Located at the south-westerly tip of Britain, Cornwall is viewed by many as a land of myth, mystery and magic that lies just beyond the veils of reality. 

Despite Cornwall's extensive industrial and maritime history that has connected the peninsula with the rest of the world, this shift reflects Cornwall's changing historical and economic positions, and was partially facilitated by an increase in antiquarian and folkloric interest from the 17th century onward. 

This illustrated talk with Amy Hale will dive into the role of folklore and antiquarian studies in helping to shape Cornwall's popular status as a Celtic Otherworld. It will look at the early fascination with Cornwall's ancient monuments and imaginings of Druidic rituals, Cornwall's importance as a site of Arthurian legend, and the role of early research into the Cornish language. 

It will also explore the work of 19th and 20th-century Folklorists such as Robert Hunt, Margaret Courtney and the revival activities of the Old Cornwall Movement and how these projects contributed to the perception of Cornwall as a place out of time and a site of mystical transformations.


This lecture will be recorded. A link to the recording will be emailed to all participants.


This talk will be live in our online classroom

All you need to take part is a good internet connection and a computer with a webcam, microphone and Zoom.

On booking this talk, you will receive an email with the Zoom link to access it. Remember to check your spam folder if you don't receive this confirmation email in your inbox.

Please send us a message if you have any questions. We hope you enjoy the talk!

About Dr Amy Hale

Image of course leader Amy Hale Dr. Amy Hale is an anthropologist and folklorist writing about esoteric history, art, culture, women and Cornwall in various combinations. She has a PhD in Folklore and Mythology.
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