Rediscovered 100-year old photographs of the Cornish coast on show

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Rediscovered 100-year old photographs of the Cornish coast on show

Mevagissey 100 years ago

Recently discovered early 20th century photographs of popular Cornish scenes are now on show in a temporary exhibition at the National Maritime Museum Cornwall.

The photos of Cornish coastal locations were rescued from a recent house clearance in Kent. Very little is known about their origin, but they are believed to date from about 1912; also, as the pictures had no labels, the owner has researched each location with the help of local people.

Exhibition co-ordinator Milly Newman commented: ‘This has been a real detective’s job trying to locate where these pictures were taken. A lot of the images were taken from the water and one of our volunteers, David Wilson, has been out combing the shores of the Carrick Roads in his boat to find them.’

Not all the locations have been identified, but where they have been have been found, visitors to the show will be given recent images and challenged to match the old with the new.

Rescued Photographs of Old Cornwall will be on show in the Maritime Museum’s temporary exhibition gallery until the end of March.

National Maritime Museum Cornwall

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