Main Archive

The image is from a postcard published by Harvey Barton & Son showing PZ 665 Daisy moored at the bottom of the Norrad Slip. (Archive reference 1092). The houses and shops of Newlyn Town are visible on the Cliff. In the distance men lean over the cliff above Newlyn Slip which marked the beginning of the Narrows where the road was no wider than a carriage with houses on either side. In the Narrows was another slip leading down to the Old Quay. Beyond this and visible in the distance is Green slip which led down to the South Pier.

The general archive catalogue is based on a digital database that is divided into eight main subject categories: places, maritime, fish trade, war, school, family, sport and leisure. Each item in the catalogue is given a unique number. The items include bills of sale, biographies, books, cards, catalogues, census data, certificates, cuttings, deeds, descriptions, estimates, family trees, film clips, guidebooks, indentures, invoices, leaflets, leases, letters, lists, logs, magazines, manifests, memories, manuscripts, maps, newsletters, newspapers, notes, notices, offprints, permits, photos, plans, poems, posters, programmes, receipts, recordings, reports and theses. These items are held in the archive in digital form as documents, photos and PDF files; on cassettes, CDs, databases and DVDs; or in paper form in display books, files and portfolios. The general archive catalogue does not include newspaper cuttings which have a separate database and are filed by date.


Audio

Audio

The Audio Archive is a collection of recorded interviews and other material, some dating back thirty years or more.

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Events

Events

Extreme weather conditions are only part of this collection of material about major events in Newlyn. It also includes historic events such as the Spanish Raid of 1595, the cholera outbreak of the 1830s and the Newlyn Riots of 1896, and more recent major events such as Royal Visits.

The catalogue is set out by the date of the event.

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Family

Family

The section in the catalogue about the Family contains photographs and documents to do with family history, particularly family trees. It is organized by surname

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Film

Film

The Film Archive is an eclectic mix of old newsreel, home video, feature films and documentaries with a focus on Newlyn, Lamorna and West Cornwall Art.  

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Fishtrade

Fishtrade

The section in the catalogue about the fish trade contains items about the early fish sales on the beach and the hawkers and fishwives who sold the fish.

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HM  Archive

HM Archive

The Harbour Master’s Archive is one of the great treasures of the Newlyn Archive. It is the collection of records kept by the Harbour Masters at Newlyn since they first took up in 1884.

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Leisure

Leisure

The section deals with fairs, fetes and outings; celebrations (like the Band of Hope Galas); parties, concerts, pantomimes; clubs such as the British Legion, the Boy Scouts, Sea Scouts and Rover Scouts and much more.

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Maritime

Maritime

The section of the catalogue about maritime matters includes photos and documents about coastguards, lifeboats, rocket wagons and shipwrecks.

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Organisations

Organisations

The headings include the British Legion, the Newlyn Environment Group, Girl Guides, the Girls Friendly Society, the Newlyn Association, the Salvation Army, Boy Scouts and Sea Scouts.

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Places

Places

The section in the catalogue about Place lists historic and recent material from the archive about the old villages of Newlyn Town, Street-an-Nowan (including Fradgan) and Tolcarne (including the Coombe), as well as material about the uplong areas of Chywoone Hill, Bellevue and Gwavas, and the outlying villages.

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PZ Fishing Boat List

PZ Fishing Boat List

The PZ Fishing Boat database is a store of information about PZ boats that is frequently updated by volunteer Linda Holmes

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School

School

The section in the catalogue about Schools contains information and school pictures from the earliest Dame Schools run in private homes to the more formal schools provided later.

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Sport

Sport

We have very good material about Newlyn Rugby Football Club in the Sports section of the archive as Phil Westren has allowed us to copy the club’s archives for the Newlyn archive. The Sports section also contains information and photographs about a number of different sports including water sports and bowls. It includes photos, pamphlets, programmes and accounts of sportsmen and women.

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War

War

The section in the catalogue about War contains entries about the two world wars including information on bombing, evacuees, the homeguard, refugees, war heroes, war graves, war memorials, war rations, war ships, and WW1 women drivers.

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