Suffragette Tea Party - 18th July, 7pm

EqualiTeas are an opportunity to celebrate and enjoy politics. This one especially celebrates Women and the Vote and The Rebellious Sound Archive & Listening Booth at Hypatia. Join us for an informal evening of tea, talk and fun with a few words from Tom Williams from Parliament.

Do come dressed as your favourite suffragette or political reformer! 7-9pm.


Rebellious Sounds Archive - 14th - 27th July

Exploring a rich heritage of women’s activism, this interactive collection features historical oral histories from women in the South West and continues to collect inspiring stories that connect women now to the women’s suffrage campaign 100 years ago. 

Become a part of the story and come along to the listening booth from 14th July to 27th July at the Hypatia Trust!

Workshop days 19th & 20th July 10-4pm.


Young Women's Book Club Launching!

Introducing a brand new Hypatia Trust group! For young women 18-36 keen to read more widely and discuss female-focused and authored works as a group. 

We're kicking off with 'Women Who Run With the Wolves: Myths and Stories of the Wild Woman Archetype' by Clarissa Pinkola Estés.

'Within every woman there is a wild and natural creature, a powerful force, filled with good instincts, passionate creativity, and ageless knowing. Her name is Wild Woman, but she is an endangered species. Clarissa Pinkola Estes, Ph.D., Jungian analyst and cantadora storyteller shows how women's vitality can be restored through what she calls "psychic archeological digs" into the ruins of the female unconsious. Using multicultural myths, fairy tales, folk tales, and stories, Dr. Estes helps women reconnect with the healthy, instinctual, visionary attributes of the Wild Woman archetype.' 

Our first meeting will be on the 25th July at 7pm at The Hypatia Trust, and we ask £2 for entry to cover the cost of the space. Do get in touch for more information, either via the Facebook page or by contacting


Postponed until October - Jellyfish thinking, Art and HD - Presentation, Film & Discussion

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In partnership with the Exchange Gallery, Penzance, Hypatia artist Bryony Gillard will explore the relationships between art and literature, peripheral landscapes, female experience, and creativity, drawing on the writings of the Modernist poet, and Isle of Scilly resident, H.D. 

Bryony will talk about her recent moving image work, A cap like water, transparent, fluid yet with definite body (2018), recently presented at Tate St.Ives in Virginia Woolf: An exhibition inspired by her writings. The event will also include a screening of the film.

Bryony Gillard’s practice is situated between writing and art practices that draw on the notion of ‘constant revision’, and states of being in which structures or ideas can be subverted, dissolved or questioned. Her work often focuses on marginalised Herstories and practices — addressing historic imbalances and reflecting upon practices, approaches and ideas that refuse to be pinned down or categorised.

October 13th, 7-9pm. More information about this event here.

Payment by donation.

HYPE Women Social - 14th June 2018, 7pm

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HYPE Women Social


Inviting like-minded women interested in making things happen at the Hypatia Trust's new premises in Chapel street; use the Hypatia collections, energise the archive, help organise events that promote women. Come along from 7pm.

This is a social event and opportunity to meet other people, who make, research, read or write, to get together and make a creative agenda. We have tea, bring cake!

More information here.

' the Ends of the Earth' - A Talk by Frida Go - 31st May 2018

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Frida Go tells of a tale of love, loss, science and wild adventure, in the footsteps of her grandmother Kathleen. In 1913, Kathleen sailed to New Zealand to meet her husband Captain Robert Falcon Scott only to hear that he had died amidst Antarctic snows. Boiling with the same blood, a century later Frida too washed up, broken-hearted, on New Zealand shores. Through film, sculpture and photo-poetry Zoe Young explores the epigenetic legacy for women left behind when hero husbands don't come home. 

Admission by donation. Limited space available - please email to book.

For more information visit:

A Festival of Women and Wellness - 26th May 2018

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Celebrating and supporting the well-being, vitality and tenacity of women in Cornwall!

The Hypatia Trust is delighted to be hosting this exciting event from Inspire Sirens at our new premises in Chapel Street, Penzance. Open to all, following a 9-10am beach clean in association with Plastic Free Penzance, this event promises yoga, dance, poetry, sculpture, wildflowers, vegan feasts, raw choc, cocoa ceremony, massage, organic facials, kids workshops, music and more...

