Help here would be welcome.
Newlyn at War, Thursday June 24 2010 10am – 6pm
We are planning our next open day at Trinity Centre for the middle of the Golowan Festival Week. The date has been chosen because June-July 2010 is the seventieth anniversary of the Free French movement, when French people fled to England, many by boat to Newlyn. You may have seen the reports in the Cornishman on 25/2/2010 and 11/3/2010. There was a lovely photo of the Maria Stella, which brought the Free French to Newlyn in 1940. Another boat, the Corbeau des Mers played a similar role and she is still sailed by the Breton Museum of the Resistance. We have some stories about the fishing boats and their crews during the war, can you add to these stories?
To mark this seventieth anniversary, a number of boats will set sail from the French side of the channel arriving at Newlyn between June 22 and July 20, 2010 to commemorate the anniversary.
Breton and Belgian families stayed in many Newlyn homes for the duration of the war, and many friendships were formed that continue today. The war is still very much alive in the folk memories of Newlyn people so that the open day at the archive provides an opportunity for everyone to share their stories and memorabilia as well as for the archive to expand its resources in this very important area of Newlyn history.
It is up to us to see what we can do on this side of the water to celebrate the anniversary. So far, events have been planned in Penzance but nothing in Newlyn. Please help us rectify this, as the arrival of the Free French is an important event in Newlyn’s history
We are inviting Friends to participate in the open day at this very early planning stage, so that it is the best archive event yet.
Have you any suggestions about films, photographic displays, competitions and activities that we could plan for the Day?
Do you have any photographs, letters, newspapers, stories or anything to do with Newlyn at War?
We are interested in domestic life during the war as well as the heroic activities of our fishermen, sailors, soldiers, airmen and homeguard. The exhibition is stimulated by the arrival of the Free French in WW2 but it will also celebrate all aspects of war and all the wars that have affected Newlyn and its people.
Do get in touch and let us have your ideas.
Pam Lomax, for the Newlyn Archive Steering Group, March 26, 2010
Newlyn Archive, Trinity Centre, Chywoone Hill TR18 5AP
Telephone 01736 364537