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.
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Bride and Groom celebrate their big day in Cornish
News 1964 5 mins
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A Cornish wedding is conducted in Cornish or Kernewek. The Cornish language undergoes a revival in the 20th century and saying one's vows in Cornish is recognised by the Church and important to Cornish customs and culture. Henry Jenner (1848-1934) is credited with helping the revival of the language when as a child in St Columb Major he overhears it being spoken in a pub and thereafter dedicated his life to its return. My a'th kar means I love you in Cornish.
Jenner and Louis Charles Richard Duncombe-Jewell applied on behalf of Cornwall to join the Celtic Congress in 1904. Jenner worked at the British Museum and while studying Celtic languages he came across a medieval play Origo Mundi of the Ordinalia written in the Cornish language. The earliest known reference to Cornish is the Prophecy of Ambriosius Merlin concerning the Seven Kings, a poem from the 12th century the original of which is lost but in 2001 the Latin version is translated back into Cornish by Julyan Holmes.
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