Mar 31st 2017

Public donations enable Hayle Heritage Centre to buy rare item

Generous public donations have enabled Hayle Heritage Centre to buy a Victorian Officers full dress tunic belonging to Lieutenant Colonel Harvey of the 2nd battalion DCLI. Lieutenant Colonel Harvey was one of the world renowned Harvey’s of Hayle. The Harvey family built up a foundry and engineering empire in the town that was known and respected around the world, including the biggest steam engines ever built.

Laura Walton of Hayle Heritage Centre stated

“We have very few personal items relating to the Harvey family, and named clothes are extremely  rare. This item is not only beautiful but it has full provenance that proves it belonged by Lieutenant Colonel Harvey. Due to generous public donations in the centre last year we were able to buy the tunic when it came up for auction.”

Lieutenant Colonel Harvey was born in 1858 and served with the DCLI.  He served on an Egyptian expedition in 1882 and in the South African War 1899-1902, and was awarded the Distinguished Service Order (DSO) in 1901. (A DSO is awarded for officers showing exemplary conduct in combat.) The uniform does need some conservation work but will be on display in the heritage centre at Harveys Foundry Trust when it re-opens to the public on the 12th of April (11-4). The centre has had a re-hang over winter with lots more artefacts on display and new exhibitions.

The Centre is celebrating their new look with a coffee and cake morning on the 12th of April and a family friendly craft workshop in the afternoon. They are also going to be open on Saturday the 15th of April with free craft activities for children and an Easter Egg hunt from 11-3.

For more information about Hayle Heritage Centre please visit their website, and you can also follow them on Facebook  and Twitter. Alternatively you can call them on 01736 757683.