Association for Cornish Heritage works with a number of organisations and groups to further work and projects in the heritage sector. Many of these are done with our primary partner Newquay Old Cornwall Society through Newquay Heritage Archive & Museum.
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Newquay Old Cornwall Society
Newquay Old Cornwall Society has been running for some 90 years and has carried out a good number of restoration and preservation projects as well as collecting an archive of photographs and documents. Recently the Newquay Old Cornwall Archaeology Group has been active in carrying out a large amount of clearance work on a number of sites throughout the seven parishes covered by the society.
Since 2002 Newquay Old Cornwall Society have run a museum room at Dairyland Farm World augmenting the farming museum there. This has recently been expanded and joined by Redruth Old Cornwall Society with a variety of additional displays of historic artefacts.
They are our partner at Newquay Heritage Archive & Museum, a volunteer led community museum and archive in the heart of old Newquay.
Newquay Heritage Archive & Museum was originally set up in 2013 as an archive of photographs and documents collected by Newquay Old Cornwall Society over many decades. This had been situated at the top of the Newquay Council offices, but relocation to Central House meant that access by the public was far easier.
In 2014 an adjacent room became available and a Newquay Old Cornwall Society museum room was created. Since then the corridor became the 'Corridor Gallery' with lots of exhibition and display material on show. The addition of the Association for Cornish Heritage museum and gallery room in April 2019 provided additional material for visitors.
A separate Association for Cornish Heritage research room is now available with many hundreds of books relating to Cornwall available for researchers. Computer and WiFi access is also available as is information from some 6,000 more books, journals and documents from a private collection. The book collection is also growing to include Celtic themes.
Truro & Penwith College - History Heritage & Archaeology
The FdA degree in History, Heritage and Archaeology has many distinctive features such as the development of research skills with guidance on an assortment of approaches that could be taken and the variety of methods that could be used, including presenting findings to an audience and exhibition work. The rich historical resources of Cornwall offer the perfect opportunity to experience history and pre-history through their living remains, landscape and environment.
Association for Cornish Heritage through its partnership in Newquay Heritage Archive & Museum has been pleased to work with tutors and students on this course. A number of projects and exhibitions have been carried out providing museum visitors with a range of interesting displays.
We are proactive in promoting these courses as it is important that Cornwall has educational facilities that benefit interest and knowledge in Cornwall's heritage.
Blystra Arts is a Newquay based performance art company who put on and create unique arts’ events and performances that are interactive, fun and accessible, designed to engage the whole community. Performance, visual art and music are the main art forms of the organisation. They create original performances, offer engaging arts activity and produce and promote other arts organisations to present their work within the town, bringing an array of exciting work to the Newquay community. Their projects and activities offer participants a unique and quirky experience, using the arts to engage and work with many different groups in Newquay, across Cornwall and beyond.
Blystra Arts is passionate about Newquay which is a positive, dynamic and vibrant place to live, and use their arts activity to communicate their town’s uniqueness to the outside world, while inspiring people who already live in the town. green and eco technologies to power all their outdoor creations.
Newquay Old Cornwall Society and Association for Cornish Heritage through their partnership in Newquay Heritage Archive & Museum have worked with Blystra Arts on various projects. This included the very successful ‘Tide & Time project’ and in 2019 the ‘Faces of Newquay’ project.
Newquay Marine Group
Set up in 2013 by a group of passionate locals, Newquay Marine Group is a community run conservation group that works to protect Newquay’s coastline for the future and to shout about the incredible life that shares our shores. In 2016 NMG contributed to data helping designate Newquay as a Marine Conservation Zone. NMG are involved in a variety of projects surveying the coastline with a programme of activities and events open to all. These include educational talks, beach cleans, rockpool rambles, family events and training our community on scientific survey methods.
Newquay Marine Group raises awareness of global issues such as marine plastics, to solving Newquay’s litter problem and promoting local delicious, sustainable seafood encouraging those businesses to become more environmentally friendly.
A project to increase awareness of the danger of plastics entitled 'Plastics in the Oceans' run by Newquay Heritage Archive & Museum the input and support of Newquay Marine Group was crucial to the start of this project which had very successful outcomes for all the project partners. The exhibition expanded to take in a display at Dairyland Farm World and utilising material from Fistral Beach Clean also a mobile display for outreach work.
Fistral Beach Clean
Fistral Beach Clean was founded on 30 October 2010 ‘Protecting what we love...’ On the last Saturday of each month volunteers join together to remove marine and other litter from the beautiful Fistral Beach.
They have now completed over 180 beach cleans collecting vast quantities of waste from the beach and dunes. Following storms some of these beach clean collections have uncovered some historic waste dating back to 1984. These were donated to Newquay Heritage Archive & Museum and these items along with an artistic ‘Plastic Waste Surfboard’ have been displayed in Newquay Heritage Archive & Museum forming part of the ‘Plastics in the Ocean’ environmental project.
This display along with display material from Newquay Marine Group has created great interest with visitors especially children.
Urban Kelt born on St Patricks Day 2011 promotes Celtic Culture and Language through Music and the Arts. With over 600 Celtic Music events, Art exhibitions and Food Festivals on its sleeve including Celtic Cinema and Celtic Comedy, across the UK and Ireland it has brought a refreshing Celtic identity and appeal to a younger generation, and flies the flag sitting alongside the other Celtic Organisations in the top 10 global Celtic platforms.
Newquay St Piran's Group
Newquay St Pirans Festival celebrates Cornwall’s National Day and St Piran’s Day here in Newquay at the heart of Cornish heritage.
Newquay St Piran's Group was set up in 2015 to coordinate a St Piran's Day series of events. The original Newquay celebration day has now extended to a festival week with numerous events throughout the town. Newquay Old Cornwall Society along with Association for Cornish Heritage through its museum activities put up displays within the town and carryout a number of visual presentations relating to Newquay and Cornwall.
The organising committee are pleased to welcome all those who are wishing to participate along with schools, businesses and organisations.
Dairyland Farm World
Dairyland Farm World is one of if not the the finest agricultural museums in the South West of Britain. It has some wonderful heritage and agricultural displays and large pieces of historic farm equipment. So much to see at Dairyland Farm World bedsides all the animals and children's activities.
Newquay Old Cornwall Society is fortunate to have been part of this with our own Newquay and Cornwall related displays since 2002. This has recently expanded with an increase in the variety of displays and also having been joined by museum exhibitions from Redruth Old Cornwall Society.
More recently displays have been added from our Association for Cornish Heritage collections and displays by students from the History, Heritage and Archaeology Department at Truro College.
Celtic Congress Cornwall
Celtic Congress Cornwall is a branch of the International Celtic Congress that is dedicated to supporting and promoting Cornish language, culture and heritage by means of grant funding and sponsorship of other organisations and individuals who are directly involved in activities with the same ethos and aims.
The International Celtic Congress creates links with fellow Celts in Brittany, Wales, Scotland, Isle of Man and Ireland. There is an annual International Celtic Congress conference that discusses Celtic themes and how these can be highlighted and progressed in the 21st century. These are held on a rotational basis through all the Celtic nations.
As part of a programme of showing contemporary relevance Celtic Congress Cornwall is helping sponsor modern Cornish Celtic Music. This is being done through working with Urban Kelt and Association for Cornish Heritage, where a series of Cornish Celtic music events are being held in and around the Newquay area.