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Join us for an online seminar where we celebrate the breadth of our digital heritage project: Cornwall's Maritime Churches Project!

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Take an hour out of your Thursday evening to hear from maritime history experts, student volunteers and community participants of the heritage project that has run for the past two years with the University of Exeter and the Young Roots National Heritage Lottery Fund.

*This event has changed date and will now be happening on Thursday 29 April, 6.30 -7.30pm.

About the project

This youth engagement project has offered university and sixth form students between the ages of 16-25 the opportunity to pioneer new research upon Maritime Church history in Cornwall.

By exploring attitudes towards Maritime Churches in the past and the roles they played within sea-faring narratives, the origins and trajectories of contemporary ‘romanticism of Cornish heritage’ can be used to stimulate dialogue and research into Cornish Maritime Churches in the present. By allowing youth engagement with such an emerging area of social history, the young people involved have learnt how to approach a professional project within the heritage sector, whilst respectfully working alongside local people to discover the history behind church buildings and their communities.

The research collected has been translated into the most accessible format - audio visual. By allowing young people to use their skills in film, photography, 3D reconstruction and audio recordings, material of these churches have been, for the first time, accessible to a younger generation.

However our volunteers not only research in the archive, but also pursue coastal activities to better explore the role of the church as a maritime landmark. This event will demonstrate the range of student volunteers involved with the project who have exploited a range of practical research methods to better ground their research in the archive. From archaeology, sailing, kayaking, sea swimming, our volunteers will showcase how they acquainted themselves with the historic landscape.

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6.30pm – Introduction given by the Project Manager, Victoria Jenner

6.40-6.50pm - The importance of researching Cornwall's Maritime Church history with Dr Garry Tregidga and Dr Jo Esra

6.50-7.10pm: Volunteer stories: Hear from the experts and student volunteers

7.10-7.25pm - 'What is a Maritime Church to you?' Reflection session with members of the community and participants

7.25pm - Thanks and details regarding the project's Film Premiere series taking place Fri 29 Apr - Sun 2 May 2021, YouTube LIVE.

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The online event will be hosted on Microsoft Teams. A link will be sent to those who have registered for tickets closer to the time.

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