The dynamic maritime past, present and future of the Port of Falmouth and beyond are on the agenda of an Open Day on Thursday 5 October 2023 run by Falmouth Harbour in partnership with the National Maritime Museum Cornwall (NMMC).
The globally-important history and culture of this Trust Port, the world-class marine operations, environment initiatives, businesses and stories, which are key to its present and future successes will all be presented and discussed across the second such event of its kind.
FREE to the general public as well as invited guests.
10:00 – 10:45
Capturing life below our waterline: A lesson in underwater photography
with Martin Stevens
Our Falmouth Harbour waters are home to thousands of species. From seaweed and starfish to seahorses and seals, capturing the magnificence of life under water is no easy feat. Come join us to learn from renowned marine photographer, Martin Stevens, on how to do just that!
11:00 – 11:45 Panel: Living, working and leisure alongside marine species with Cornwall Wildlife Trust and British Divers Marine Life Rescue
We are so lucky to have an array of species such as seals and dolphins that live alongside us in Falmouth Harbour. How do we ensure that our activities don’t impact them? Come and learn about behavioural cues and best practice when wildlife-watching.
13:00 – 13:45 Building a Pilot Service for the Future
with Falmouth Pilot Service
Pilotage has played an intrinsic role within Falmouth Harbour for centuries. Originally pilots were delivered to vessels by oar driven gigs and then sail driven pilot cutters. Today, Pilot Boats are heavy, powerful vessels operating in tough conditions; 24/7, every day of the year, completing over 1000 boardings and landings. With Falmouth Harbour’s new, cleaner, more efficient and safer vessel on the way, join our Falmouth Pilot Service to hear more about the new pilot boat and life as a Pilot in our beautiful waters.
15:00 – 15:45 Panel: ‘Blue Health’ – the power of the sea in mental health and wellbeing
A great number of us are drawn to the sea or bodies of water. This panel will explore the scientific benefits of exposure to the Big Blue, with first-hand experience from local organisations who promote mental health and wellbeing through time with, on and under the water.
17:00 – 17:45 Film Screening of
‘Under the Surface’
with Cornwall Climate
Presented by beach cleaner Claire Wallerstein, it looks at how the huge rise in public awareness about the impacts of plastic pollution may have diverted attention from an even more urgent environmental problem affecting the sea – climate change. The film features interviews with marine experts talking about the impacts of a changing climate on Cornwall’s basking sharks, plankton, seals and seabirds – but also looking at positive stories about local projects to restore the marine environment, which could help to protect us from the worst effects of climate change.
18:00 – 18:45 Film Screening of
‘Down the Drain’
with Cornwall Climate
Down the Drain delves deep into issues around climate change and Cornwall’s fresh water – looking at everything from heavier rain leading to more sewage overflows, flooding and loss of topsoil, to how warmer river water is affecting fish, and the surprising carbon footprint of the water we use every day.
It also focuses on how people around Cornwall are working to tackle these problems – from farmers changing the way they manage their land to a project to ‘re-wet’ Bodmin Moor’s peat bogs, and efforts to reintroduce the beaver – which was driven to extinction in the UK about 400 years ago.
Presented by the ‘lone kayaker’ Rupert Kirkwood, this film takes us on a journey through Cornwall’s water cycle and offers tips and solutions for how each of us can help to protect this vital resource that we all depend on.