Digital archive of Cornish life opens online

An escaped cow chases Sgt Bill Smith Image copyright Paul Yockney
Image caption An escaped cow chases Sgt Bill Smith at Wheal Dream, Helston in 1980

A photo, film and audio archive documenting Cornish life has been made available online.

The collection of more than 30,000 items, some dating back to 1850, have been donated by professional and amateur photographers.

The project, called Cornish Memory, received £225,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund which was used to create the website and digitise the media.

Organisers plan to add thousands more images over the coming months.

Image copyright Paddy Bradle
Image caption A photograph of Fore Street in St Day in 1900
Image copyright National Maritime Museum Cornwall
Image caption Fishermen with their catch in St Ives in the 1930s

Manager Claire White said the project "relied heavily" on volunteers and the idea came from the fact that numerous collections were not accessible to the public.

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."

Ms White said she was in conversation with the Heritage Lottery Fund for further grants and was searching for alternative funding to help pay for the project in the future.

Image copyright National Maritime Museum Cornwall
Image caption People in Falmouth inspecting a shark's teeth in the 1960s
Image copyright Kingsway Series
Image caption Boscawen Street in Truro in the 1890s

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