All workshops are free with a donation based entry at the door (suggested donation of £5-£10), but spaces are limited for each workshop so be sure to come early!

Find out more here.

Hypatia Trust wins National Lottery support, Morrab stable re-build planning to go ahead.



A community-based team of local Penzance civic societies, working with local authorities as partners, has received initial support* from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for The Gardeners’ House project, it was announced this week.

Made possible by National Lottery players, the project aims to create a community resource and learning centre focusing on Cornwall’s significant contribution internationally to natural history and the environment. Development funding of up to £70,100 has been awarded to help the Hypatia Trust (Registered charity 1060663) to progress plans to apply for a full grant at a later date. The Hypatia Trust itself, due to the legacy gift of an American donor, the late Dr Elspeth Pope of Shelton, Washington, will also be donating a substantial sum toward the total required.

Together with the dedicated Friends of Morrab Gardens and the Pengarth Day Centre for older people, plans include an eco-friendly rebuild of the partially derelict stables, lying beside the famed Morrab Library. Working with the Head Gardener, Joe Palmese and his team, many new opportunities for social enterprise, research, school visits, garden-craft workshops, mentoring and training for all ages will be on offer. 

Primary objectives are to create a readily accessible natural history reading room with unique horticultural and botanical archives gathered by the Hypatia Trust, an educational charity based in Penzance. It will create an archive on Morrab Gardens’ history, its contribution to society, and the people, past and present, who engaged with it. 

The project aims to carry out essential conservation work, digitise collections, join them through a single web portal, allowing on-line public access to significant local collections for the first time. An educational programme of related activities incorporating experimental gardens and an open-air laboratory for citizen science, is also planned. 

Melissa Hardie, project leader and Hypatia Trust director, said: “We’re absolutely delighted that with the help of De Facto Development Consultants of Falmouth, our application has received the welcome support of the National Lottery. Many helpers – near, far and wide - already have contributed ideas and initial support toward the proposed transformation of this historically important ‘lost asset’. We look forward to the new life and use it will bring to these much-loved public gardens.” 
Penzance Mayor Dick Cliffe commented further, “This project is a great step forward for the Hypatia Trust here in Penzance, it is a very welcome investment in a moribund part of Morrab Gardens and it is a successful first step in what should become a sustainable Morrab Gardens regeneration project.” 

Councillor Olivier, Cornwall Councillor for Penzance Central, said: “This is great news and I am confident that this new community resource and learning centre will be of great benefit to the local community and visitors to the area.”

Councillor James, Cornwall Council Portfolio Holder for Environment and Public Protection, said: “I am extremely pleased that the funding has been granted for this project and look forward to seeing this important local asset being brought back into the heart of the community.”

About the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF)

Thanks to National Lottery players, we invest money to help people across the UK explore, enjoy and protect the heritage they care about - from the archaeology under our feet to the historic parks and buildings we love, from precious memories and collections to rare wildlife. Follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram and use #HLFsupported

*Heritage Grants (HG) applications are assessed in two rounds. The Gardener’s House project has initially been granted round one development funding of £70,100 by the Heritage Lottery Fund, allowing it to progress with its plans. Detailed proposals are then considered by HLF at second round, where a final decision is made on the full funding award of £722,000

Obituary for one of Hypatia's trusted friends...

We join with the whole of the community of Cornwall who knew and loved her, the sad news of the death of our former Lord Lieutenant, Dame Mary Holborow DVCO. As Lady Mary she served Cornwall’s people in so many ways that it exhausts in the telling – but what must be said is that throughout her life of doing good and worthwhile things in public and private ways, she was always kind, empathetic, generous and focused on the job at hand. Her sense of humour was a joy. She was not only a natural leader but also a natural friend. Though the Trust played only a small part in her very busy and high-profile life, she never failed to respond to an appeal for help or guidance, and we can only be thankful that we came to know and respect her place in our lives. She made the world a better place. Our sympathies go out to her family and especially her daughter Kate, and son Crispen.

 Lady Mary Holborow

Lady Mary Holborow

International Women's Day, Wednesday 8th March 2017

Celebrate International Women's Day with the Hypatia Trust on Wednesday 8th March, 11am-4pm at our new offices at The Regent, Lower ground floor, 54 Chapel Street, Penzance. 

