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Cowethas Flamank, archive

Reference code(s): GB 0210 COWFLA

Held at: National Library of Wales

Title: Cowethas Flamank Archive

Short Title: Cowethas Flamank, archive

Creation date(s): 1969-1985, 1992-1995

Level of description: Fonds

Extent: 0.387 cubic metres (43 boxes)

Name of creator(s): Cowethas Flamank


Administrative/Biographical history: Cowethas Flamank is an independent, non-political organisation, founded in 1969, which conducts research into Cornish current affairs and the culture of Cornwall. Its name has been derived from Thomas Flamank, leader with Michael Joseph An Gof, of the 1497 Cornish Host. The group advances no collective policies, but it exists with the more general aim of raising awareness of Cornish culture, politics and society, both within Britain and internationally.
Members are responsible for financing their own research or for applying for funding in the case of larger projects. They may work individually or in teams, under the co-ordination of an administrator, who also maintains official records and correspondence files, and who acts as spokesperson when necessary. Previous projects have included the study of developments in local government relevant to Cornwall, participation in a local music festival, liaison with the European parliament on political matters affecting Cornwall, and support for Ethiopian prisoners with Cornish connections.
Cowethas Flamank produces a quarterly newsletter written by and for its members, entitled Kevren-Link . Since 1983 the group has also organised and hosted weekend conferences, held twice yearly at Perranporth, under the title 'Kescusulyans Kernow' or 'Conference on Cornwall'. The nature of the subjects typically debated include education in Cornwall; Cornwall and the Constitution; the Celtic Film Festival; tourism; the role of the media; the Cornish economy; youth and sport; local government planning; Cornish cultural affairs; the question of Cornwall and devolution. Working parties may be commissioned from members at the conference, when a particular topic is considered to merit further investigation and action. One example of a working group is the Cornish Bureau for European Relations (CoBER), established in 1987. Other debates or lectures have centred around the destruction of moorland landscape, railway transport in Cornwall, the work of the Cornish Heritage Trust and the Cornish language. Cowethas Flamank has played an active part in the modification of a government proposal to abolish Cornish Railways. The organisation has a Cornish representative in the EEC-funded Lesser-Used Language Bureau, and it reports regularly on European political and cultural matters relevant to Cornwall.


Scope and content/abstract: The fonds comprises three groups of correspondence files, the first two dated November 1969-April 1983 and May 1983-December 1985, which have been described in a separate, earlier schedule, and the current donation of 1992-1995, covering a wide range of issues concerning the heritage and the geographical, cultural, political and linguistic identity of Cornwall. The files for 1986-1991 do not appear to have been included in the sequence.


Language/scripts of material: Mainly English, some Cornish and French

System of arrangement: The fonds has been arranged in chronological order, with this accrual arranged as a single series of correspondence files.

Conditions governing access: Not available for 25 years from the year of donation without the written permission of the officials of Cowethas Flamank. Readers consulting modern papers in the National Library of Wales are required to sign the 'Modern papers - data protection' form.

Conditions governing reproduction: Written permission for photocopying must be obtained from the officials of Cowethas Flamank.

Finding aids: A hard copy of this list is available at NLW, together with a list of the records donated in 1987 and 1993. An on-line catalogue of the 1987 and 1993 donations can be accessed from


Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information: All records donated to NLW have been retained.

Accruals: Accruals are likely.

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition: Donated by Mr John Fleet, administrator, 16, Centenary Street, Camborne, Cornwall, in April 1987, March 1993, and July 2002.



Note: Title supplied from contents of fonds.

Archivist's note: Compiled by Hilary A. Peters.
The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: NLW schedule to Cowethas Flamank Archives (1987 and 1993 donations).

Rules or conventions: This description follows NLW guidelines based on ISAD(G) Second Edition; AACR2; and LCSH.

Date(s) of descriptions: September 2002

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