• Become a Friend of the Newlyn Archive.

    Friends of the Newlyn Archive are actively involved in creating and fashioning the Newlyn Archive by participating in events, adding to the archive resources, or taking responsibility for research in particular areas of the archive.

    Linda Holmes is a Friend of the Archive whose Penwith family roots go back to the seventeenth century. Here she is with membership secretary Diane Tredinnick talking to a visitor at the June 2010 Open Day Newlyn at War.

  • The Newlyn Archive is a collection of material about Newlyn.

    The purpose of the archive is to collect, preserve, store and share stories, documents, and pictures relating to the history of Newlyn from distant times until today.

    William Badcock was one of the crew of seven men who sailed the lugger Mystery to Australia in 1854. Here he is back in Newlyn with his wife Harriet.

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    Amongst the Friends of the Archive, are a number of people who are willing to display and discuss their very
    considerable private archives at the Open Days.

    Here a small group of Friends listen to Jeff Richards (seated middle) as he shows his album of Newlyn
    postcards at the Open Day Fishing at Newlyn held in February 2010.

  • Newlyn Archive open days

    Four annual Open Days, with free admission, focus on a chosen theme, and enable people to enjoy and learn from the archive holdings.

    Here are people at the Newlyn Family Open Day held in November 2011; they are engrossed with the old school photographs showing classes from the Wesleyan School, Newlyn Board School, Trewarveneth Infants andTolcarne School (now Newlyn School).

  • Newlyn Archive open days

    Partner institutions like the Newlyn Art Gallery and Penlee House Gallery have participated in Newlyn Archive Open Days.

    Here a member of the team at Newlyn Art Gallery works with a child on a project about Seaside Voices at the Open Day Faces of Newlyn held in January 2010.

  • Newlyn Archive activities

    A wide range of people including young people are involved in particular projects, both learning from and contributing to their community archive.

    Here the children from Newlyn School are accompanied by archive secretary Mary Ellery on a walk along the Tolcarne Stream as part of the Bygone Newlyn Project in 2011.

  • Friends of the Archive

    Friends of the Archive elect a committee of volunteers that includes a chairman, treasurer, secretary, and six
    ordinary committee members, four of whom take responsibility for membership, local liaison, publicity and
    telephone contact. The archivist is an ex officio member of the committee.

    Here is treasurer, Ron Hogg outside the Fishermen’s Rest where the archive held its exhibition as part of theParty on the Pier in March 2012.

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    The Archive also provides exhibition material at annual public events held locally such as the Newlyn Fish Festival and the Party on the Pier (British Tourism) or at one‐off events such as the Passmore Edward Centenary that was held at Newlyn Art Gallery in 2011.

    Here is Jan Ruhrmund the Penzance Mayor signing the visitors book with Pam Lomax (seated) at the Newlyn Fish Festival, August 2010.

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Open Day Review June 2017

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June 2017

On a very warm Saturday, June 16 2017, the archive held its most recent Open Day '100 Years Ago' at Trinity Centre, Newlyn. Much of the Exhibition centred on that year 1917 and the archive had on show material from all three of its archives on Newlyn, Lamorna and West Cornwall Art. The Mousehole Archive was also on hand and there was a board of information about the project to save and renovate the old Newlyn fishing lugger PS 134 Ocean Pride.

The Exhibition celebrated and brought to light the contribution made to World War I by the inhabitants of West Cornwall. The fascinating display included material from the 1917 Newlyn Harbour Log Books; pictures and cuttings of planes in Sandy Cove; the torpedoing of the Newlyn-based fishing boat The Try by a German U-boat; local men in the Duke of Cornwall's light infantry; and stories of local people and artists living in Newlyn and Lamorna in 1917. A particularly interesting item from the archive was a detailed record of Charles Simpson's service for Coastwatch during 1917. Friends of the Archive, Paula Chatsworthy and Jim Hill (who are helping to update the Simpson Archive), were also on hand to show some of their Simpson paintings.

