Champion of cultural heritage of Cornwall
PENLEE HOUSE director Alison Bevan has been awarded a British Empire Medal in the New Year's Honours List for her services to cultural heritage in Cornwall.
The director of what is essentially the museum for west Cornwall has also been both chairman and vice-chairman of the South West Federation of Museums and Art Galleries, where she was a champion of museums and helped draw in new funding.
Penlee House Gallery and Museum was originally known as Penzance and District Museum, and was founded by the Penzance Natural History and Antiquarian Society in 1839. The villa was built in 1865 for the wealthy Penzance miller and merchant John Richards Branwell. The museum moved there in 1949.
One of the pictures owned by the museum is of Mrs Bevan herself, a study by John Shakespeare of the director giving a talk on the work of artist Dame Laura Knight.
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Alison Bevan said: "I see this as a tribute to the success of Penlee House, which is very much a team effort. I am hugely thrilled, but would like to share the honour with my colleagues, especially my deputy Katie Herbert."