Lyn Burchess (left) and Janet Axten with the new display boards

While St Ives Archive is currently closed to the public, work has been continuing behind closed doors to ensure visitors have new and interesting displays to look at once it re-opens.

Last week the Archive took delivery of four new display boards, which reflect the nature of the most popular enquiries it receives from visitors: family history, St Ives artists, visual records, and maritime history. A fifth board was also commissioned to encourage more members of the local community to become a volunteer at the Archive.

Chair of trustees, Lyn Burchess, said: “I was sad to have to close the Archive to the public, since many of our volunteers benefit as much from the social aspect of coming to the Archive every week as they do from the new skills they develop.

“However, it was the right thing to do, and we will continue to check up on each other during these difficult times. Our volunteers are the Archive’s most valuable assets and we would not exist without their enthusiasm.”

St Ives Archive is currently working collaboratively on two exciting projects. It’s working with St Ives Community Land Trust to research the history of the Old Vicarage in Street-An-Pol, and it’s working with Barbara Santi, of Awen Productions, to unravel more of the history of St Ives’ Fisherman’s Lodges.

Archive heritage manager, Janet Axten, said: “Although it’s been necessary to cancel planned events to further engage with the public on these projects, a great deal ofvaluable work was completed before the Archive’s forced closure.

“Our volunteers are also working from home to progress both projects, and we look forward to sharing our findings with the community as soon as the Archive is open again to the public.”