Cornwall’s Heritage Explored
The richness of Cornwall’s heritage is here to be enjoyed by the millions of visitors who travel to this extraordinary county every year. Cornwall’s customs and culture are characterised still by Cornish residents of long standing and embraced by those who have recently made Cornwall their home. The landscapes and harbours pay homage to the county’s legacy of mining and the tradition of Cornwall’s seafaring ways.
Here are some useful places to start if you’re looking to delve into the history books of Cornwall:
Royal Cornwall Museum The Royal Institution of Cornwall – the organisation that owns and manages the Royal Cornwall Museum and Courtney Library – was founded in 1818 for ‘the promotion of knowledge in natural history, ethnology and the fine and industrial arts, especially in relation to Cornwall’. This is still at the heart of everything the RCM does nowadays.
Cornwall County Archives – Cornwall Archives and Cornish Studies Service is comprised of Cornwall Record Office and the Cornish Studies Library. Its function is to celebrate and promote the written and printed heritage of Cornwall and ensure that these extraordinary collections are preserved and forever available to individuals and communities.
Although not a recently up-dated site, Camborne School of Mines is a cornucopia of information for those interested it what has gone on under the incredible landscapes we hold so dear.
Geever Tin Mine – is run by the charity Pendeen Community Heritage which relies on help from many sources but, in turn, aims to conserve the unique heritage of Geevor Tin Mine and uses the site for all forms of education and to create sustainable employment.