East Cornwall events in the Plymouth History Festival


Andrew Butler https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/antony

I note that in the Plymouth History Festival that runs for the whole of May there are Open Days a stones throw from the Rame Peninsula. On May 17th both Mount Edgecombe House and Anthony House are opening their gardens for history and heritage talks and tours. Mount Edgecombe is open at 11.30-12.30 and Anthony is open 2.30-4pm, so it’s possible to make a day of it and do both events.

Mount Edgcumbe House, Cremyll, Cornwall PL10 1HZ
Wednesday 17 May, 11.30am-12.30pm
Discover all about the beautiful Earl’s Garden here at Mount Edgcumbe and what’s hidden away in all the nooks and crannies. Starting at 11.30am the talk will last approximately 1 hour.
£5 per person (includes entry to the House afterwards) / Advance booking essential via 01752 822236 or mt.edgcumbe@plymouth.gov.uk

Antony House, Torpoint PL11 2QA
Wednesday 17 May, 2.30pm-4pm
Walk and talk with the Antony House garden team. This event includes the rare opportunity to view the Bath House.
Free but standard admission to the venue applies / No need to book / 01752 812191 / antony@nationaltrust.org.uk

On Sunday May 21st there’s a family day at Maker Heights, live music, activities, crafts and a Wild About Maker trail from camp site to the beach discovering the wildlife, flowers and fauna

Maker Heights, Millbrook, Nr Torpoint, Cornwall PL10 1LA
Sunday 21 May, 12.30pm-5.30pm
Join the Maker Memories team and staff from Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery for a fun filled day of events, live music, crafts, activities and displays.  Share your memories of Maker Camp whilst reliving some of the fun activities that have taken place there over the years.  ‘Wild About Plymouth’ will also be there with fun natural history inspired activities (see event below) or you can learn to crochet with the Museum’s Traditional Craft Group. The day will have something for everyone. All ages welcome. Food and refreshments will be available.
Free / No need to book / Full programme and further details available at www.makermemories.org

Meet at south end of Barrack Block, Maker Heights, Millbrook, Nr Torpoint, Cornwall PL10 1LA
Sunday 21 May, 2pm – 4pm
Join staff from Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery and Plymouth University for a Maker-inspired Wild About Plymouth event. Take a stroll from Maker Heights to the beach and back. Hunt for local bugs and wildlife and discover the amazing range of flowers and fauna. If you’re lucky, you may even spot a dolphin in Cawsand Bay.
Free / No need to book

My interest in the History Festival is partly because I am also involved. Last year I created an audio trail with my colleague Derek Frood. This trail is within an old Jewish Cemetery in Plymouth that was once someone’s garden and it is open every Sunday within the Festival. You can read about how we came to make it here.

The Old Jewish Cemetery, Lambhay Hill, Plymouth PL1 2NP
Sunday 7, 14, 21 and 28 May and 4 June, 11am-4pm (last entry at 3pm)
Tours take place at quarter past, half past, quarter to and on the hour
Located on Plymouth’s historic Hoe, in the shadow of The Citadel, lies a hidden secret: The Old Jewish Cemetery. Contained within high stone walls it has always remained hidden from public view. The only clue to its existence is an insignificant door. With the aid of funding from Vital Sparks and Drakes Foundation, recorded with Stage Technical Services and hosted by the Plymouth Hebrew Congregation, an audio trail has been created in the garden cemetery by Ruth Mitchell and Derek Frood, aka Ripple. It brings to life the lives of those buried within this hidden gem. In 1740 this plot was a family garden; today it is a calm oasis that hides a wealth of history and culture.
Bring your smart phone and headphones or use the MP3 players that will be available on the day. Please note: The Cemetery includes entry and exit steps with uneven terrain throughout and therefore is not suitable for those with limited mobility. For those unable to attend the Cemetery, an opportunity to hear the audio trail at the Synagogue Vestry is available on Tuesday 23 May.
Free / Donations very welcome / Booking essential due to limited spaces via 07753 267616 or phccaretaker@yahoo.co.uk

Over the next few months we will be researching cemeteries in Exeter and Falmouth and we hope to have a similar outcome in both places, again see here for more information and images of Falmouth’s old Jewish and Dissenter’s graveyard. We will be sharing all our updates on this site.


About Ruth

I am an actor and theatre maker, I moved down to the SW of England 19 years ago with my partner and son. Five years ago we bought a chalet on the Rame Peninsula and are fully embracing life of the cliff.
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