• friends of the Newlyn Archive

    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

    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.

  • 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.

  • Jan Ruhrmund

    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.

  • 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 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.

  • 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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'When the Lights went Out' November 8, 2014

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The photo was taken by George Stevenson Curnow (b1887) and shows naval personnel enjoying a tug of war on Newlyn Green during a respite from combat duties. This is one of many fascinating pictures on display at the next Newlyn Archive Open Day on Saturday November 8 2014 from 9.30-3.00 at Trinity Centre Newlyn. The postcards showing Fleets of Peace and War in Mounts Bay before WW1 indicate the strategic importance of Newlyn and its coast during times of war. The Royal Flying Corps had a base at Sandy Cove during WW1 and there are photos of the ancient aircraft and their personnel from that time.

Women played their part. The Women Volunteer Motor Drivers (WVMD) was started in 1918 to enhance members' driving skills to the standard where they would be acceptable to the Red Cross and other branches of national service. Phyllis Maureen Doherty, the daughter of the artists Thomas and Caroline Gotch (later the Marquise de Verdieres) started the movement. Another woman who played a key role was Charlotte Douglas Lockhart McGrigor whose sister's memorial stands at the top off the Norrad slip.

The artists played their part during WW1, the older ones forming the Artists Rifles as part of the home guard.

There were also conscientious objectors who were often given a hard time by villagers whose sons were dying in the trenches.

With Remembrance Sunday the following day, 'When the Lights went Out' is a timely display of wartime Newlyn. In WW2 Belgian fishermen kept the fishing going when the Newlyn fishermen and their boats were requisitioned for the war effort. During this time Newlyn acted host to the French and Belgians under the watchful eye of the French Consular Agent.

At home the women, children and older men suffered bombs, blackouts and shortages of war-time and were equally heroic.

The Open Day will conclude with an AGM at 3pm. In the evening there will be a talk by Andrew Gordon entitled 'Sending Saffron to Tommy' about the sights and sounds of war, the arrival of the military and how it changed lives. This will be held at Newlyn Art Gallery which will be open for drinks from 6pm with the lecture starting promptly at 7pm. The lecture is free to friends of the archive but others will have to pay £5 and become friend in order to attend.

Do download the poster!

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Review of Open Day 2-3 October 2014

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Margaret Follows has managed a project with children from Newlyn School on the theme of Newlyn at Play. This resulted in an outing to Wheal Betsy in June when the children learned about the painter TC Gotch and his treatment of Chinese Lanterns, and a visit to the recent Open Day at Trinity Centre where they did a quiz and this photo was taken.

The recent Open Day on October 4-5 was the culmination of the project for which we have received funding this year which we called 'When Newlyners Walked to Lamorna', really a metaphorical title to indicate the integration of the Lamorna Society Archive with the Newlyn Archive. Thanks must go to the following organisations for the funding: Heritage Lottery (£3000), Co-operative Membership Community Fund (£500), Cornwall 100 Club (£500), Cornwall Council (£300), Q Fund (£250), Lamorna Society (£250), WH Lane & Sons (£150), and Penzance Council (£100).

The Open Day was a two-day event, with extended hours on the Friday, being open from 10am until 7pm so that members of the Lamorna Society in the area for their AGM could attend. There was also a lecture at 7.30 given by Pam Lomax with the assistance of Anne Forrest and Margaret Follows (both members of the Lamorna Society and Friends of the Newlyn Archive) and Ron Hogg. We had 122 visitors to the Exhibition on Friday as well as the 40 or so people who looked at the exhibition before attending the lecture on Friday evening.

On Saturday the exhibition was open from 10am to 3pm. Jerry Drew provided some much appreciated Cornish pasties for people around at lunch time, and we had 83 visitors though the door; so all in all 245 people saw the exhibition.

The exhibition was about Newlyn at Play with displays including galas, carnivals, water sports, rugby, choirs, amateur dramatics and many other festive activities but the prime position went to the Good Friday walk to Lamorna. Anne Forrest did most of the research for this project, interviewing people in Lamorna and Newlyn and asking others to contribute written memories. Most of the people she met also allowed the archive to copy photos and documents so that we have expanded both the Newlyn and Lamorna sections of the archive as a result.

We had many first time visitors to an Archive Open Day as a result of the publicity; one lady was disappointed not to find her memories of the Good Friday walk on a display board but over the moon when she found her husband's father in one of the choir photographs.

The other important event of the Open Day was the launch of the third of our series of Archive books, Newlyn at Play which includes some of the material shown at the exhibition and much else besides. The book covers the period from the end of the nineteenth century until the immediate post war years and includes a section on the Good Friday walk to Lamorna. It costs £8 and all the proceeds go towards the archive. We should have it available to purchase from the website at any time now.