We looked at a range of collections from both archives. Primarily the material at Cornwall Record Office was intended to inspire ideas for creative practice, whereas the University Archives provided documents which demonstrated the practice and process of screenwriting.
Archives and Special Collections at UCF and UoECC
Archive and Special Collections at Tremough Campus is a joint service managed by Archivist, Sarah C. Jane. The archives are open to students, staff and members of the public by appointment. See the pages at UCF for details.
The collections that we used were the archives of Nicke Darke, one of Cornwall’s best known playwrights, and local novelist, Patrick Gale.
Nick Darke’s collection contains preparatory work and scripts for his 30 plays, along with publicity, promotional material, photographs and correspondence. Nick’s work for television, film and radio is also well represented. The Archive was kindly deposited by Nick’s widow, Jane, who continues to be involved with the collection and its use. For more information about Nick’s life and work please visit nickdarke.net
The Gale collection traces the development of the author’s novels, from inital research materials, notes on character and plot development and draft manuscripts, through to promotional materials such as book jackets and television and radio interviews. Treatments and screenplays where films based on Gale’s novels have been commissioned, but never made, are also included.
Cornwall Record Office
Cornwall Record Office (CRO) was established by Cornwall County Council in 1951 and cares for the largest archive collection in the county, with environmentally-controlled strongrooms holding over four miles of records, dating from the 12th century to the present day. See the website for more details.
The collections that we looked at included treasures such as an Ecclesiastical Calendar from 1462, Nineteenth-century plans of Madron Workhouse, Medieval Doodles from Churchwarden’s Accounts dated 1494, and a Second World War Civil Defence Map marked… “secret”!