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Cornish language in West Penwith during the 19th Century with Kensa Broadhurst | Library Talks

March 6 @ 14:00 - 15:00

Kensa Broadhurst will be giving a talk about the Cornish language in West Penwith during the 19th Century at The Morrab Library on Wednesday 6th March at 2pm.

Several items in the Morrab Library collection offer us insights into how Cornish was being spoken, used, and regarded during the nineteenth century in West Penwith. The Reverend Wladislaw Lach-Szyrma of Newlyn carried out investigations into the use of Cornish during the 1870s and worked to promote the language. He instigated an essay prize, the entries for which are held in the Morrab’s archives. At the same time, Cornish was featuring in regional newspapers and novels. What do these sources tell us about how Cornish was being used during the nineteenth century and what this means for the wider history and status of the language?

Tickets are allocated by a ballot system. Please email enquiries@morrablibrary.org.uk or call 01736 364474 to be entered into the ballot for a ticket. The ballot closes on Monday 26th February.

Entry to this event is free but donations are welcomed to help support Morrab Library (suggested £5). Refreshments will be provided after the talk.


March 6
14:00 - 15:00


Morrab Library


Morrab Library