More funding for Cornwall as Government releases £200,000 to preserve Cornish culture, language and heritage following campaign by Cornish MPs

Steve Double, Member of Parliament for St Austell and Newquay, has welcomed a new £200,000 fund which will help support and preserve Cornwall’s rich language, heritage and culture

The funding will help deliver Cornish language education for adults and young people, tackle barriers to education around the traditions and heritage of Cornwall, and provide media and technology opportunities for learners and speakers of Cornish.

Commenting, Steve said:

“I was delighted to hear Community Minister Lord Bourne's announcement at the UK National Minority Summit in Cornwall that the Government is giving another £200,000 to promote our Cornish language, heritage and culture.”

“This is in recognition of Cornish culture's unique place in the nation and will help the delivery of Cornish language and education, and provide media and technology opportunities for learners and speakers of Cornish.”

“This is something that myself and the other Cornish MPs have campaigned for, which I asked a Question on in Parliament just last month, and I am delighted to see the funding announced in recognition of that.”

“I will now work with Cornwall Council to ensure that the funding is spent sensibly, for the lasting benefit of ours and future generations.”

Speaking at the UK National Minority Summit in Falmouth on Friday Communities Minister Lord Bourne said:

“As England’s only recognised regional or minority language, we should support the Cornish language and help it flourish for generations to come.”

“Cornwall has a rich history and a distinctive identity, and it’s right that we are committed to promoting it.”

“This new fund will help further develop projects around culture and heritage in the area.”