A PROJECT set up to integrate the West Cornwall Art Archive into the Newlyn Archive and make its contents available to a wider audience has received much-needed funding to support it over the coming year. The Newlyn Archive, which operates the project, has been given £3,000 by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) as well as £1750 from the Trustees of the old West Cornwall Archive and £250 from local benefactors.
The West Cornwall Art Archive is a collection of documents related to the history of art and artists in Newlyn and other areas of West Cornwall. Formerly housed at the Hypatia Trust, it was officially handed to the Newlyn Archive in April 2012. Volunteers from the 200-strong Friends of the Newlyn Archive are sorting through the material, contained in 60 boxes and a number of filing cabinets, and listing it for integration with existing archival material about Newlyn’s rich art history.
Some of the material will be displayed on the new Newlyn Archive website which will be up and running by November. Other material from this rich source will be used as part of the exhibition planned for the Archive Open Day on November 17 2012 at Trinity Centre, ‘The Shops that Grandma Used and the Pubs where Grandpa Drank’.
The Archive Committee is expecting a record 300 people to attend this Open Day, which will contain work by local school children who will be exploring their local history and its place in the wonderful art works produced by the old Newlyn School of Artists and the more recent Art Community of Newlyn.
Archivist Pam Lomax, who will deliver a series of public lectures as part of the project, said: ‘We are delighted with the amount of interest shown, the new information about Shops of the past that the local community is providing, and the tremendous opportunities that are emerging to link this with the new art archive material.’
Commenting on the grant award Richard Bellamy, HLF’s Acting Head of South West, said: ‘The work of the Newlyn artists has left a unique record of the life of Cornish fishing communities around the turn of the 19th century. Through this new project, the volunteers from the Newlyn Archive are throwing light on the work of these artists and their sources of inspiration, ensuring that they will continue to be valued and appreciated into the future’. ENDS Picture: Melissa Hardie from the West Cornwall Art Archive officially hands over the archive to David Tredinnick, Chairman of the Newlyn Archive.