Lost and Found Café and Gallery Now Open at Trevelyan House

The Lost and FoundOpen now at Trevelyan House's capacious ground-floor is the delightful Lost & Found Cafe and Gallery. Two childhood friends who have grown up to start their own creative business life together as well, are Holly Hearn and Jesse Dowse-Willoughby. With the help of many young friends and helpful family members they have once again transformed the beautiful reception rooms into welcoming spaces to display paintings, to show and sell vintage tableware and books, and serve breakfasts, light lunches, teas and coffees and delicious scones, cakes and other pastries.

It is open from 9am to 5pm six days a week (closed on Sunday) and also offers the venue for your celebrations, special events and club meetings by reservation in the evening. A friendly welcome awaits you (and delicious eats)!

In the Gift of Gay

Waterlolour by Gay Sagar-Fenton
Waterlolour by Gay Sagar-Fenton

The interests and artistry of the late Gay Sagar-Fenton were celebrated by some of her Hypatia Trust friends with an impromptu show of watercolours.

In aid of Shelterbox, her favoured charity, the Trust held an open house over two afternoons -

Friday 21st and Saturday 22nd September 2012 at Trevelyan House.

On this occasion, the Trust asked Gay's friends, associates, and interested visitors to cast a vote to select two of her paintings for the Permanent Collection of Women's Art, being established by the Trust as a gift for Cornwall.

A member of the Jamieson Library, Newmill, home of the Trust since its initiation in 1986, Gay's art work was always of interest to Curator of its collections, Melissa Hardie. Gay attended an early book-arts seminar held at the Library, and from that meeting they became personal friends.

It was with special pleasure that in her final years, Gay attended Art for the Blind workshops when they were held at Trevelyan House, where she was a lively and popular member. Gay threw herself into assisting community life in many directions as her recent Cornishman obituary recorded (23rd August 2012).

Hypatia's Handbag - An Interactive Exhibition: The ordinary and the bizarre

Hypatia's Handbag
Hypatia's Handbag

23rd - 29th July 2012 11am - 5pm


Jess Allen, Mary Fletcher, Andrea Garrihy, John Garrihy, Jenny George, David Kemp, Laura Holliday, Susan Hoyle, Andrew Lanyon, Amanda Lorens, Maurice Pearson, Poppy Treffry, Shabby Cow, Smart Tart, and Charlie Roff.

Exhibition curated by Andrea Garrihy



In aid of the Elizabeth Treffry Cornish Collection.

Trevelyan House, 16 Chapel Street, Penzance TR18 4AW

Tel: 01736 366597

Discover Hidden Treasures at Trevelyan House, 4th - 9th June 2012


Visitors and the local community were invited to enjoy the delights of the Elizabeth Treffry Collection on Women in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. Free displays and tours of the collection took place in the informal and homely surroundings of Trevelyan House, a grade II-listed Georgian gem in the heart of historic Chapel Street and home of the Hypatia Trust. The Hypatia Trust was one of 55 organisations across the UK to take part in The Independent newspaper and the Collections Trust national campaign called Hidden Treasures.

Free tours took place throughout the week led by Honorary Curator and Historian, Dr. Tehmina Goskar.

Visitors were able to view a rare copy of 'King Arthur's Wood' by artist and author Elizabeth Forbes, a fairy-tale written and illustrated for her family in 1904, 19th century photograph albums by women photographers and other items from this unique Cornish collection.

More information: www.elizabethtreffrycollection.org

The Opening of Trevelyan House

Malcolm Sutton and Satchiko Quayle Two evenings of celebration, and three days of activities, marked the official opening of Trevelyan House as the Trust's new headquarters.

Thursday 28th November 2002 was the quieter of the two evening parties, and was attended by members and guests.

They were able to tour the house and inspect the facilities, and enjoy a glass of wine.

The new electronic piano was demonstrated by Malcolm Sutton and Julia MacLean. The instrument was purchased following our recent Vivace appeal.

Malcolm is currently cataloguing a large collection of sheet music which has been donated to the Trust.

Town Crier, Phil 'Piglet' Rowley, was in attendance, and is seen here enjoying himself with Hypatia trustee, Anne Sutton, and Jacqueline McEwan.

Eva Tucker

The morning of Friday 29th November saw the Inaugural Lecture.

The London scholar and critic, Eva Tucker, gave a lecture entitled 'The Enchanted Guest of Spring and Summer' - a reassessment of the life and work of Dorothy Richardson.

Following a light lunch the afternoon was given over to poetry. Entitled 'The Well-spring of Poetry', it consisted of a medley of talks and poems, presented by Jacqueline Pritchard, Martha Street Pinnons, Jo Pacsoo, Ann Alexander, and Angela Stoner.

In the evening we held our Civic Reception, and entertained the Mayor of Penzance and members of the Town Council, together with members of Penwith District Council and Penzance Chamber of Commerce, and the deputy Mayor of Hayle.

Master of ceremonies was again Piglet, the Town Crier, and he kept order as best he could.

Guests and visitors were welcomed by the Trust's chairman, Heather Rowe.

The Mayor of Penzance, Cllr. Ruth Simpson, said how impressed the Town Council is with the sympathetic restoration of Trevelyan House, to become, once more, one of Penzance's most beautiful buildings.

She also enthused about the activities of the organisations using the facilities.

Professor Charles Thomas, the Cornish archaeologist and writer spoke about the history of the name Trevelyan, and our Member of Parliament, Andrew George, said how much he is enjoying using the premises already for his 'surgeries' for constituents.

Frank Lynch

There was also an impromptu speech from our builder, Frank Lynch. (Sadly Frank died in the autumn of 2003)

During the evening we were entertained by 'polite jazz' from The John Cox Quartet.

A presentation was made to Hedi Saunders, our hardworking voluntary administrator, and she was thanked for all the effort she has put into the project.

She is seen here, on the left, receiving a bouquet of flowers from trustee, Anne Sutton, and a round of applause from everyone.

Open Day

On Saturday, 30th November, we were open all day for visitors and friends.

We held a book sale with some local book dealers attending, as well as raising money by selling some of our duplicates.

Book launches were held by Andrew George, Catherine Wallace, Ann Alexander, Alexandra Pratt, Mary Casling, and Jim Hosking.

On the afternoon of Sunday, 1st December, there was a film presentation and discussion, entitled 'Speaking for themselves: 7 women and their experiences with cancer'.

The visiting presenter was Gesine Meerwein from Freiburg, Germany, Women's Archive.

We are grateful to the ETS electrical store in Penzance for the loan of a video projector for this event.