Photo, Film and Audio Archive of Historic Cornwall Goes Live

If, like me, you spent your childhood exploring all corners of the county during your holidays in Cornwall, you might be interested to hear of a Cornwall digital archive that has just gone live.

The photo, film and audio archive documents Cornwall’s rich history, from back in the Victorian days to the present day.

Cornish Memory Looe | John Fowler Cornwall Holiday Parks

“The Beach, East Looe, c1960,” cornishmemory.com, accessed November 25, 2015, http://cornishmemory.com/item/FRO_2_035.

Named Cornish Memory, the website now has more than 31,000 items and that number’s expected to grow by many more thousands over the coming months.

The Cornish Memory archive was put together after a Heritage Lottery Fund grant of £225,000.

Cornish Memory Manager, Claire White, stressed that the campaign relied heavily on volunteers and it came about from the previous lack of access to such collections. She said: “We wanted to bring the various collections together to make it available.”

“We started work on the project in 2012 and still have thousands to add,” added Ms White.

Discussions are now being held with the Heritage Lottery Fund for further grants, aiming to secure the project for years to come.

I’ve had a look myself and there are magnificent images of some familiar locations close to our holiday parks in Cornwall, take a look yourselves.