The Cornwall Industrial Trust (CIT)

The Cornwall Industrial Trust
(Registered Charity No 273579)


The Trust was set up in 1974 following the liquidation of the Cornwall Productivity Association which, since 1950, had served Cornish industry and commerce by arranging lectures, symposia, conferences, courses and study groups. After consultation with member firms of the Association it was agreed that the £3,600-odd then available should be used to form the nucleus of a fund to promote higher technical education in Cornwall. After protracted negotiations, charitable status was obtained for the Trust.

Since then the Trust’s funds have been apportioned to investment schemes specifically designed to provide income for charities and a regular income is available for disbursement to recipients that the board of Trustees feel meet the Aims and Objects of the Trust.


The objects of the Trust may be summarised as the advancement of education in mining, quarrying, metallurgy, civil, mechanical and electrical engineering and the exchange of ideas and information in those fields, where the primary foci are located in the Duchy of Cornwall or have intimate links to Cornish engineering history, skills and endeavour.

This is to be effected by:-

(a) the establishment of scholarships to assist students at the institutions of higher education to obtain technical qualifications in the specified fields,

(b) by arranging meetings and symposia to receive papers, show films and conduct discussions, and the giving of financial assistance to symposia intended to further technical education in the specified fields,

(c) to publish transactions and technical papers in the specified fields, either alone or in co-operation with learned societies,

(d) the pursuit of investigations relevant to the specified fields,

(e) the collection of records and statistics in these fields.

Constitution of the Cornwall Industrial Trust