Sheila Hichens was born in Penzance in 1924, where her father was the Headmaster of Lescudjack School, and in retirement she purchased her grandfather’s house in Newlyn. Between times, she was awarded a scholarship to Exeter University and subsequently became Principal of Eastbourne Teacher Training College. She developed strong links with teacher training initiatives in Tanzania and later worked for an Australian TV company on some historical programmes. For recreation, she treasured her pilot’s licence and loved to travel.
By virtue of her Will, the Sheila Hichens Trust was formed to create an art collection to show how life was lived in West Cornwall before the middle of the twentieth century. The collection includes many Newlyn School artists such as Walter Langley, Stanhope Forbes, Laura Knight and Harold Harvey. It is being exhibited for the first time in the newly restored Steward’s House on St Michael’s Mount.