The Castle Archive Team Win Award!

The Castle Archive Team win at the Bude Heroes Awards!


We are delighted to say that our very own Castle Archive team has received recognition of their dedication to the Heritage Centre by winning an award at the first ever Bude Heroes Awards.


The Castle Archive team is made up of eight members, who volunteer their time to organise and assemble exhibitions free for the community and visitors to enjoy at The Castle, Bude. They receive no financial rewards for their work.


The Castle Archive team is made up of:


Anne Longley

Sue Burrows

Madalene Warren

Malcolm Warren

Patricia Philp

Pearl Myers

Linda Summerhill

Sue Bernard



From left to right: Madalene Warren, Sue Burrows, Anne Longley and Patricia Philp pictured with Bude-Stratton Town Council Mayor Bob Willingham.


Janine King, Heritage Development Officer at The Castle, explains how the group came about, “Anne first set up an archive volunteer team back in 2004, and since then the team has gone from strength to strength, with Anne still very much involved now in 2018.


“The team give up their Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday mornings to work behind the scenes on the Heritage Centre. The majority of our volunteers have been involved in the archive department for a number of years, and have been instrumental in developing the centre. Especially in 2007 when they helped move the museum to its new location at The Castle.


“Their role included helping to ensure the safety of artefacts and documents to their new location, and re-cataloguing, a tremendously time-consuming operation.


“The team have been responsible for the setup and maintenance of the archive stores, making sure that all artefacts are photographer, labelled and stored in appropriate conditions adhering to accreditation standards.


“Sue in particular has spent a lot of time digitising the collection through ‘MODES’ a museum standard cataloguing programme, and has also helped to train new volunteers.


“As well as volunteering, Malcolm and Madelene were also heavily involved in organising the Battle of Stratton for many years before the Council took it over. They will often go out of their way to find an object or painting that has some reference to Bude. Earlier in the year, they travelled to Derbyshire to collect a rare etching of Sir Goldsworthy Gurney’s Steam Carriage, a fabulous addition to the Gurney archive.


“Recently, you have also seen the level of commitment by Madalene to the World War 1 exhibition. The team as a whole have put on many exhibitions over the past few years, each one taking a great deal of time and hard work to put together.


“The Heritage Centre is one of only a few museums in Cornwall that have held fully accredited status for more than 10 years. This status simply could not have been achieved and maintained without the work of the archive team.


“Frequent changes in staff and management in recent years has meant that the volunteers have often had to work with little direction. There have been many incidents that have required flexibility and initiative on their part. They are all happy to help members of the public with their enquiries, and will often go above and beyond what is asked of them and find a little bit of extra information or relevant artefact.


“The archive team are invaluable in supporting me in my role as Heritage Development Officer. I honestly believe that the continued success and popularity of The Heritage Centre must largely be attributed to the diligence, passion and dedication of the archive volunteers. They are all passionate about Bude and preserving its history and heritage.”


The archive team have been busy in recent months compiling a mixture of articles and artefacts for their exhibition ‘Lest We Forget – A New Dawn’, in commemoration and celebration of the end of World War One. The exhibition focuses on local efforts and services from our area.


The exhibition takes places in the Willoughby Gallery and the Blanchminster Room at The Castle in Bude, Thursday 8th November – Tuesday 27thNovember 2018. Free entry.