The Jewish cemetery or graveyard is in a non place outside of Famouth Town. Rumour has it that the founder of the town or perhaps the Mayor of Falmouth was an anti-Semitic man who didn’t want the town to host any memorial to the Jewish life their. Curiously there doesn’t seem to be many remnants of the Jewish community here nor any mark of any contribution that they must have made to the life and culture of the people here. At any rate this monument to their existence has been left to become decrepit. That said, the atmosphere created by the obvious human abandonment is still something to be treasured, lost spaces and relics are always curios to us as they are symbolic of past ideologies, civilisations, etc. In this instance the symbolism is not so old but it is definitely representative of a very particular xenophobia that existed here once.
It has to be admitted that the air of xenophobia still seems present here although it is probably aggravated now by a mixture of things including the economic depression, the influx of people to the local college and the flow of foreigners to the port. Young people particularly seem indignant towards University College Falmouth which has been munching up European funds (bringing money to the area) in order to expand its grounds, earn more capital from an increase in student numbers, and develop its reputation as a Art and Design college. Unfortunately the college is quite outdated in its approach to the arts and probably ought to be re-named a design college to make its output sensible with its ethics and educational programs. This said the most important thing to be aware of is the poor relationship that the University College has with the local community. Community arts projects, necessary for most contemporary arts practices and personal artist sustainability, don’t appear to take place or be promoted. Instead there is a sense of loathing towards the student population from some groups of people resident in Falmouth who perceive the student demographic as a self-interested group who are taking away the employment opportunities from them. Community Arts projects would of course break down this anxiety and the perceived problems of having an increasing number of incoming students to the local area, it would also open up more interesting discourses surrounding the local economic situation and would allow for students to develop their social interests in a first hand manner; Something that is widely lacking in Arts education.