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New Camborne railway museum and archive store planned by Trevithick Society

By WBJLock  |  Posted: December 20, 2013

Parts of a steam engine could be on display in the new museum.

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A new railway museum and archive centre is planned to be built in Camborne alongside a historic society’s headquarters, all under one roof.

The Trevithick Society plans to convert a 100-year-old store building into a railway museum showcasing Cornwall’s industrial archaeology and storage to archive age-old railway records.

It also plans to use the building as a base for the society.

Philip Hosken, chairman of the Trevithick Society said: “It will be the first time the society has had a home, but with a dedicated railway museum and record centre run by volunteers.

“It’s an exciting proposal. Plans have been in the making for 10 years to see this come to life. The store is currently not being used. It is situated just off the railway line in Camborne.

“It will hold artefacts from across Cornwall and digitised records, books and illustrations of the area’s industrial archaeology.”

It is envisioned that lecturers will travel to the centre to give talks about Cornwall’s heritage and railway history.

According to the plans, windows and doors will be re-installed at the building and a mezzanine floor for the study and archive area will be constructed.

An exhibition area, reception space, shop area, toilets and office space will be built on the ground floor.

Camborne’s archive plans differ to the Cornwall Record Office, planned for Redruth, because it will hold documents kept by the Trevithick Society about the area’s industrial heritage all in one place.

Documents are currently held by members of the society at their homes and in a container at King Edward’s Mine in Troon.

The Trevithick Society was named for Richard Trevithick. an engineer who contributed to the use of high pressure steam engines. The society was established in 1935 and aims to teach people about the use of steam power.

Plans for the proposal are currently with Cornwall Council. The determination deadline has been given as Thursday January 23.

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  • break  |  December 20 2013, 5:40PM

    Isn't King Edward Mine meant to be a museum,if I remember right,a lot of objects from Camborne's Holman museum,and others,were taken there,but from what I remember a lot of objects have just 'dissapeared',we do need a proper museum though.