The Cornish Diaspora

27 Jun 2014

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Free, donations welcome

England, United Kingdom


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  • Buses stop in the centre of Penzance.
  • The Exchange is a five-minute walk from the train and bus stations

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1.30pm The International Significance of Cornish Mining by Ainsley Cocks. Cornish Mining is global. The explosion of metalliferous mining which took place in Cornwall and West Devon during the 18th and 19th centuries gave rise to a world-wide spread of mine workers and technology, which helped shape mining internationally. Ainsley Cocks of the Cornish Mining World Heritage Site team sets out the importance of mining in Cornwall and West Devon, and provides a flavour of how mining migration influenced communities around the globe through the spread of Cornish culture and traditions. Free, donations welcome 2.30pm Letters from America by Chloe Phillips Exploring Cornwall's ‘Great Migration' through the correspondence of one family. The talk will explore what a collection of documents held at Cornwall Record Office reveals about Cornwall's ‘Great Migration' and will focus specifically on the richly detailed, humorous letters of one family member, Richard J Scoble, an 18-year-old miner who migrated to Nevada in May 1874. His letters to his mother span an eleven-year period and in the talk they will be considered in the light of the broader story of Cornish migration. Free, donations welcome.

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