Bones found on Cornish coast analysed

Two sets of bones found on the Cornish coast last year have now been analysed. One, found on cliffs near Padstow, dates from the 18th century, perhaps a shipwrecked sailor; the other, at Sennen, come from a Bronze Age man, c.1300BC. [Cornwall Archaeological Unit]

Aerial dance show explores Cornish mining woman’s story

This summer, ‘Estah’s Story’, a sky-high, major spectacle of aerial performances, will tell the story of the Cornish ‘Bal maiden’ Estah and is set to take audience members on an emotionally-stirring journey through the highs and lows of the reality of mining times this August at Heartlands, Cornwall. Estah’s Story is quite literally a ‘moving’ … Read more

Trace your Isles of Scilly ancestors

By Anne Corlett. These islands just off the coast of Cornwall are part of England, but they do have their own genealogical challenges. The census and civil registration records are part of the England and Wales data sets, and can be viewed online at any site that holds these sources. The island’s parish registers are … Read more

Dark tourism, darker history: exploring museums of crime

If you want to know more about your criminal ancestors, there are an increasing number of museums catering to your needs, as Nell Darby explores. Dark tourism is the act of travelling to sites that are associated with death, tragedy or crime. As such, dark tourism has been increasingly analysed by academics, drawing parallels between … Read more

Exploring Cornwall’s heritage

Mike Bedford, a Camborne School of Mines researcher, has long been fascinated with Cornish mine engine houses. Here, he looks at the county’s history and industrial heritage. Although it’s rightly popular as holiday destination, it is all too easy to think of Cornwall as a bywater far removed from the UK’s industrial powerhouses and business … Read more