Fire crews work to save historian Rendell's archive

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Cornwall's fire service says that work has been carried out to preserve the archive of a local historian who died in a fire at her home.

The body of Joan Rendell MBE, 89, was found after her bungalow at Yeolmbridge caught fire on Tuesday.

Miss Rendell wrote more than 30 books and was appointed a Cornish bard by Gorseth Kernow, the organisation which promotes the study of Cornish literature, art, music and history.

She was also an avid collector of matchbox covers and had an estimated collection of 300,000.

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