Coal was once the most important commodity in the world. It fuelled the industrial revolution, lit the streets of towns and cities, shaped landscapes and created unique communities. Today coal is still a major source of energy.
George VI’s broadcast to the nation on the outbreak of war in September 1939, was the product of years of hard work with Lionel Logue, his iconoclastic, Australian-born speech therapist.
Canon John Halkes, a Friend of St Winnow and a long time adviser on fabric and art to the Truro Diocese and the Cathedral, will give a talk on the Church’s history, Medieval Carvings and the Stained Glass windows.
Find out about the influence of the Irish, the French, the Spanish and the Normans on this medieval church.
It is a popular misconception that stained glass windows are always in their original position and have never been moved. The Fowey estuary contains several sacred and secular stained glass windows that have had a colourful history of being shunted between buildings, towns and even counties.
Bestselling author, social historian and broadcaster Kate Williams’ Rival Queens: The Betrayal of Mary Queen of Scots, offers an electrifying new perspective on Elizabeth and Mary, and the most important relationship of their lives – that which they had with one another.
We are honoured to have returning to the Festival, The Sunday Times bestselling historical fiction author, Ben Kane. His latest novel, The Falling Sword, has been described by The Times as ‘a master of Roman military fiction’.
The defeat of France and the German occupation that followed was a dark time in Paris, especially for women. There were stark choices to be made, life or death decisions between collaboration and resistance.
Born and raised in Cornwall, Kate Neale’s interest in Cornish Christmas carols was piqued during her research into Padstow’s unique tradition. This grew into her PhD study, which focussed on Cornish carolling traditions of Grass Valley, California and the Copper Triangle in South Australia.