The eighth conference on maritime Cornwall is to be held at the National Maritime Museum Cornwall in Falmouth next Saturday, October 14.

Held biannually, the conference is an opportunity to hear new information from researchers busy in the archives. There are plenty of chances to chat with fellow attendees and to explore the museum.

Speakers will cover the ages from medieval to the 20th century and include: Pru Wells on Samuel Rickard, a 19th century Cornish Master Mariner; Charlotte MacKenzie on Joseph Banfield and the slave trade and Helen Doe on Brunel’s Great Western steamship and its Cornish connections.

Also speaking will be Roderick de Normann on American forces in Cornwall in WWII; Peter Skidmore on the struggles of Truro in maintaining its river navigation; Victoria Jenner on the Maritime Cornish Churches Project and Tony Pawlyn on the Dutch Master Mariners Club, Falmouth 1917.

Early booking is recommended as this event is always very popular. Admission to the conference opens at 9.30am

and the conference begins at10am and closes at 4.30pm.

Tickets can be bought from the museum's front desk, over the phone on 01326 313388 or online at

Adults cost £30 or £25 for museum annual pass holders. All tickets include refreshments, lunch and admission to the museum and library.