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Review of Open Day, 11/4/2015

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We were delighted to see the 127 people at the Open Day on 'Farming, a Forgotten Trade' on Saturday 11 April. There were many new faces and it is good to know that the message about the subject of the open days is reaching such a wide audience.

Two visitors from outside the area were particularly delighted with the displays and told Andrew Gordon, 'There was so much to see and read. We really needed a second visit'. They thought that it was really helpful to have pads and pens available so that they could make notes. They were able to discover many interesting pieces of information which they were keen to pass on to relatives and friends. It was, they concluded, 'wonderful!' Although they no longer live locally, their family once lived and worked in Mousehole and Newlyn.

Another welcome visitor was Jim Hosking, whose books 'People & Places in Paul Parish' and 'People, Places & Past Events in St Buryan' were important sources of information on the topic of our exhibition. He was able to tell some interesting stories about some of the events illustrated in the displays.

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For the archivist, Pam Lomax the most rewarding moment was when Gerald Williams found that the missing name on the photo of potato pickers at Lower Trembath Farm was that of his mother Vera Williams! This missing information has now been added.

The next exhibition looks like being a really interesting event so please put the date in your diary and come along. Saturday 18 July 2015, 10am-3.00 pm. 'When the Quarry Guns sounded' Main Hall, Trinity Centre, Chywoone Hill

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Review of Open Day held on 7/2/2015

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Above: Friends of the archive Diane Donohue and Douglas Williams having a chat at the last Open Day. Diane is helping people find out about their family history. Douglas has donated a large number of taped interviews to the archive which are being copied from tape to new format MP3s and we have a number of people transcribing them (including Diane).

Our first open day of 2015 was Love and Marriage in a Fishing Village held appropriately on Saturday 7 February, just a week before Valentine's Day! It attracted 122 visitors and we were delighted to see a good number of young people amongst them. Most people came in the morning (there was rugby on TV in the afternoon) when there was a pleasing buzz of activity with much interest shown by the visitors in both the displays and the large collection of archive files on family history available to look at. Folk were able to enjoy a drink and a chat with old and new friends and at lunch time purchase a very nice pasty. Your committee members were all very busy: Denny had some appropriate music to play; Pete Joseph was kept busy scanning photos and documents that people had brought for the archive; Amanda had made some amazing cakes to sell; Jean did well on the raffle and the rest of us circulated and tried to answer visitor's queries.

Our next open day called 'Farming the forgotten trade' is on Saturday 11 April 2015. If you have any ideas or material we can use please make contact.

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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'.

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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.

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Leisure

Written by Pete. Posted in Newlyn Archive News

Carnivals became a regular feature of Newlyn life after the Perkin Warbeck Pageant of 1906, which was part of a wider set of seaside pageants and involved most members of the community from the fish dealers and fishermen, to the artist community and other residents of Newlyn. 'Newlyn Pirates' was one of the carnival floats in1938, the last Newlyn carnival before world war two. The nine men dressed as pirates with a Union Jack include Bry Paul, Arthur Harvey, Frank Rowe, Tommy Thomas, Andrew Harvey, Billy Stevenson, Jacky Cocks and Thornton Trahair. It is not surprising that carnivals became popular in the twentieth century as in the nineteenth century the most important holidays were celebrated with the Galas arranges by the church and chapels of Newlyn and took place alongside Sunday school tea treats and other celebrations. These Galas were painted by the Newlyn artists; Frank Bramley also painted the actual banner used in the Primitive Methodist Band of Hope parades that were part of their Gala Day. Choirs were also part of church and chapel activities; later the Newlyn Male Voice Choir was formed, sadly disbanded in 2014 after more than three quarters of a century of singing. There were Regattas in Mount's Bay, in which the fishermen masters of the old luggers excelled, and the Newlyn Harbour Sports which included swimming, rowing and lots of fun events. On land there were fairs and other festivities, and the all important Newlyn Rugby team whose home ground was St Goulders Field. Click on the PDF file below to explore what is in the archive about Leisure in Newlyn.

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Belonging to be, July 2014

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Above: Diane Donohue and Denny Harvey were available to assist those who wished to explore their own family histories and were able to offer valuable advice and encouragement which was much appreciated.

Review by Andrew Gordon

On Saturday July 19 2014, The Newlyn Archive held another of its popular Open Days at Trinity Centre. The fascinating displays portraying entertainment, local businesses, and notable local figures offered an exciting opportunity for the 147 visitors to discover how the spirit of Newlyn is reflected in the lives and work of villagers past and present. Information and photographs of the Gaiety Cinema, the Leper Colony at Wherrytown, St Peter's Church, and The Lamorna Inn were on display, along with those of several families, including the Peakes, the Curnows, the Harveys, the Stevensons and the Lach-Szyrmas. Images revealing the once thriving stone quarry at Penlee brought back memories of mid day explosions, heavy lorries pounding through The Narrows and the seemingly endless stream of little trains carrying stone to waiting cargo ships on the South pier.

Pete Joseph was on hand to scan new material teased out of attics and cupboards by proud families and friends. A particularly exciting 'new' discovery was a medal created to celebrate the opening of the South pier in 1885. Trinity's Ebb and Flow project provided a delightful opportunity for visitors wishing to 'Spread a little Newlyn Sunshine' by recording their thoughts on the petals of a giant sunflower. They found out that the most frequently expressed view about improvement at Newlyn was that the South Pier should be re-opened to the public! David and Diane's extensive book sale was, as ever, a focus for booklovers and successfully raised much needed additional funds for the future of the Archive.

On a hot, sultry July Saturday it was encouraging to see so many visitors attending the exhibition and enjoying the refreshments provided by Gerry and his team. The considerable amount of work undertaken by Pam in preparing displays and planning the day ensured that the room buzzed with countless animated conversations as anecdotes were shared. The Archive succeeded in reflecting the true spirit of Newlyn's proud past and present.

Below: Visitors enjoyed Maurice Bishop's wonderful collection of photographs, most of which have been copied for the archive.

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