The saying ‘in the limelight’ comes from Sir Goldsworthy Gurney’s invention of a bright light made using lime. This lighting was often used in theatres.
Richard Trevithick is known for inventing steam engines, but also had plans to create an iron tower in London. If this had been built, it would have been as tall as France’s Eiffel Tower.
Originally brought to Cornwall as a slave by the Royal Navy, Joseph Emidy went on to become a popular violin teacher and composer.
The Cornish landscape has changed dramatically from centuries past to the present day. By looking at maps through history we can track Cornwall’s progress.