Federation of Old Cornwall Societies

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Our Objectives


“Gather ye fragments that are left that nothing be lost”



To collect, record and share information about Cornish history, place-names, folk-lore, traditions, dialect, music, industries etc.


To protect the natural beauty of Cornwall


To encourage the study and use of the Cornish Language


To preserve Cornish Antiquities and relics of the past



It is about collecting, recording and sharing the remaining fragments of our history and culture.  



All of this work is undertaken by volunteers.



The Societies


The societies are autonomous...they have their own structure, formulate their own programme, set their own subscription and have their own membership.


Each of the 40 plus societies has a page on this Cornwall-wide website and most use it to display their programme, their subscription level and details of where and when they meet.






Membership is open to all whatever your age and whether or not you have Cornish ancestry; we welcome all who care about Cornwall’s distinctiveness.


The benefits can best be experienced by joining a society which will entitle you to attend lectures and other Cornish events and to interact with like-minded people whose aim is preserve what we hold dear about Cornwall.


Choose which society you would like to join (probably the one nearest to you)


Go along to the next meeting where you will be given a welcome


You may wish to make contact prior to attending and you can do this by using the details on that Society’s website page. A Membership Officer may be listed but, if not, then the Secretary will be pleased to help.




The Federation


The Federation is a Cornwall-wide management body linking the societies and providing them with a lead on matters of common interest and activity. It holds festivals which are open to all members and its recorders provide a pivotal role on Cornish archaeology, dialect, history, music, and place names.  


Should you wish to contact any member of the Cornwall-wide Executive, including the Federation President, their names and contact details are included under the main website heading of "Contacts".



About OCS


Federation of Old Cornwall Societies



Karin Easton



Past Federation Presidents


E Blight

Revd B Coombes

Mrs H M Derrington MBE

S G Howlett

Mrs N Glanville

Dr A K Hamilton Jenkin

R G Jenkin

Henry Jenner FSA

Revd Barry Kinsmen

Terry Knight

A J Lyne

Duncan Paul Matthews

F Michell

H Miners

Robert Morton Nance

Priscilla Oates

Ron Opie

A Pearson

Miss Joan Rendell MBE

J N Rosewarne

Dr W J Rowe

J A Shearme

A Spiller

W M Symons

M Tangye MBE

D A Trevanion

G Pawley White

R Woolcock

C Woolf.

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