On the afternoon of Saturday 14 October a programme of talks brought together specialists in geology, archaeology, cultural geography, film-making and traditional artisanal skills.

Dr Beth Simons presented In the Pluton Attic – an analysis of some of the geological features of the Tregonning Granite roof zone. Situated on the coastline between Rinsey and Megiliggar, this is a world class exposure of a pluton roof zone loved by granite geologists.

Dr Beth Simons is a Cornish geologist who has written a number of publications on the mineralogical and geochemical variation of granites in southwest England, including the relevance for extraction of critical metals for the low carbon economy, such as lithium. Since 2017 she has worked for INGOs and a UN agency in humanitarian shelter response to disasters and conflict.

The talk was filmed by Cris and Molly of CM Productions.

Water and Stone/Dowr ha Men was made possible by the support of Falmouth University, with FEAST, Cornwall Council, Arts Council England, Cornwall Community Foundation and Helston Town Council. The project was also part-funded by the UK Government through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund.