Dark Skies: Bright Stars from Mayes Creative focuses on investigating the important history of astronomy and celestial navigation in the region, and in particular the important contribution made by Malachy Hitchens, vicar of St Hilary, as Comparer of the Nautical Almanac and assistant to the Astronomer Royal from 1768 onwards. On the Scillies they are also looking at the crazy inventions as part of the Longitude Race, inspired by the Shovell Disaster of 1704. FEAST is supporting singers from Penzance-based community choirs, and Breathing Space, a choir for people experiencing breathing difficulties, to research, develop and devise new work on the theme of Celestial Navigation. This new material is being arranged by Pip Wright and shown at local events such as the recent Sea, Salts and Sail Festival in Mousehole and during a special sharing event at the Royal Cornwall Museum in Truro. A portable exhibition will also bring together pictures, documents and artefacts from the process of investigating Celestial Navigation and the project.
Image: Time & Tide by Laura Frances Martin