The Tangye Archive is available for study at the library. When Derek passed away he instructed that all his and Jeannie’s possessions other than personal papers be sold, and the sale took place at Penzance Auction House in April 1997. At this sale Derek’s Trustees purchased manuscript copies of his and Jeannie’s books, hand-written notebooks in which they collected notes for their writing, uncorrected proof copies, a scrapbook kept by Derek of his first newspaper articles when he became a journalist, and a Garden Log dating from the 1950s in which Derek listed the crops, prices, successes and failures of their market garden. These items form the basis of the Tangye Archive which is kept at the private subscription library in Morrab Gardens, Penzance, and has since been added to by gifts from readers.
In order to protect and preserve the Archive for the future there are strict guidelines for those wishing to view it, as is the case with all major library archives. Access is by prior appointment only, and usually on Tuesdays and Fridays only, because a member of the library staff must be in attendance at all times. Proof of identity must be provided as a register is kept, and all bags and cameras must be left with the librarian. Paper and pencil only (not pen) may be used while studying the Archive and no photocopying is permitted.
We have a £3 day rate for non-members wishing to use the Library and a suggested donation of £5 for non-members wishing to use the archive facilities. Please contact the Library in advance if there is something specific you would like to look at.