University of Exeter asks public to help build an archive for Tremough Campus in Cornwall
The University of Exeter is inviting members of the public to help it build an archive documenting the history of the Tremough Campus in Cornwall.
The Tremough Campus is shared and jointly managed by the University of Exeter and Falmouth University in an arrangement that is unique in the UK.
The estate's long and varied history includes evidence of Neolithic activity and a prehistoric settlement, as well as walled gardens built in the early 1700s and a Queen Anne style house, which became a convent school in 1943. However, few records to survive to document its past.
The University of Exeter's, People and Place: Tremough History Project seeks to redress this gap by building a dynamic archive with the help of members of the public.
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The team is inviting the public to explore the site and share their memories and records of Tremough on Saturday March 23. The event is free of charge and Tremough House and Campus will be open to the public between 10am and 4pm.
Dr Bryony Onciul, who is organising the day, said: "Tremough has an intriguing history and we hope this day will help us learn more about its past through people's first-hand experiences and stories.
"Former pupils of the convent school, teachers, nuns, and those who just enjoy walking in the grounds may have memories that can help us learn more about Tremough.
"Stories, photographs, school brochures and even seemingly insignificant items can hold a wealth of information."
She added: "We are encouraging people to bring anything they have and discuss the possibility of donating items with our Archive Service.
"All records accepted with be permanently preserved by our experienced archive team and made available to researchers for years to come."
Other events during the day include a morning Mass to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the arrival of the Les Filles de la Croix religious order in Cornwall. At lunchtime, archaeologist Dr Caradoc Peters will discuss the archaeology of the Tremough site. And throughout the day there will be guided tours of the gardens with Head Groundsman, David Garwood.
The Archive Service will be running 'memory stations' in Tremough House, where visitors will be encouraged to share their stories and documents.