Our small campaign team is just starting out on its journey to bring the Elizabeth Treffry Collection on Women in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly to the world. Supported by the Hypatia Trust, we are working on:
- Improving our communication to friends, supporters and potential donors
- Undertaking a curatorial project to establish a core collection and collecting policy for the future
- Working with heritage and library institutions in Cornwall and Scilly to plan for the collection’s new home
- Planning events and other fundraising activities to raise the money needed to ensure the collection is cared for, used and promoted at home at abroad
Director, Hypatia Trust
Melissa is the principal collector for the Elizabeth Treffry Collection. American by birth, British by adoption, and Cornish by devotion, Melissa is an avid collector, a diligent researcher in arts and local history, and a publisher. She is Founding Trustee of the Hypatia Trust which has already gifted significant book collections to academic institutions such as the Hypatia Collection of Women’s History to the University of Exeter and the Paul and Vera Wagner Americas Collection to Bonn University. (Melissa adores pussy cats.)
Polly has just returned to the UK after forty years away, the last thirty five in Massachusetts. Her connections to Cornwall include her grandparents who owned a flower farm in Newlyn in the 1920′s, and her grandfather, whose final parish was at Sennen in the late 50′s.
Polly taught in schools in London and Loughborough before moving to France and Switzerland, where she taught English as a Second Language. In the States she worked as an administrator in a Primary School. While there she also worked a lot with minority urban children, and ran programs and workshops on gender equity, white privilege and minority achievement.
She served eight two-year terms as Chair of the local Human Rights Council, and was instrumental in forming the Drinking Gourd Project, which was established to research and establish Black Heritage and Abolitionist Tour of Concord, Massachusetts. This led to the effort to save a house that had been originally built by the son of a former slave in the town. The house was saved from demolition by the group, and is being turned into an Interpretive Center on early African and Abolitionist history. This was achieved by working closely with other historical concerns in the area, as well as the National Park Service, town and state agencies, local businesses and developers, as well as funding bodies and donors.
Love of Cornwall brings Polly back to this area, and her experience in the fields of gender equity and advocacy for those who are under-represented or under-served brings her to Hypatia.
Honorary Curator, Hypatia Trust
Tehmina is the curator of the Elizabeth Treffry Collection. Since January 2012 she has been helping the Hypatia Trust understand the collection’s potential both for women’s heritage and Cornish and Scillonian heritage. In April 2012 she published a report called Curating the Elizabeth Treffry Collection. Tehmina is originally from London and recently moved permanently to Penzance, west Cornwall from Swansea, Wales. Her day job is being a heritage consultant and historian, with a particular interest in industrial heritage. (Tehmina loves cheese.)
Events Manager, Hypatia Trust
Joanne co-ordinates and manages the fundraising events for the Hypatia Trust whose proceeds will go towards the Elizabeth Treffry Collection campaign. She is Canadian by origin and is best known for her involvement with local food markets. She is Market Controller for Helston Farmers’ Market which is Cornwall’s largest. Before this she spent 10 years running the family business at Godolphin House, now belonging to the National Trust.