Blogs for December 2020

Lanterns and Lights at National Maritime Museum Cornwall

Posted on Tuesday 8th December, 2020

Lanterns and Lights at National Maritime Museum Cornwall

The light installation, Lanterns and Lights, which started at the Museum last Christmas for the first time, is a nod to the lamps, lanterns and stars used by sailors to help them navigate their way when at sea. Using the flying flotilla, hung from the Museum’s high ceiling, the boats are lit with subtle ocean coloured hues and set amongst glistening star bursts.

In the foyer two heritage boats from the Museum’s collection are decked in twinkling lights and will be the Museum’s version of giant decorated Christmas trees, laden with gifts and parcels.

A number of rare historic ship lanterns and navigational aids from the Museum’s collection will also be on display in the Main Hall, demonstrating how light and the stars guided sailors on their journey.

Sophie Butcher, National Maritime Museum Cornwall’s Learning Officer, said, ‘With so many of the usual festive activities cancelled in Cornwall this year we felt it was really important to celebrate the season with Lanterns and Lights. The idea of light and it guiding seafarers on their way resonates more than ever – the seas maybe stormy but with light there is always hope’.

The Museum plans to remain open late on Monday 21st December so the lights can be truly appreciated. Last entry is at 6.30pm and visitors are welcome to stay until 8pm.

The Museum’s hugely popular Make and Take crafting activities will be a little different this year where families are invited to ‘Take and Make’ instead. Starting from Saturday 19 December, for the duration of the Christmas holidays, families can take a craft pack home with instructions and all the items they need to create Star Light Jars pre-Christmas and Wishing Stars post-Christmas.

Throughout the Museum there will be a star trail where families can explore the Museum, hunting for the hidden stars. Each one has a different challenge to complete.

Due to coronavirus the Museum has introduced a number of measures, including the introduction of a one-way system, restricted admission capacities to aid social distancing and a strict cleanliness regime. The same level of measures will remain when the Museum reopens on Thursday.

The Museum’s Learning Officer, Sophie Butcher concluded, ‘Lanterns and Lights is fast becoming a part of the Christmas calendar for families in Cornwall and we are really looking forward to welcoming visitors to the Museum in a Covid-secure way’.

The Lanterns and Lights installation will be available to see from Thursday 3 December until Sunday 3 January.

Located on Discovery Quay in Falmouth on the South Cornwall coast, National Maritime Museum Cornwall is an independent museum with over 15 galleries. With a collection that spans the National Small Boat collection, exciting temporary exhibitions, artworks, maps, charts, memorabilia and other objects, as well as a boatbuilding workshop, there is already plenty to explore at this Museum.


Funding for community groups in Eden Project’s neighbouring parishes

Posted on Tuesday 8th December, 2020

Funding for community groups in Eden Project’s neighbouring parishes

Applications are open for Eden Geothermal’s £20,000 Community Fund, set up to support projects in the parishes of Treverbyn, Luxulyan, Carlyon and St Blaise. Small grants of between £500 and £5,000 are available, for projects which benefit local people and improve the local environment or community facilities.

Applicants should be formally constituted groups, with a community, social, educational or charitable purpose, and must be based in one of Eden’s four neighbouring parishes. Full guidance, details of how to apply and contacts for the team managing the fund are set out at deadline for applications is 31 March 2021.

Augusta Grand, Executive Director of Eden Geothermal Limited, said: “We hope this fund will help local groups to make a difference to their communities. We know there are some brilliant projects out there, and we’re really happy to be able to support some of them.”

Eden Geothermal Ltd has been set up by three partners, the Eden Project, EGS Energy Ltd, and Bestec (UK) Ltd, to unlock the geothermal energy deep in the granite beneath the Eden Project site near St Austell. 

Eden Geothermal Ltd runs the Eden Geothermal Project, an industrial research project which plans to drill a 4.5km deep geothermal well at the Eden Project to heat its famous Biomes, greenhouses and offices. The project is co-funded by the European Union through the European Regional Development Fund, Cornwall Council and an institutional investor.  Drilling is due to start in spring 2021.

The England European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) is contributing £9.9m, as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020.  The Department for Communities and Local Government is the Managing Authority for ERDF. Established by the European Union, ERDF funds help local areas stimulate their economic development by investing in projects which will support innovation, businesses, create jobs and local community regenerations.  For more information visit

Eden Geothermal Project is the first phase of a two well development. It will pave the way for the second phase: another 4.5km well and an electricity plant.


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