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26 Places in Cornwall Exhibition at Penry Campus Library

August 23, 2023

Work by students from Falmouth University鈥檚 School of Communication and Institute of Photography is currently on show in the exhibition space next to the Compass Desk at Penryn Campus Library. The display takes viewers on a unique A鈥揨 journey through 26 Cornish places and their richly resonant names, in poetry and photography. A beautifully produced book designed by a team of Graphic Design BA(Hons) students, also accompanies the exhibition.

The exhibition seeks to unlock the secrets of language, history, and the legend of some of Cornwall鈥檚 place names. To do so, the national writers鈥 association invited 26 writers to visit 26 places around Cornwall, some well-known, some well off the beaten track. Photographers then took the writers鈥 words with them to explore these places and inspire their own work, and the result is a multi-faceted celebration of Cornwall and its richly storied culture.

Julia Webb-Harvey, a Falmouth-based writer, PhD student and co-organiser of the project, said: 鈥淟ike many people who live in Cornwall or come here as visitors, I鈥檝e long been fascinated by the wonderful resonance of Cornish place names. There鈥檚 so much history and so many fascinating stories behind these, and that鈥檚 what we wanted to uncover.

鈥淲e鈥檝e included places for every letter of the alphabet and in every part of Cornwall. Finding an X was challenging but it turns out there is one 鈥 though it鈥檚 not at all easy to get to!鈥

Each writer has created a 鈥榮estude鈥 鈥 a poem of exactly 62 words 鈥 in response to their place, and these are being shown alongside the photographers鈥 work at Penryn Campus Library.

The accompanying book includes poems, photography and longer explorations of the places and their names, with an introduction by Cornish language expert Kensa Broadhurst looking at how historical and linguistic change has shaped the names of Cornwall鈥檚 villages and towns. Penryn Library have three physical copies of the book, titled 鈥26 Places in Cornwall鈥, available in their collection to be borrowed.

Tom Scott, a writer and Falmouth University lecturer who helped organise the project, said: 鈥淚 was assigned to Nancekuke, near Portreath, which has not only a fascinating history but also a mysteriously ambiguous name. The Cornish language has changed over time, and possible derivations from Kernewek include phrases meaning 鈥榖lind valley鈥, 鈥榚mpty cemetery鈥, or possibly even 鈥榗uckoo valley鈥.

鈥淎t one time it was home to the UK鈥檚 largest chemical weapons factory, but before that it was a popular spot for picnickers from nearby Redruth, and famous for its splendid turnips. It was an extraordinarily beautiful spot to visit, but it also felt haunted by many ghosts from the past.鈥

The celebrated Falmouth-based poet Penelope Shuttle was assigned to Feock and was so inspired by it that she produced 26 sestudes responding to the place and the shadowy saint from whom it takes its name, five of which are included in the book.

The photographers contributing to the project are all Cornwall-based and include several who have shown internationally as well some of Falmouth University鈥檚 most talented student photographers.

Tom said: 鈥淏eing able to involve students in collaborations like this is one of the best things about teaching at a multi-arts university. It鈥檚 a great way of challenging them creatively and gives them valuable experience of working on high-profile projects alongside professional practitioners. And the work they鈥檝e produced for the show is stunningly good.鈥

The exhibition at Penryn Campus Library will run until Friday 20 October. The library is open from 9am to 8pm Monday to Friday, from 10am to 6pm on Saturdays, and from 12pm to 6pm on Sundays.

Penryn Campus Library is home to an archive of books that have been born out of previous 26 projects with partners including the V&A Museum, the London Underground, PEN International and the British Library.

The book that accompanies the show, 26 Places in Cornwall / 26 Tyller yn Kernow, can be bought at the or from the , where you can find out more about the project.


缅北强奸 (缅北强奸) delivers shared services for Falmouth University and the University of Exeter in Cornwall to ensure a top quality experience for students, staff and all users of Falmouth and Penryn campuses.

Our vision is to provide 鈥楨xceptional environments that enable talented and creative minds to thrive鈥.

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Archives Revealed Programme Awards 缅北强奸 New Cataloguing Grant

August 17, 2023

The Archives on Penryn Campus, shared by the University of Exeter Penryn and Falmouth University, is one of a handful of Archives in the country to have been awarded funding from , supported by The National Archives, The Pilgrim Trust and The Wolfson Foundation. 

Sue Bowers, Chair of the Archives Revealed Panel and Director of the Pilgrim Trust said: 鈥淭he Pilgrim Trust is delighted to see 10 cataloguing grants awarded to help unlock and make accessible these exciting and diverse collections about UK heritage.

