for support and assistance from partners and colleagues for their donations of resources to the Cornish Mining Schools Pack
Playwright, journalist and Cornish Bard Simon Parker has very generously gifted 40 CD copies of his drama 'The Horses Stood Still' which celebratesTrevithick's momentous achievements and, in the words of the author, 'allows Trevithick to put the record straight about his life, his work and his motivations'. The part of Trevithick is played by another outstanding Cornishman, Benjamin Luxon. For more information about 'The Horses Stood Still' please follow this link
Listen to an excerpt from the play
Cornish Quest is also grateful to the Trevithick Society who have made a much appreciated donation of three sets of books for the pack:
These resources will all give young people in Cornwall an accessible insight into the international importance of Cornish mining.
'The Horses Stood Still' by Simon Parker
Illustrations from 'Climax illustrated' Climax rock drill company
The Richard Angove Bursary
The Richard Angove Bursary is an award made to an Institute of Cornish Studies student. This is an annual book bursary in honour of Cornish Quest's first Treasurer, Richard Angove and is awarded to students of the Institute who show strong commitment to Cornwall and a clear understanding of Cornish history.
The Bursary is funded by donations from Cornish Quest, Mrs Angela Angove and Ms Juliette Angove.
The Richard Angove Bursary 2016
The subject of this year's competition was:
What are the likely benefits to the cultural and political life of Cornwall of the government's recognition of National Minority status for the Cornish in 2014?
The winner of this year's Bursary was Alexandre Ollington who was awarded his prize at a St Piran's Day Conference held by the Institute of Cornish Studies at Penryn Campus on 4th March 2016.
Chairman of Cornish Quest, Mrs Angela Angove presents James Lynch with the 2015 Richard Angove Bursary at the Association of Celtic Students of Ireland and Britain Conference.
Following successful fundraisers at the St Day Christmas Bazaar in 2014 and 2015, Cornish Quest will be running stalls at St Day Feast, Newlyn Fish Festival and St Day Christmas Bazaar
Please get in touch with admin@cornishquest if you are able to contribute good including hand-made gifts, especially those with a Cornish theme!
Cornish History Reference Pack for Schools
Secondary schoolchildren in Cornwall are able to explore all sorts of aspects of Cornwall's history by checking out the books about Cornwall donated recently by Cornish Quest to every Cornish secondary school.
The books are the same for each school and they are:
1. Cornovia - Craig Weatherhill
2. Cornwall in the Age of Steam - Charles Guthrie
3. The Saints of Cornwall - Catherine Rachel John
4. Cornwall's People - Carolyn Martin
5. Cornish! A Dictionary of Phrases, Terms and Epithets Beginning with the word "Cornish" Thornton B. Edwards
6. Life in Cornwall in the early C19th - ed. R M Barton
7. Life in Cornwall 1939-42 - Catherine Ince
8. The Falmouth Packets - Tony Pawlyn
9. Our Future is History -John Angarrack
10. Maga Schools' Cornish Dictionary
11. Cornish Place Names - Craig Weatherhill
12. Scoot Dances, Troyls, Furrys and Tea Treats - Merv, Alison & Jowdy Davey
13. The Theatre of Cornwall- Dr Alan Kent
14. The Ordinalia - Dr Alan Kent