Tremough House, Cornwall Campus

Reconnecting with Tremough's historic past

Archaeological evidence of Neolithic activity and a prehistoric settlement are elements of the Tremough estate’s long and varied history. Walled gardens built in the early 1700s are still much admired, alongside a Queen Anne style house, which was adapted in 1943 for use as a Catholic Convent School.

Today the Cornwall Campus in Tremough, Penryn is shared and jointly managed by the University of Exeter and Falmouth University in an arrangement that is unique in the UK. Few records survive to document this rich and fascinating past.

The University of Exeter’s People and Place: Tremough History Project seeks to redress this gap by building a robust and dynamic archive with the help of members of the public. On Saturday 23 March, the project team invites the public to come and explore the site and share their memories and records of Tremough. The all-day 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.”

On the day there will a variety of opportunities to learn and celebrate different aspects of Tremough’s past. In the morning there will be a Mass by Father Jon Bielowski 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. Throughout the day there will be guided tours of the gardens with Head Groundsman, David Garwood, who will provide information about the unique rhododendron collection at the Cornwall Campus and plans for restoration, alongside guided tours highlighting the history of the site. The Archive Service will be running ‘memory stations’ in Tremough House where visitors will be encouraged to share their stories and documents.

Refreshments will be available.

For further information on this press release,  or to schedule an interview with Dr Onciul, please contact Jay Pengelly on or 01326 371817.

Date: 15 March 2013

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