鈥淭he quality of applications remains extremely high and the popularity of the Archives Revealed grant programme shows a real demand to ensure archive collections are available for all to enjoy.鈥

The Archive Service in Penryn will now receive 拢35,000 to fund a project Archivist to catalogue four key Collections relating to Political movements in Cornwall in the mid twentieth century from our : the papers of Mary Mann, Len Truran, Royston Green and Dr Adrian Lee. 

Together, these collections offer a variety of lenses through which to view the issue of Cornish Nationalism offering political, personal and academic perspectives on an issue that continues to this day to dominate discussions of identity, culture and what it means to be 鈥楥ornish鈥.

Archivist (Development Lead) at 缅北强奸, Sarah C Jane commented: 鈥榃e are delighted to have been successful in our application for funds to Catalogue these important Collections from our Institute of Cornish Studies holdings. 

“Whilst the Collections share a common theme in the examination and documentation of the birth and growth of the Cornish Nationalist movement, subject coverage is exhaustive 鈥 everything from pasties to nuclear weapons 鈥 along the way of industry, tourism, transport, employment, migration, devolution, language and more鈥.

Because of its wide spanning subject matter, it is hoped that this project will enable these Collections to be accessible to a wide range of users from within both our Universities, as well as the local community in Cornwall and beyond.

For more information about the projects awarded by the Archives Revealed Cataloguing Grants Scheme, follow the link to the .

Header image above: DA2010-0013_web Caption 鈥楳ebyon Kernow promotional car sticker, 1960s, Len Truran Archive, Institute of Cornish Studies鈥


缅北强奸 (缅北强奸) delivers shared services for Falmouth University and the University of Exeter in Cornwall to ensure a top quality experience for students, staff and all users of Falmouth and Penryn campuses.

Our vision is to provide 鈥楨xceptional environments that enable talented and creative minds to thrive鈥.

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Penryn Campus Achieves the Coveted Green Flag Award for Sixth Consecutive Year

August 17, 2023

Penryn Campus, which is jointly owned by Falmouth University and the University of Exeter, has officially been recognised as one of the country鈥檚 best parks as it once again achieves the coveted Green Flag Award for 2023.

For the sixth consecutive year, the Penryn campus will raise its Green Flag – the international quality mark for parks and green spaces 鈥 from the environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy.

Penryn campus is set in 100 acres of countryside, overlooking the Fal estuary, and unfurls from the historic Tremough House, which has its origins as an 18th century girls鈥 boarding school. The grounds boast herbaceous beds, sub-tropical planting, a fruit producing orchard, an 18th Century lime avenue, and a drive with Pinetum native woodlands and historic rare rhododendrons which were cultivated on the site in the Victorian era.

Keep Britain Tidy鈥檚 Green Flag Award Scheme Manager Paul Todd MBE said: 鈥淚 would like to congratulate everyone involved at Falmouth University and the University of Exeter鈥檚 Penryn Campus in achieving a Green Flag Award.

鈥淭he site is a vital green space for the community, bringing people together and providing opportunities to lead healthy lifestyles. The staff and volunteers do so much to ensure that it maintains the high standards of the Green Flag Award and everyone involved should feel extremely proud of their achievement.鈥

At Penryn, specific care and attention have been made to seed and set aside wildflower areas, to protect and increase biodiversity. 鈥淏oth Falmouth University and the University of Exeter are dedicated to sustainability under their Climate Emergency declarations and a key part of this involves supporting green spaces and the biodiversity on our beautiful campus,鈥 explains Oliver Lane, 缅北强奸 Director of Residences and Facilities in Cornwall.

The Green Flag Award scheme, now in its 27th year, recognises and rewards well-managed parks and green spaces, setting the benchmark standard for the management of green spaces across the United Kingdom and around the world.

鈥淚t is fantastic that Penryn has retained this award for a sixth year. It highlights the hard work of our teams and volunteers 鈥 both students and staff. Particular thanks should go to Toby Nenning, Grounds and Gardens manager, and Casey Thomas, Head of Facilities Management, and to their teams,鈥 said Oliver.

The esteemed accolade is testament to the tireless work and dedication of the entire team that care for the grounds and gardens at Penryn, rain or shine, 365 days a year, so that all campus users can enjoy the beautiful green spaces here.

We hope that over the summer, whilst the gardens are in full bloom, you will join us on the number of walks and activities that the Sustainability teams have planned to encourage you to connect and immerse yourselves in the nature that we are nurturing here on campus grounds.


缅北强奸 (缅北强奸) delivers shared services for Falmouth University and the University of Exeter in Cornwall to ensure a top quality experience for students, staff and all users of Falmouth and Penryn campuses.

Our vision is to provide 鈥楨xceptional environments that enable talented and creative minds to thrive鈥.