• 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.

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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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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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    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.

  • 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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Happy New Year 2015

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(above) Fundraising group, 5/11/1953. The Smugglers Loft Club raised money for British Empire Cancer Fund by organising a massive November 5 Bonfire with a 12ft Smuggler Guy. The people in the photo include Douglas Williams, Gerald Ninnis, Annette Wilyer, Vaughan Pender, Horton Bolitho, Ken Walker, John Peake, Barbara Jewell, Phyllis Peters, and Graham Paul (Douglas Williams Collection).

The committee of the Newlyn Archive for 2015 say Happy New Year to all our Friends. 2014 was a tremendous year for the archive and thanks go to the support of its Friends and that important annual fiver they pay. This year the funds were increased to provide for an increase in archive holdings and the publication of our new book, Newlyn at Play, by the generosity of the Cooperative Community Fund, Cornwall 100 Club, Cornwall Council, Heritage Lottery Fund, Penzance Council, the Q Fund, and WH Lane and Sons. The £5000 raised has been spent and accounted for to the satisfaction of the funders, so we are all clear for another project in 2015. Do send us any ideas you have for this. We have also been given a tremendous amount of new material this year. The photo above is one example. Do look at the updated catalogues for other examples.

The first Open Day is upon us in under three weeks, on February 7th when we are looking at Love and Marriage in a Fishing Village – quite a challenging subject for an archive – so it is great that we have some very competent family historians amongst our Friends. The poster for this will be available in a few days but in the meantime here is a reminder about the Open Days planned for 2015.

Newlyn Archive Programme of Open Days 2015

Saturday 7 February 2015, 10am-3.30 pm. 'Love and Marriage in a Fishing Village'. Main Hall, Trinity Centre, Chywoone Hill

Saturday 11 April 2015, 10am-3.30 pm. 'Farming the forgotten trade'. Main Hall, Trinity Centre, Chywoone Hill

Saturday 18 July 2015, 10am-3.30 pm. 'When the Quarry Guns sounded'. Main Hall, Trinity Centre, Chywoone Hill.

Friday 2 October, 1pm-7pm and Saturday 3 October 2015, 10am-3.30 pm. 'Where the artists lived and painted'. Main Hall, Trinity Centre, Chywoone Hill

and on Friday evening 2 October 7pm-8.30pm. Lecture 'Where the artists lived and painted' by Pam Lomax. Wheal Betsy Room, Trinity Centre, Chywoone Hill

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When the Lights Went Out: Wartime Newlyn November 2014

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The last Open Day of 2014 was a huge success with 169 visitors enjoying the exhibition of wartime photographs and memorabilia from Newlyn Archive.

The main display focussed on the two great wars of 1914-1918 and 1939-1945 with many Newlyn families represented in both conflicts. Amongst these was the Harvey family represented by five generations of men and women! Although fewer women were represented in the armed forces, they played their part in both world wars and certainly bore the brunt of the responsibility 'when the lights went out' at home.

Alongside the display we were able to offer the considerable expertise of Denny Harvey and Pete Joseph who manned the scanner and internet link, the latter enabling people to search some of the war time records to find family information. David Tredinnick also had a wide selection of interesting second hand books to sell alongside our usual archive classics. We also had a raffle and Mrs Evans was the lucky person to win the beautiful framed print of Walter Langley's 'Between the Tides'. Best of all was the amazing selection of cakes made by Amanda Thompson and her mum to raise funds for the archive.

When the Open Day ended the AGM took place and in the evening to round off the year's events we had the usual entertainment for Friends at the Newlyn Gallery. This was the informative and hilarious 'Sending Saffron to Tommy', written and presented by Andrew Gordon about Newlyn during the First World War. There was some great interaction between the master of ceremonies and the audience, some of whom had been inveigled to take part in the presentation. The audience found the event most enjoyable and great fun although at times they felt the pathos of events and were reminded of the tragedy of war.

The AGM Entertainment was a fitting end to what has been momentous year for the archive with tremendous success on all fronts. We have had grants in excess of £5000 which have boosted the content of the archive enormously and also enabled us to improve the storage and display of items. The funding has also underwritten the production of our new book, Newlyn at Play and we hope that sales from this will keep the archive afloat comfortably in the coming year.

Let me remind you about what we have in the three sections of the archive. There are 1448 items listed in the Art Archive. You will remember that this was increased drastically by the incorporation of the West Cornwall Art Archive last year and this year we have integrated the art section from the Lamorna Archive.

In the Lamorna section of the Archive we have 1320 items. This was boosted at the last open day, 'When Newlyners Walked to Lamorna' which encouraged a number of people to come forward with new material.

The Newlyn Archive continues to grow even though we have moved material to do with Lamorna and Art into the other two sections. We have 5090 items catalogued. Many of these are collections rather than single items.

We have a considerable collection of newspaper cuttings that are all listed on a searchable data base. We also have a library containing 286 books, a film library with 55 films and a new audio library with 23 recordings. The latter is a new venture and we have started to copy and transcribe audio tapes that are significant to the history of Newlyn or Lamorna.

Next year we will have 4 open days and we are trying some new topics so please help us out. On February 7 2015 (in anticipation of Valentine's Day) is 'Love and Marriage in a Fishing Village'; on April 11 2015, is 'Farming the Forgotten Trade'; on July 18 2015, is 'When the Quarry Guns Sounded'; and on October 2-3 2015 (two days), is 'Where the artists lived in Newlyn & Lamorna'.