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Roadshows give communities a say on Cornish archive

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: March 04, 2014

By Simon Parker Living Cornwall Editor @simonparkerwmn

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A series of roadshows aimed at giving people across Cornwall a say in how their history is presented got under way in Redruth at the weekend.

Organisers of the public consultation hope communities and individuals will get involved with shaping the future of the service that cares for millions of documents, photographs, books, maps and databases covering Cornwall’s history and culture.

Funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and Cornwall Council, the new the Kresen Kernow centre will house Cornwall Council’s archives and historic collections in a purpose-built building on the old brewery site in Redruth.

Due for completion in 2017, the project team are now offering people the opportunity to share their views on the services, events and activities they want to see the building provide.

Formal consultation began in Redruth at the weekend and there will be further opportunities to get involved later in the year when a project focusing on the history of the brewery site gets under way. This will provide opportunities for the community and schools to take part, as well as anyone else with a connection to this historic site.

Julian German, Cornwall Council’s cabinet member for economy and culture, said: “We want the project to create a vibrant community resource and excellent research facilities, so we want as many people as possible to tell us what they think. Their views will help us to make sure we meet the needs of everyone across Cornwall and beyond, who might want to use it.”

There will be a further 10 consultation roadshows in venues across Cornwall, with the next being in Liskeard on Saturday March 8.

For full details of events and locations visit cornwall.gov.uk/kresenkernow

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