RepositoryUniversity of Exeter Penryn Campus (GB 3242)
Ref NoICS11
Extent16 boxes/3.2 linear metres
TitlePersonal Papers of Mary Mann: Falmouth & Camborne Liberal Association -CATALOGUING IN PROGRESS PLEASE CONTACT ARCHIVES@FXPLUS.AC.UK
DescriptionPlease note there are some closures within this Collection due to Data Protection legislation.

The Collection consists largely of assorted papers relating to Falmouth Camborne Liberal Association and other liberal organisations both in Cornwall and nationally. Reflecting the everyday work of a party supporter, materials include:

- Minutes (not complete) for Hayle Liberal Association (1956 -1966), Falmouth Camborne Liberal Association (1949-1973), Redruth Young Liberal Association (1961-2), Finance and General Purpose Committee and Exectutive Committee, Falmouth & Camborne Liberal Association, Cornwall Liberal Party and Barripper-Penpods Liberal Association (1965-1966).

- Election planning materials including: timetables, itineraries, checklists, briefing notes, work progress charts, procedure sheets, candidate and constituency information and maps and plans (largely from the 1960s and 1970s).

- Election ephermera , campaign flyers, posters, press releases, agendas, manifestos including those relating to Mann canditature in 1979

- Records of campaign and other materials relating to the 1966 General Election including: handwritten journal and additional papers on candiate Manuella Sykes, polling stations, flyers, reciepts and lists of sites for canvassing

- Correspondence between party members, volunteers and constituents

- Reports

- Materials relating to fundraising activities such flyers, applications, tickets, programmes of events, sponsorship forms

- Newsletters, circulars and Liberal Party publications

- Newspaper cuttings.

This Collection is not limited to the representation of local political activity alone, but also evidences national issues and well-known L:iberal party members such as Jeremy Thorpe and Cyril Smith.
Admin HistoryEdna Mary Mann (1928-2005) was a resident of Falmouth and a committed supporter of the Liberal Party. Married to Charles Mann, an engineer and proprietor of the former Lamanva Military Vehicle Museum (est. 1975) near Falmouth, and mother of two, Mann first became interested in the Liberal Party during the 1966 General Election after hearing the election address of the Liberal candidate Maneula Sykes. Mann would join the Liberal Party the following year and went on to hold a variety of positions within the Falmouth & Camborne Association and the Penryn Liberal Association including: Secretary, Agent, Treasurer, President, and also briefly Chairman.

During the 1970s Mann acted as Secretary of the Penryn Liberal Association, Parlimentary Liberal Agent for Falmouth and Camborne and Treasurer of the Cornwall Liberal Party. She also worked to support the candidature of Edward Thomas Sara in the 1974 General Election, before pursuing her own political ambitions by standing as the Liberal Association's candidate in the County Council by-election on November 1st 1979. Although she was unsuccesful in securing this seat she continued to work tirelessly in local politics, representing Falmouth and Camborne at executive committee meetings of the Devon and Cornwall Region Liberal Party during the late 1970s and early 1980s and later holding the position of Honorary Secretary for the Cornwall Liberal Party during the early 1980s before assisting the campaign committee for the European Elections of 1984.

Mann's interests were not exlcusively party-political. She also became a parish councillor for Budock in 1967 and was chairman of the Council for several years. She was also a non-party district councillor from 1971-1976 and Chairman of the local youth group.

Mann died in 2005.
Access StatusOpen
Related MaterialArchive holdings include:

- ICS10 - ICS Elections Project which provides further details of many of the election campaigns and candidates which feature within the papers of Mary Mann
- Collections ICS13 and ICS8 also highlight the wider political landscape with Cornwall in this period.
Access ConditionsOpen except for those records except for those containing personal information covered by Data Protection legislation.
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