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Dr Garry Tregidga

Senior Lecturer


Extension: 01326 371888

Telephone: 01326 371888

BA (Worcester), ALCM (London College of Music), MPhil (Exeter), PhD (Exeter)

Garry Tregidga was appointed Assistant Director of the Institute of Cornish Studies in October 1997 and lives in his native mid-Cornwall. His research interests include oral history, cultural memory and the political history of Cornwall since the 1880s. Publications include The Liberal Party in South West Britain since 1918: Political Decline, Dormancy and Rebirth (2000), and Killerton, Camborne and Westminster: The Political Correspondence of Sir Francis and Lady Acland, 1910-29 (2006). He is currently working on a major study of the Celtic Revival and popular culture in Cornwall before the First World War.

In 1998 he founded the Cornish History Network, a research forum based at the Institute. Two years later his growing interest in the potential of oral history and cultural memory led to the creation of the Cornish Audio Visual Archive for the study and documentation of the region’s oral and visual culture. In 2002 he was awarded £172,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund and other funding sources for Cornish Braids, a two-year fieldwork programme at the Institute that created a multigenerational profile of Cornish life. Additional grants of over £200,000 from funding bodies like HLF and the European Social Fund have subsequently been obtained in order to extend the archive. He recently established Cornish Story ( that seeks to disseminate the collections of the archive via an Internet platform and a related series of conferences and publications.

Cornish Audio-Visual Archive (CAVA)

The Cornish Audio-Visual Archive (CAVA) is a unique collection of recordings relating to Cornwall’s past and present. It seeks to harness the multimedia power of oral history, music, film and photography to find new ways of interpreting the story of Cornwall in the past and present. Subjects covered include agriculture, brass bands, geographical communities, identity, kinship, mining, politics and religion. CAVA emerged out of the pioneering work of the Cornish Oral History Forum in the late 1990s and the Cornish Film and Video Archive a decade earlier. The archive is keen to encourage wider participation in the research and recording process through a long-term programme of cultural and educational initiatives.

Based at the Institute of Cornish Studies and led by Dr Garry Tregidga, the Institute’s Assistant Director, the CAVA initiative is being developed in partnership with resource providers like the Cornwall Centre and Cornwall Record Office. CAVA is also keen to develop wider links with cultural, educational and archival institutions in other parts of the world, particularly in the Celtic nations and Diaspora communities overseas.

The outreach and educational work of the archive is delivered through the Cornish Story programme. This includes a multimedia resource site ( with some of the recordings collected by the archive in recent years, an annual programme of lectures and conferences and a quarterly magazine entitled Cornish Story that is available in print form from the Institute of Cornish Studies.   

Cornish Audio Visual Archive and Cornish Story can be contacted on: 01326 381 888 or