All welcome to drop in for a chat, browse our new space, leaf through the women's reference library (it's a bibliophiles dream) and see the Wikipedia Editathon in action (2pm-4pm) continuing our campaign to spread knowledge about the deeds of Cornish women through the world's biggest free source of information. #internationalwomensday #beboldforchange

The Hypatia Trust teams up with Wikimedia in landmark initiative.

Ever heard of Litz Pisk? Try searching for her on Wikipedia - "The page Litz Pisk does not exist." 

Born in Vienna 1909, and died St Ives, Cornwall 1997, Litz is widely regarded as the finest and most influential teacher of modern theatre movement, sadly she is one of the very many great women currently not listed on Wikipedia - however thanks to a partnership between The Hypatia Trust and Wikimedia UK all that's about to change... 

The Hypatia Trust teams up with Wikimedia UK in landmark initiative:

The Hypatia Trust and Wikimedia UK announces a brand new partnership today. Hypatia and Wikimedia UK will work together on a project to rebalance the English-language Wikipedia by training new editors in writing and editing biographical articles on Cornwall and Scilly’s great women.

The Hypatia Trust has appointed Dr. Tehmina Goskar, museum consultant and historian, as its first Wikimedian in Residence to coordinate the project and act as an ambassador for promoting free and open access to information and knowledge on women and Cornwall.

Based in the Hypatia Trust’s Elizabeth Treffry Reading Room in Krowji, Redruth, Tehmina will assemble a team of new editors, create a list of women who are currently underrepresented on Wikipedia and provide access to Hypatia’s special collection of over 3000 books and articles on women’s lives, works and achievements.

Wikipedia is the sixth most visited website in the world (after Google, YouTube, Facebook, Baidu and Yahoo) and considered to be one of the most influential sources of information in the world. However the encyclopaedia suffers from significant underrepresentation of women both as editors and as the subject of articles.

Worryingly, of nearly 1.5 million biographies only 16.6% are of women whereas women make up 51% of the population. And nearly all the biographies of people before 1900 are of men.

Women are also poorly represented in the editorship of Wikipedia with most articles are written by men, and dominating its policies on categorisation, notability and referencing. Women are thought to comprise less than 17% of editors on the English-language Wikipedia.

This project will meet one of Wikimedia UK’s strategic goals of addressing inequality in Wikimedia projects, with a particular focus on the gender gap and geographical bias. The charity will be supporting this project by providing advice and training to support the residency and a new network of editors.

Tehmina Goskar, Wikimedian in Residence, says: “This is just the beginning of a landmark project to redress the imbalance of male-dominated narratives of Cornwall and Cornishness. It is the result of two internationally-minded organisations who have the common aim to improve humanity’s access to knowledge—especially that of the poorly represented.”

Daria Cybulska, Head of Programmes and Evaluation, says: “As the national chapter for the global Wikimedia movement we believe that open access to knowledge is a fundamental right, and a driver for social and economic development. We are delighted to be working with the Hypatia Trust on this important project, which feeds into our overall commitment of increasing online coverage of diverse cultures, heritage and history. We are hoping that we will be able to draw parallels between this initiative and our other projects on Welsh and Scots Gaelic heritage.” Listen to Tehmina talk to Julie Skentelbery about the project on BBC Radio Cornwall, Tehm features at 38 minutes in. 

 Litz Pisk

Litz Pisk

Wikipedia and the under-representation of women…

Wikipedia is the sixth most visited website in the world (after Google, YouTube, Facebook, Baidu and Yahoo).  The single-most concerning factor in Wikipedia’s success is the gross under-representation of women both as writers and as subjects of articles.  Worryingly, of over 1,445,021 biographies only 15.5% are of women – 15.5%?  But we’re 51% of the population! Plus nearly all the biographies of people before 1900 are of men.

And, just when you thought things couldn’t get any worse for women on Wikipedia…. Most of the articles are written by men, including imposing policies for categorisation, notability and referencing.  Women are thought to comprise 8.5-16.1% of editors on the English-language Wikipedia.  Wikipedia recognise this disparity too: Wikipedia:WikiProject_Women% 27s_History

Team Hypatia To The Rescue…..