The exhibition was bustling with 140 visitors enjoying the chance to explore events that took place 100 years ago. Our hard-working committee were in attendance helped by other Friends of the Archive on duty at the door to welcome visitors. Brian Newton, who has taken over from Denny Harvey, showed some fascinating archive film including footage of a local farmer and his wife working the land with the traditional plough and two horses as would have been the case 100 years ago. Diane Donohue was busy as ever helping people to identify their family history, and Diane and David Tredinnick and Tom Lodge were raising funds for the archive, the former with their sale of second hand books and the latter (who will be leaving the committee soon) with a very successful raffle for a wonderful framed print of Stanhope Forbes' Seine Boat kindly donated by Bill Royston.

In the morning, members of the Lamorna Society attended including Friend of the Archive David Tovey who has recently written a book about Crosbie Garstin (son of Norman) who was on active service in 1917. Ex-committee member Andrew Gordon was also there with copies of his new book about Alex Forbes (son of Stanhope), who died during WW1. These books can be found on line. As always local people were generous in contributing new material to the archive and we were particularly thrilled with the collection of old photographs that DW Harvey has given us to copy.

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Open Day ‘A Hundred Years Ago’ 17/6/2017

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The Open Day focusses on events that happened 'A Hundred Years Ago' in 1917 and in the years of the Great War. The pen sketch above was done by Swedish artist Rolf Jonssen (1888-1965) while in Pendennis jail on a charge of spying for the enemy during WW1. Rolf was married to Annie Payne (1894-1965) from Newlyn Town who had modelled for artists like Walter Langley. Her father was Horace Payne, a fisherman who owned his own boat and her mother was Annie E Richards. When the couple married about 1911, Rolf's father, who owned a Swedish shipping line, built a house for them. The Chalet in the Ropewalk at Newlyn was based on the Jonssen summer home Saro near Gothenburg.

Unfortunately, in 1915, with the outbreak of war, life took a turn for the worse. The Chalet, where Rolf and Annie lived was in a sensitive position being just above the WW1 Sea plane base at Sandy Cove which hosted Newlyn/Land's End Royal Naval Air Service Station. Rolf was accused of signalling with coloured lights to the enemy and he spent three months in Pendennis Castle before the trial came up and he was proved innocent. It transpired that he had been walking with a torch between rooms in his home which had different coloured curtains. Apparently, Stanhope Forbes had a great deal to do with his defence. Later, Rolf received a Royal pardon, but he and the family left Newlyn vowing never to return.

The Open Day shows archive material about Newlyn and its people in 1917. Did you know that The Try, a trawler working out of Newlyn was sunk in March 1917 by a German submarine, when she was fishing south of the Wolf? On board were the skipper Edward (Ned) Ridge, his son William, son in law Alfred Hurr and another Newlyn boy, Thomas Eddy. Alfred Hurr lived to tell the story and we have pictures of PH 40 The Try to show.

The Open Day also tells the story of the artists from Newlyn and Lamorna (some too old to enlist) who played their parts during the Great War and shows some of the pictures painted during the war.

Most important, for the future move of the Archive to The Admiralty Boathouse, is the story of Newlyn Harbour during the War. The archive is fortunate to hold the Harbour records for the war years and some of this is on display at the Open Day. For example, did you know that the Brigantine Sea Witch sank in the mouth of Newlyn harbour in 1917? That the salvage team for the owners gave up because the wreck was too difficult to remove? That the harbour authorities did not have the men, money or equipment to remove the wreck? Come to the Open Day to hear what happened next!

There will be other events at the Open Day besides the Display Boards and show of old film footage. The Mousehole Archive has a table and a display about Mousehole and Paula and Jim, our experts on Charles Simpson will be bringing some of his work to show.

Most important Shauna will be recording oral testimonies for a film to celebrate the 'official' opening of the Boat House as the new home of the Newlyn Archive in September.

Please download the poster for 'A Hundred Years Ago' Saturday June 17, 2017 10-3.00 by clicking on the PDF file below and saving it to your computer.

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