• 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.

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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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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).

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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.

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Where the Artists Lived in Newlyn and Lamorna, 2-3 October 2015

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The ink and watercolour sketch of fisherman William Henry Tonkin by an unknown artist shows him sitting on the window seat at his cottage at Gwavas Terrace reading a paper. He looks very comfortable. The Tonkins cottage would have had a good fire and William would have had his bit of 'bacca' each week and a nice comfortable chair to rest on. This was an important respite to compensate for his long periods at sea.

The Tonkins' cottage was rather larger than the other cottages in the Terrace, and as William and his wife Annie were childless, there was room for lodgers. It was one of the first cottages to attract artists, despite there being no running water, sanitation that relied on the night soil cart, and light from a paraffin lamp or candles.

Caroline Burland Yates first stayed there in 1879, and when she married Thomas Cooper Gotch, it was the Gotches main lodging house up until 1887 when they rented the Malt House. Stanhope Forbes stayed there when he first came to Newlyn in 1884. Walter Langley painted at least three pictures in its linhay.

This is one of a number of houses in Newlyn and Lamorna that are explored in the next Newlyn Archive Open Day 'Where the Artists Lived in Newlyn and Lamorna'. The Open Day is at Trinity Centre, Newlyn on Friday 2/10/2015, 2pm-7pm and Saturday 3/10/2015, 10am-3pm. It focuses on the early artist colony and their houses, their landlords and the folk whom they painted, which is now part of art history.

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Open Day & Community Award July 2015

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The photograph shows Margaret Follows, Sue Hampshire (Chair of CAHG), Anne Forrest and Julia Nash (Friend of the Archive) on the occasion of the presentation of the award for Inspiration to the Newlyn Archive at the Community Archive & Heritage Group Conference at University College London on July 15 2015.

The Newlyn Archive Open Day on Saturday 18 July 2015 'When the Quarry Guns Sounded' was a great success with 146 visitors. Our rather depleted group of helpers did a sterling job with Jean Lodge taking on the job of organising the day and running the raffle, Ann Pilcher helped by Judith Porter on the door, Andrew Gordon selling second hand books, Diane Donohue helping with family research, Denny Harvey showing some amazing film footage, Pam Lomax sorting out archive queries, and David Tredinnick, Linda Holmes, Tom Lodge and Ron Hogg helping visitors around the space.

Two of our committee members not on duty that day (and shown in the photo above) had in the previous week been in London to pick up an award from the Community Archive & Heritage Group for the Newlyn Archive being the 'Most Inspirational Archive and Heritage Group of 2014'. We had been asked not to publicise this until after the awards were announced at the Conference held at University College London on July 15th. So it was announced to Friends and visitors to our Open Day three days later.

Pam Lomax had entered the Newlyn Archive into the competition earlier in the year. Her entry outlined the work done by the archive in the year leading up to the exhibition, 'Newlyn at Play: When Newlyners Walked to Lamorna Cove' held on Friday and Saturday 3-4 October 2014. She described Friday morning openings at Trinity Centre where visitors share information, donate material or consult the archive; the importance of the website which encourages information to be exchanged by email, letter or telephone so that the resources of the archive are shared with the widest community possible; the books on local history themes that are periodically published by the archive; the popular Open Days held 4 or 5 times each year with 125-225 visitors attending, when there are films, photographic displays, competitions and activities in which old and young can participate and become involved with the archive.

Most appropriately Anne Forrest made the presentation for the Newlyn Archive which included a slide show; as President of the Lamorna Society, she has been closely involved with the integration of their archive with the Newlyn Archive and has personally been responsible for new research and bringing new material (and new Friends) into the archive. Supporting Anne was Margaret Follows who is the Newlyn Archive's link person with Newlyn School and has conducted a number of projects with the children including two in 2014.

This is what Anne had to say about the conference: 'The speakers and award winners' presentations were fascinating and inspirational in their diversity. This year, CAHG's keyword was 'community' and our entry impressed the judges by our bringing together two communities, Newlyn and Lamorna. Our entry won the category for 'Most Inspirational Archive and Heritage Group of 2014'.

See the link with the Community Archives website which has been added to our links. This includes a report on the award the archive received.