Appointed as the Hypatia Trust's first Wikipedian-in-Residence, Dr Tehmina Goskar (museum consultant, historian and long time friend of the HT) with the help of a small network of researchers are rebalancing Wikipedia by writing and editing biographical articles of Cornwall and Scilly’s great women.  Utilizing the Hypatia Trust’s Elizabeth Treffry Collection (over 3000 books and articles by and about women in Cornwall & the Isles of Scilly) Tehmina and the researchers will aim to reinvigorate the collection and raise the global profile of its subjects.

Tehmina says, "I have been a long time advocate of free and open access to knowledge especially in the fight against inequality and in pursuit of better diversity in how we write about our heritage. As Wikipedian-in-Residence I will be creating a hit-list of women in Cornwall who are currently not represented or poorly represented on the English-language Wikipedia. This will not only address the gross bias against female subjects on the world's free encyclopedia, but also redress the gender imbalance in the representation of Cornish history, culture and literature."

We will be featuring these biographies as part of our Hypatia Women: Cornwall campaign so keep an eye on our social media pages for more coming soon.

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Hypatia Chairwoman, Veronica Janas, remembered by Melissa Hardie...

Amongst Veronica’s many philanthropic and community activities, she always made valuable thinking time and many other contributions to first the founding, and then the continuation of the Hypatia Trust.  With headquarters in Penzance, Cornwall, UK, the Trust is an educational charity that encourages and supports women and girls in achieving the highest goals that they wish to set – in arts, crafts, health and community activities.

Veronica’s great skills as both a manager and organisational developer meant that shortly after meeting the book collector, Melissa Hardie-Budden at a Women’s Network Regional Meeting in the 1980s, she suggested a lunchtime meeting between Melissa and husband Philip together with Ludwig at a Somerset pub.  Based on their shared interests in reading, learning and futures for young women – Veronica and Melissa each have two daughters making their way in the world - they proceeded to build up ideas for a positive community-based forum.  This would follow in the footsteps of the 4th century philosopher, Hypatia of Alexandria – so important for her scientific, humanitarian and egalitarian teachings.

When a Trustee board was set up in 1996 and charity registration effected, Veronica became the first Chairman of the Trust. She was present when the first Hypatia Collection was gifted to Exeter University. She and daughter Nic also accompanied the Buddens to Washington state where we visited Elspeth Pope and her wonderful residential retreat, Hypatia in the Woods, named in tribute to our own. Her natural good sense, her wry sense of humour, and her strong belief in the objectives we have followed throughout, have kept us on track throughout her long tenure.  We even had hopes that she would be able to retire within shouting distance of us here in Cornwall.  Her talents as a textile artist are legendary.  But above all else she was a friend in a million.

Veronica's funeral will be held in Bathealton Friday 29th July. 

 From Left to right:  Nicola Janas, Veronica Janas, Elspeth Pope, Melissa Hardie on a group visit to Hypatia-in-the-Woods, 1998, a residential retreat for women artists on Puget Sound, Washington, planning forward for our transatlantic partnership.

From Left to right:  Nicola Janas, Veronica Janas, Elspeth Pope, Melissa Hardie on a group visit to Hypatia-in-the-Woods, 1998, a residential retreat for women artists on Puget Sound, Washington, planning forward for our transatlantic partnership.

Thank you!

Thank you!

Thank you! Huge thanks to everyone who supported our pop-up-shop and auctions.  Working together with the Friends Of Morrab Gardens we have raised £7,500 all of which goes towards the renovation of the stables in Morrab Gardens. This dilapidated and unused building will be turned in to a horticultural and botanical learning centre open to everyone. Don't worry if you didn't make it to the shop we have lots more to auction (especially art) and are planning an arts and crafts exhibition and sale later in the summer when our new offices are up and running. Or if you'd like support the project by making a donation you can do so here. Find out more about Hypatia-in-the-Gardens here

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Hypatia Trust Crime Collection Receives New Home...

The Hypatia Trust Crime Collection - 1000 books on crime, written by or about women including Agatha ChristiePD James and Jessica Mann - was presented to Falmouth University by University Librarian and Hypatia Trustee Doreen Pinfold.   This collection now sits in Falmouth University Library at the Penryn Campus and is accessible to all, see here for further details.


