News update from the Penwith Local History Group

News update from the Penwith Local History Group,
June 2019


First, our apologies for the long silence as regards news. We have not all been asleep since September 2017 – but we have been busy hosting a day visit from the Cornwall Association of Local Historians, updating our archive system and, of course,  writing and uploading our 365 ‘On This Day’ items – amounting to well over 100,000 words in total. As if this wasn’t enough, we have also been preparing our new book. It is currently at the printers and will be available later in the summer – more details next month.

We will also be appearing as usual at Penzance Literary Festival. This year’s Festival theme is ‘Borderlines,’ and we have put together an illustrated presentation entitled ‘Borders, Boundaries and Big Ideas’. Full details here. Please do come and see our show – and if you have any questions or comments about the website or other aspects of our work, there will be plenty of time afterwards for a chat.  The place is Penlee Coach House (in Penlee Park – ask at the Penlee House Museum or the Festival hub at the Acorn Theatre if you’re unsure); the day Friday 5th July; the time 2.30 pm; and the price a modest £4. Bargain!

The Festival also features a number of other history-related events, mostly priced at £4. These include the Penwith Landscape Partnership’s presentation on the Tinners Way , Amanda Harris talking about her novel about the Womens Auxiliary Army Corps, and two chances to enjoy Anna McClary’s ever-popular literary walk around Penzance.

There is also a special Cornish evening on Saturday 6th July, which begins with Will Coleman speaking on Plen an Gwari, then local historian Michael Sagar- Fenton interviewing Sue Ellery-Hill about folk musician Brenda Wootton,  and finally musicians An Gof presenting the story of the Cornish rebellion of 1495 and a ‘shout’ with Red River Singers. The ticket price of £15 for An Gof includes ‘Cornish tapas’ from the renowned Honey Pot café and a drink - try the locally brewed craft beer - from the Acorn bar.

Details of all events, and a link to buy tickets on line, can be found here

So we hope to see you soon, if you live within reach – and if not, we’ll try to present our news more regularly in future!




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