• 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).

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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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Those that Got Away: the Story of Newlyn’s Migrants, February 2014

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The next open Day on Saturday 15 February 2014 10.00-3.00 tells the story of Newlyn's migrants. Some men left to make their fortune and did not get back, leaving behind grieving women and children; others were more successful and were joined by their families to make a better life in the new world; some returned much richer and named their homes after foreign places.

One such man was Joseph Johns Hichens (1866-1924) who built a double fronted granite house called Kenilworth on Buccas Pass, the new road between Newlyn Bridge and Jack Lane. (The photo shows JJ Hichens in later life playing the first wood on Penlee Bowling Green).

The house was named after a place in South Africa called Kenilworth, where Joseph Johns Hichens worked as a young man. As a boy, Joseph lived at Penguin House on St Peters Hill. He came from a long line of fishermen, being the second son of William Hichens, who was master and net owner of the fishing boat Dove. His middle name 'Johns' was his mother's maiden name.

He married Edith Richards from Chapel St in 1889 and some time after the birth of their second son, he joined the diamond rush to South Africa, alongside many other cousin Jacks and Jennies from Cornwall, and became tangled up in the Second Boer War.

He was at the diamond-mining town of Kimberley when it was besieged by the Boers from October 14, 1899 to February 15, 1900. There were at least three men from Newlyn in Kimberley during the siege. Joseph Hichens must have been fairly influential in Kimberley because he managed to send a post office telegram from Kimberley to local fish salesman, BJ Ridge, giving news that self, Harding and Wells had survived the Kimberley siege.

When Joseph returned to Newlyn he was full of the lucrative spoils of his South African adventure and this must have been used to purchase a substantial part of Chirgwin's Orchard, on both sides of the newly built Buccas Pass. He was engaged in a number of property deals leading in November 1905 to submitting plans for the substantial 8-room granite house in Buccas Pass. Hichens named it Kenilworth as a memorial to Cecil Rhodes who was instrumental in organizing the defence of Kimberley and during the long siege had opened his own house, named Kenilworth to his countrymen.

Do come and find out more about JJ Hichens and the many other Newlyners who sought their fortunes abroad.

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Another Successful Open Day

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The Photograph shows Jean Lodge with new member Bob Mason and archivist Pam Lomax looking at some of the duplicate archive material being offered to Friends in exchange for a donation. The Open Day 'Newlyn Art Industries' attracted 152 people and was a huge success. Apart from the usual informative display of text and photographs telling the story of Newlyn's art industries there were also some private collections on display including Newlyn Copper from Betty and Goff Johns, and from Mike Richards, jewellery and enamel from Red Simpson, and pottery from Ann Pilcher.

Chairman's Report

David Tredinnick, Newlyn Archive chairman gave his report to Friends at the Newlyn Archive AGM, held on Saturday after the Open Day. He noted the increase of archive holding over the year and welcomed the increased coverage made available by the new Lamorna section of the archive. He reported that the four open days held in 2013 had made the archive available to 697 visitors. The Open Days had been very popular, he said, and explained that there are no charges for admission, so that it is available to anyone who might want to come. 'We prefer to rely for funds on the people who become Friends of the Archive at £5 per year, and on the sale of our books, Newlyn at War (of which there are only a few left) and Newlyn at School. We will be producing another book next year, Newlyn at Play and we hope that everyone will buy a copy of this.' He ended his report by asking Friends if they had any cine film or video material of events at Newlyn or Lamorna, for the archive to copy as it now had a technical officer whose skills enabled the transfer of audio tape to CD, and old films and videos to DVD. David ended by thanking other committee members for all their hard work, Jerry and his staff at the Centre for their support and all Friends of the Archive for their crucial annual £5 and for their donations of material that made the archive so interesting and worthwhile.

Saturday Night Out

'The tales captivated the audience, whose appreciation was reflected in a steady stream of laughter and rapturous applause'. This is what Andrew Gordon said in his review of the annual Newlyn Archive entertainment that took place at the Newlyn Art Gallery on the Saturday evening of the Open Day. Members of Lowen Group entertained Friends of the Archive with dramatised readings of two Cornish stories written by Randle Hurley, adapted by Goff Johns, and introduced by Les Bailey.

CWOP was a delightfully amusing tale exploring the social etiquette surrounding the prospect of earning a 'divi' at the local Co op. The expectations of new customer Jacka (David Tredinnick) egged-on by his wife (Betty Johns) and aunt (Liz Harman) were soon dashed when Jacka failed to use the correct membership number and his divi was paid into the account of his snobbish neighbour (Diane Tredinnick). Cwop shop staff included butcher (Jerry Drew) and cashier (Margaret Williams).

In Romance the challenges of pursuing a courtship were highlighted when an aging spinster (Liz Harman), aided by her friend and confidante (Betty Johns) set out to trap a 'good' man (Jerry Drew), aided by his close friend (David Tredinnick).