Constantine Museum News
Archive opening: Funding from a charitable trust has enabled the Constantine Museum to fund the transformation of a room (previously a disabled toilet) into an excellent storage space for the plethora of archival material donated by local inhabitants. Now properly stored and catalogued, it is a treasure trove for researchers into the history of the area and local families. Key items include a copy of the Tithe map, original documents relating to mining and quarrying, plans and documents from Trethowan’s, the local builder, and several family histories. Constantine Parish resident, Lucy Nottingham, a former City of York archivist opened the Constantine Museum’s archive on Monday 4th August. This date was the day war was declared against Germany in 1914, and was particularly relevant as the archive contains information about every member of the parish who served and lost their lives.
New exhibition: The photographic display created to celebrate the centenary of the Port Navas Regatta will be in the museum from the 8th September until close in December. The display will be accompanied by artefacts and a digital collection of photographs illustrating a century of change in Port Navas.
Progress towards accreditation: In May, the Management Committee was delighted to learn from the Arts Council that our forward plan and accompanying action plan enabled the museum to gain eligibility for accreditation. Accreditation once achieved will demonstrate to the community and visitors that we care for the collection to a very high standard and provide excellent access. We are now busy, with the help of our museum mentor from Penlee House, writing and revising documentation, sorting out the collection and increasing security.
Volunteering: If you feel you could give an hour or two a month to help catalogue, conserve or steward then please contact Jacqui Hessing (email Jacqui.firstname.lastname@example.org). Alternatively, just pop into the museum. We can provide training, so all that is required is interest and enthusiasm. The museum is open on Monday 12.00 -15.30, Tuesday 11.00 -13.00,Wednesday 10.00 -15.30 and Thursday 10.00 -14.00. Entrance is free.
Appeal for information: The artist Thomas W. Holgate lived in Constantine for a while in the 1920s or 1930s before moving to Falmouth. One of his paintings was of Constantine Church Porch, and is housed in Falmouth Art Gallery. Does anyone know any details of when and where he lived, or does anyone remember him? Constantine Museum would like know. Please contact David Freeman on 340679.