RepositoryUniversity of Exeter Penryn Campus (GB 3242)
Ref NoICS1
Extent0.8 linear metres / 2 boxes
TitleCornwall Archaeological Society
DescriptionCollection consists of central administrative records, which include:
- Minutes 1935-1988
- Accounts 1952-1980
- Correspondence relating to excavations at Carn Brea and Harlyn Bay, the Cornish Farm Building Survey 1985, The Society of the Protection of Ancient Buildings and Cornwall Archaeological Society.
Admin HistoryCornwall Archeological Society was originally established in 1935 as West Cornwall Field Club by Lieutenant Colonel Frederick Christian Hirst (1874-1938) and a group of likeminded volunteers interested in studying West Cornwall's archaeology. These founder members included Major William and Mrs Constance Lloyd, Florence Patchett, Sybil Worthington, James Joseph Judge and Dorothy Dudley. In the postwar years its membership grew steadily to over 50 active members who were able to afford the time to undetake excavations and field surveys, not only in the eastern part of Penwith but increasingly further across Cornwall. Between 1953 and 1961 the Club produced numerous publications including 6 field guides and took part in over 40 excavations.

An initiative to expand the Club came from a group of Committee members who felt the title of the 'West Cornwall Field Club' no longer reflected the scope and ambition of the organisation. In 1961, after a unanimous vote by both committee and members, the Club changed its name to 'Cornwall Archeological Society'. Before there was a chance to introduce the Society formally at a public meeting in 1962, membership had grown again almost tripling in the space of year. The first president of the Society was C. A. Ralegh Radford an English archaeologist and historian who specialised in the Dark Ages.

Today, in partnership with Cornwall Council's Historic Environment Service (HES), the Society continues to provide practical experience at excavation sites for its members, with conferences held each year in Truro and Liskeard. The Society also produces regular newsletters which give a diary of events, reports on activities, and opinions and letters from members. An annual peer reviewed journal is also published entitled 'Cornish Archaeology'. This publication began in 1962 with the aim to be a voice for the Society - inclusive from the outset by encouraging and supporting contributions from all its members. Annual General Meetings are held each year in March/April, at which point General Committee members are appointed with General Committee Meetings held four times a year. Project committees are also occasionally set up to oversee specific significant assignments. Each historical hundred of Cornwall has an Area Representative who reports at twice-yearly meetings on endangered species and local finds.
Access StatusOpen
Related MaterialRelated Archive holdings held elsewhere include:
-West Cornwall Field Club Minute Books 1935-1962 Royal Institution of Cornwall
- EUL MS 127 - Courtney Arthur Ralegh Radford Collection: University notebooks and research papers, University of Exeter Archive
Access ConditionsOpen except for those records subject to Data Protection Legislation.
ArrangementArranged according to function of Cornwall Archaeological Society.
Finding_AidsThis Collection is fully catalogued.
Creator_NameWest Cornwall Field Club
Cornwall Archaeological Society
Society for the Preservation of Ancient Buildings
University of Exeter Department of Extra-Mural Studies
Cornwall Committee for Rescue Archaeology
The Department of Environment
University of Edinburgh Department of Archaeology
Committee for Rescue Archaeology in Avon, Gloucestershire and Somerset
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