The planned talk about John Wells at Porthmeor on Wednesday 20th May has sadly had to be cancelled due to illness, although we hope to have it at a future date.
However we are very pleased to tell you that Michael Swift will be giving an illustrated talk on the building of Truro Cathedral instead.
Michael Swift is a stained glass adviser for the Diocese of Truro and Truro Cathedral. He will explain how new archive sources have resulted in the history of the building of Cornwall’s most iconic building and Cornish Victorian history being re-written.
Michael has a Masters Degree in Victorian Studies, and has written many articles and lectured widely. For the past fifteen years much of his time and energies have been taken up as adviser on stained glass for the Diocese of Truro. Much of this work is included in the new Pevsner Buildings of Cornwall volume, and he now plans on handing over the reins to a newer (and younger) adviser.
The foundation stone of Truro Cathedral was laid on 20 May 1880 and the building was completed in 1910. The decision to build a cathedral in that city followed the establishment of the Diocese of Truro in 1876. The first cathedral to be built on a new site since Salisbury was started in 1220, it was a massive building project that the Victorians designed and built in the same architectural style as those great edifices that the medieval cathedral builders constructed over 650 years before.
Tickets cost £5 and are available from Porthmeor Studios (01736 339339) and St Ives Archive (01736 796408). If still available they can also be purchased on the door.