The History Group presents:
Letters from America: exploring Cornwall’s ‘Great Migration’ through the correspondence of one family.
Chloe Phillips, Learning Officer, Cornwall Records Office will present a talk that explores what a collection of documents held at Cornwall Record Office reveals about Cornwall’s ‘Great Migration’ and will focus specifically on the richly detailed, humorous letters of one family member, Richard J. Scoble, an eighteen year old miner who migrated to Nevada in May 1874. His letters to his mother span an eleven year period and in the talk they will be considered in the light of the broader story of Cornish migration and where it ended up taking her ….
Chloe has a Masters degree in History from Cardiff University, with a focus on the study of Chinese migration and settlement overseas. After graduation she worked at Pendennis Castle delivering learning activities before securing the role of Learning Officer for Cornwall Council’s Archives and Cornish Studies Service in 2009. She carried out the research into the Scoble letters as a personal project to enter the Royal Institute of Cornwall’s Cardew-Rendle history writing prize in 2012 – which she won.