To preserve the past, understand the present and inform the future.

Our Mission

To undertake the essential task of preserving the historical record and memories of St Ives, Carbis Bay, Lelant, Halsetown and Towednack in Cornwall.

We collect local knowledge and keep the memories of our community safe. We ensure that the Archive is thriving, resilient and permanent by embedding pride in a shared heritage, enabling people to gain a greater sense of place and their relationship to it. We preserve the past, to understand the present and inform the future. We do this for those who were here before, those who are here now and those who are yet to come.

Our Vision

St Ives Archive forms a unique bridge between the past and future, connecting the two through the endeavours of the custodians and their current ways of working. Our purpose is to develop the appreciation and conservation of the heritage of St Ives and its surrounding areas for the local and wider community. To achieve this, it is vital that the team remains adaptable in an ever-changing world and are ready to embrace the opportunities that new technologies and partnerships and audiences bring. Our aim is to be relevant to the needs of society and responsive to the needs of the community.

Our Team

St Ives Archive operates a Board of Trustees as its senior management team and meets on a monthly cycle by personal attendance or through virtual means. 

The day-to-day operation of the Archive is run by a team of enthusiastic volunteers, each with their own areas of interest and expertise.