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The Newlyn Archive receives support from the C100 Club

10 June 2014

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The Newlyn Archive received £500 funding from the Cornwall Community Foundation’s business arm towards arranging a two-day event including a major exhibition and lecture. Scott Bentley, from Cornwall 100 Club member Francis Clark, visited the project to present the cheque.

The Newlyn Archive is a collection of material including digital material about Newlyn and surrounding areas. The purpose of the archive is to collect, preserve, store and share written, pictorial and oral materials relating to the history of Newlyn and surrounding areas.

Pam Lomax, Secretary of the Newlyn Archive said “We are very pleased to have been given the award from the Cornwall 100 Club as it has meant that we achieved our target for matched funding towards a £3000 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund”.

The Newlyn Archive was set up in 2010 and originally contained material about Newlyn and its artists. At the end of 2012 the Newlyn Archive acquired the West Cornwall Art Archive, a huge collection of material about aspects of West Cornwall’s Art History, past and present. In 2013, it was agreed that The Lamorna Archive would be amalgamated with the Newlyn Archive. The Lamorna Archive which was set up when the Lamorna Society was formed in 1997 contains material about Lamorna and its artists. A major task of the new project is to re-classify the art-related material from the three archives into a separate Art Archive.

Alongside this technical aspect, the aim is to bring the archive to a larger audience and to involve more people in the ongoing creation of the archive. To do this the theme 'When Newlyners walked to Lamorna on Good Friday' has been chosen to engage both Newlyn and Lamorna communities in research about this and related events. The project involves copying and transcribing old films, tapes and documents, recording people's memories, involving people in the production of a new book and a two day event in October to be held at Trinity Centre that will bring together Friends of the Newlyn Archive, Members of the Lamorna Society and the general public.

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