The British Film Institute presents the best global cinema on-demand:
From classic and contemporary films to the best of the BFI National Archive.

Berdh Gorsedh Kernow and Map Dyvroeth
Berdh Gorsedh Kernow and Map Dyvroeth

Berdh Gorsedh Kernow and Map Dyvroeth 1963

Close

This film is certified

Please confirm that you accept our terms of use.

Close

Berdh Gorsedh Kernow and Map Dyvroeth 1963

2 mins United Kingdom

Academic and Cornish enthusiast Richard Jenkin with the Bardic name of Map Dyvroeth explains the customs of the Berdh Gorsedh Kernow or Gorsedd of the Bards of Cornwall to TV reporter David Mudd. Instituted in 1928 by Henry Jenner to keep the Celtic spirit of Cornwall alive, the Gorsedd meets annually in September and is responsible for nominating new bards as guardians of the language, culture and arts of the Cornish people.

Grand Bard Talek or Cornish writer and journalist Ernest George Retallack Hooper who held the post from 1959 to 1964 is officiating. In 1951 Richard Jenkin became a founder member of the Cornish Political Party Mebyon Kernow and was elected as Grand Bard from 1976 to 1982. The Cornish language comes from Common Brittonic, a Celtic language spoken in Britain but pushed out by the take-up of English. The Cornish language based on Revived Middle Cornish (RMC) and Revived Late Cornish (RLC) is now recognised by the European Charter for minority languages with an ever-increasing number of speakers. In 2010 UNESCO announced that it had taken Cornish off its list of extinct languages.

The South West Film and Television Archive (SWFTA) is the regional film archive for the South West of England. Established in 1993, SWFTA's core collection comprises of the combined programme libraries of Westward Television and TSW (Television South West). The archive also cares for a significant number of donated film collections, both amateur and professional, dating back to the early 1900s.

Genres

Current affairs News

Tags

1960s Celebration (play) Culture

Collection

Other Grooves

Released

1963

Country

United Kingdom

Language

English

Read lessRead more
Part of

1,000s of beautifully preserved films, capturing 120 years of Britain on Film

Explore
The map

Subscription

View All

Welcome to a new subscription service like no other.

>100s of hand-picked classics and critically-acclaimed films

>Critic Mark Kermode picks a must-see film every week

>No contract, cancel anytime

Cookies Policy

This website uses cookies, as explained in our Cookies Policy.

To accept the terms and hide this message please click 'I accept'.

I accept

Passionate about film? So are we…

Don't miss the email made for the in-the-know film fan:

New releases — on the same day as in cinemas Special collections & unheralded classics Exclusive news on discounts


Never ask | Ask me later