University to host display celebrating Gorsedh Kernow
An exhibition of material about the bards of Gorsedh Kernow will be held in the library of Falmouth University's Tremough campus this week, to coincide with the annual gathering of the Cornish cultural organisation.
The collection brings together, for the first time literature by and about Cornish bards and consists of more than 200 titles, many relating to Cornish language, poetry, music, performance, politics and history.
The material has been donated by bards, their families and friends, and is a joint venture between the Gorsedh and university library staff.
Dr Garry Tregidga, senior lecturer in Cornish Studies at the University of Exeter's Penryn Campus, said: "The Gorsedh Kernow Special Collection is a very valuable resource for anybody interested in the study of Cornwall's past and present. This is a great example of community engagement on the part of the archivists and librarians at the campus.
"It is appropriate that the collection should be officially launched just a few days before this year's bardic ceremony at Penryn on the historic site of Glasney College, which was the centre of Cornish culture and learning in the Middle Ages."
The collection, which is fully catalogued and available to the public to study, is stored in the library's new Reading Room. It will be officially unveiled by Grand Bard Maureen Fuller in The Exchange building of the Penryn campus between 5pm and 7pm tomorrow.