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Film Premiere: Maritime History Documentary Series

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Join us for a live viewing of each 30-minute episode from our Maritime History Documentary Series, made with the University of Exeter.

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In these three episodes, join Victoria Jenner, a historian at the University of Exeter, for an adventure across the Duchy. From Tintagel in the North East to Paul in the far west, Victoria will be investigating Maritime Churches and questioning how far religion and the sea have played a prominent role in cultural constructions of Cornwall through time.

The first episode explores the development of myths and legends, the second concentrates upon sea fishing, smuggling and ship-building and the final episode looks at shipwrecks and wrecking stories.

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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. It has been funded by the Young Roots Heritage Lottery Fund and steered by the University of Exeter's Penryn Humanities.

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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