'The History of Cornwall is eerily male in orientation, you do wonder where the women were.’


‘The history of Cornwall is eerily male in orientation, you do wonder where the women were.’

On International Women’s Day, The Hypatia Trust proudly launched The Elizabeth Treffry Reading Room at Krowji, Redruth, you can find lots of photographs on our Facebook page.

Dr Melissa Hardie, founder of the Hypatia Trust comments “The history of Cornwall is eerily male in orientation – you do wonder where the women were.  Historian Mary Ritter Beard stated ‘no documents, no history.’ The collection at Krowji focuses on Women’s lives and occupations, their writings and their artistic crafts. Here they are – and lots of them.”

In Cornwall, as true all over the world, the worthwhile achievements of women are often overlooked and even suppressed in oral and written histories.  This special collection will play an essential part in re-balancing narratives in Cornish and Scillonian history and literature by sharing the triumphs, stories and arts by women who have lived and worked in the county.

The reading room includes works by internationally acclaimed authors Daphne du Maurier, Helen Dunmore and Virginia Woolf and hundreds of the lesser known who should be found again.  It also highlights histories of great Cornish campaigning women such as Emily Hobhouse, Dora Russell, Judith Cook and many more.   The Hypatia Trust hopes that access to this important collection will provide young women and girls with inspiring role models whose lives were influenced by the place of Cornwall.

This fantastic resource, a unique body of over 3000 books and artefacts by and about women in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly is now open to everyone.

Housed at Krowji in Redruth, the reading room is accessible to all by appointment via Azook 01209 311070


Three good friends of Hypatia.

Apart from other tragedies of 2015 attracting global sorrow and tragedy, we are sad to report the deaths of three long-time friends of the Hypatia Trust – each a stalwart support amongst the many that both understand and work to carry out our educational and humanitarian objectives.

In her sensitive and loving obituary for Marion Whybrow (1931-2015), the novelist and poet Helen Dunmore presents a complete record of Marion’s work which will not be repeated here. Anyone reading the resume cannot fail to understand why we have valued her gifts – both her talents and her contributions to the Trust’s archives.  These take the form of many cuttings, manuscripts, photographs and of course, her published books, fiction and non-fiction. Apart from this, she was a loyal friend and participant in our book launches, art exhibitions and celebratory events over the many years at the Jamieson Library and Trevelyan House.  We will miss her gentle kindness greatly.

In mid-November came the death of author Eva Tucker (1929-2015), described in her Times obituary as a novelist and hostess of literary salons, is more fully biographically reviewed also in the Guardian. What a beautiful and charming woman! 

When the Trust moved its Elizabeth Treffry Collection on Women in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, from its original home at the Jamieson Library, Newmill, to Trevelyan House in Chapel Street, Penzance in 2002, we decided to celebrate with a literary salon.  Melissa Hardie was corresponding with Eva about the Trust’s collection of the work of Dorothy Richardson, who lived in Cornwall for many years while writing her 13-volume stream-of-consciousness novel, Pilgrimage. Eva offered to ‘launch’ our literary weekend with a talk as part of the festivities.  Her edited and expanded talk became the first publication from the new premises: · Tucker, Eva. Pilgrimage: The Enchanted Guest of Spring and Summer: Dorothy Richardson 1873-1954: a Reassessment of Her Life and Work. Penzance: Hypatia Press, 2003.

Attending Eva’s opener in 2002, were both Marion Whybrow, and our third close friend and supporter, Hilary Richings neé Scrope Shrapnell (1936-2015). Local to Newmill and the Jamieson Library, Hilary, acting as journalist to The Cornishman for our community, kept up with every event and activity that was mustered.  She was always our ACE (Aid Conservation through Education, for the building of Uganda’s schools charity) bookseller, eagerly counting up the proceeds from our annual Newmill Open Gardens Day. Very active with the Women’s Institute, she always saw that the local prize-winning local history projects as written up in bound volumes, made an extra copy for the Hypatia Trust. She pored for hours and days over the indexing of the history of the Newlyn Art Gallery when that was our 1995 Centennial book.  Wherever there was literary work to do, proof reading, and writing, she and husband Jack were there. She sat at the hub of the village of Newmill, and we all have loving memories of her.