Open Day Saturday March 28 2020 – Postponed


Due to unforeseen events we have moved the Newlyn Archive Open Day from Saturday 21/3/2020 to Saturday 28/3/2020. The Open Day is at Trinity Centre from 9.30-3.00. We do hope you can attend.

The Exhibition about ‘Trades to do with Fishing’ will include a historical look at the trades that have operated from Newlyn. The Primary trade has always been fishing, in the past in the beautiful luggers for which Newlyn was justly famous, and post war the great Stevenson trawler fleet. Fishing could not have survived without the disposal of the fish, originally through the jousters and fishwives who hawked their ware from place to place, but as the harbour developed through the numerous fish dealers who operated around the harbour until the fish market was built. We look how the fish were once landed at the Trawl Quay, which was located right in front of where the Boathouse is today. We examine the building of the new Fish Market in 1988.
The Pilchard Industry has always been important to Newlyn although very early the seine boat owners were replaced by the pilchard dealers and Newlyn became a place of pilchard cellars where the pilchards were pressed and prepared for export to Italy on the colourfully named Bird Boats.
At the Open Day you will be able to see some of our vintage film and listen to taped interviews. Our usual archive experts will be available for consultation.
An extra treat for young children is that we have organised some children’s activities, including making a collage. There will be a children/family quiz and The Newlyn Film house has kindly donated a family ticket for the winner of the quiz.

Photo: Remember Shippams pilchard and tomato paste and the canning factory which occupied the distinctly shaped building on Newlyn sea front?