Joanna Mattingly

Jo Mattingly has been studying Cornish church history, including guilds and holy wells, through surviving buildings, art, architecture and documentary sources for almost thirty years now.  Her passion is for things medieval,  but her researches have covered Cornish local history up to the present day.  She recently coordinated the Cornwall archives and museums’ 100 faces 100 stories project about the First World War and its quirkier Cornish connections. Coming to Cornwall to teach local history to adults in 1985, a remarkably brave thing for a Midlander to do, she has since diversified into freelance lecturing, museums and exhibitions.  The latter have included ‘Treasures of the See’ at Truro Cathedral in 2002, ‘Winston Graham and Poldark’ at the Royal Cornwall Museum in 2008 and most recently the Trenance Cottages redisplay at Newquay.