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A Monumental Improvement makes a great start!

The Cornwall AONB is home to an often forgotten, but equally outstanding heritage that collectively covers over 3,000 years of Cornish history from the Bronze Age to the Second World War. The Cornwall AONB Partnership has been developing a new project to safeguard and enhance the most vulnerable 140 scheduled sites across the AONB area since April and this has made a successful start.

Nine Stones Circle on Bodmin Moor

Nine Stones Circle on Bodmin Moor

Thanks to a grant of £9,700 from Historic England awarded in March 2018 and supported by the professional skills of the Cornwall Archaeological Unit we have been able to survey and assess 118 of the 140 sites with the active support of local conservation groups and Truro College.

This work achieved the training of 65 local residents in surveying skills at four training events across the Duchy including Truro College, Liskeard, Helston and Maker between April and June.  We were overwhelmed and extremely thankful that thirty of these local residents kindly helped us to survey and record many of the 118 sites, applying their new skills and developing new interests and aspirations to volunteer to help support and safeguard Cornwall’s proud built heritage.

Rame Conservation Trust volunteers learn how to record scheduled forts in our beautiful Rame Head section under the professional gaze of Cornwall Archaeological Unit’s James Gossip

Rame Conservation Trust volunteers learn how to record scheduled forts in our beautiful Rame Head section under the professional gaze of Cornwall Archaeological Unit’s James Gossip

The training was very well received with the Cornwall Archaelogical Society’s Rosy Hanns saying: -

Thanks for a smashing day! I really enjoyed learning more about Rame.


Rame Conservation Trust’s Lyn Reid also said: -

Thank you for organising the scheduled monuments event - it was a thoroughly enjoyable day. We appreciate all your expertise and advice.

Volunteers went on to help prioritise 40 of the 118 sites for the development of a bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund and other funders in 2019. These sites are the most accessible ones and have the most scope to meet the requirements of funders. In addition a number of the volunteer groups gained new members with different skills and experience.

As Iain from the Cornwall Archaeological Society says: -

I really think this project will re-invigourate the Area Reps (Cornwall Archaeological Society’s Monument Watch volunteers).

The stunning triple coastal forts at Trethias on the north coast

The stunning triple coastal forts at Trethias on the north coast

We look forward to continuing to work with local people and our partners to secure further funding for the project in 2019.