The Lamorna Society Events

The Lamorna Society has planned three weekends of events for 2019. 


Spring Weekend -  29-31 March 2019 - Dedham, Suffolk. This is a major exhibition marking the 60th anniversary of the death of Sir Alfred Munnings KCVO PRA.


Summer Weekend -  June - dates and programme tbc


AGM Weekend - September - dates and programme tbc


Dedham Weekend - 29-31 March 2019


Friday 29 March

PM. Arrive Holiday Inn Colchester (2miles from Dedham)


6.30pm  Meet in bar


7.00pm  Informal meal in hotel restaurant


David Evans - Viewing of film 'A Swell of the Soil - The Life of Alfred Munnings', Anglia Television, in hotel conference room


Saturday 30 March

10.30am:  Arrival and coffee at the The Munnings Museum Cafe, Castle House



11.00am:  Into the Museum for tour of exhibition - 'Behind the Lines: Alfred Munnings

                 War Artist, 1918


12.30pm:  Lunch in the Museum Cafe


2.00pm:    Talk by David Evans - 'The Life of Alfred MUnnings', at the Dutchy Barn in

                 Dedham village


3.00pm:    Tea/Coffee


3.30pm      Time to explore Dedham


6.30-7.00pm:   Evening Meal, Boathouse Restaurant, Dedham 


Sunday 31 March


10.00am     Circular Walk Dedham to Flatford NT


12.00pm     Lunch Tea-Room Flatford NT


PM              Depart for home


Download below The Letter to Members,  Programme & Booking Form

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Archive Open Days 2019


The Open Days are held at Trinity Centre, Chywoone Hill, Newlyn, in the main hall where there is an exhibition and other material to review related to the theme of the exhibition.


23 March 2019

From the Balcony to the Lighthouse

This Open Day explores the history of the area of Newlyn Town South that stretches in an almost straight line from the Balcony (once the Navy Inn where the press gangs worked), past Upper and Lower Green Street, to the old slip that led to Hoskings's Sail Loft. This was before the South Pier was built with its two lighthouses and internationally famous Tidal Observatory. Now an artist occupies the Hosking properties and below him is Harvey's Crab Tank, but the second lighthouse and the Tidal Observatory are still there and were listed in 2018 as part of our Cornish Heritage.

15 June 2019

The Shops that have Come and Gone

Can you help identify the shops that have been and gone in Newlyn? Once there was Elsie Baker, grocer in Jack Lane; Barron's newsagents in the Strand; Edwards, grocer on the corner of St Peter's Hill;Jelbert, ice-cream parlour in the Strand; J Reseigh's Grocer's shop on the old Quay Slip...and many others.

Maud's on the corner of Trewarveneth and Fore Street was a hub of activity during the war, a place where the women met to gossip and exchange coupons. Miss Maud Thomas who lived at Primrose Terrace had stepped into fill a gap when the previous shop girl, Phyllis Chiffers, had eloped suddenly with a fisherman!

21 September 2019

Great Voyages that started at Newlyn

2020 will be the 400th anniversary of the sailing of the Mayflower to America in 1620.

Did she stop at Newlyn to pick up fresh water because there was cholera at Plymouth? John Pollard of Newlyn kept a journal from 1794-1795, when his voyage aboard The Lark was rudely interrupted by the 44 gun Permoney and he was taken prisoner by the French. Henry Kelynack also kept a personal log of his voyage, on the schooner Queen of the West, from Penzance to Buenos Aires in 1851-1852. There is an account of 'crossing the line' when the cook 'skimmed the cuppers' and found himself 'in the latitude of pea soup and salt water'. Only two years later in 1854, the  Mystery left Newlyn for Australia, reaching Melbourne on 14 March 1855 after a journey of 11,800 nautical miles (21,900km).

12 October 2019

The Sports that put Newlyn into the Limelight

Water sports and rugby must vie with each other when it comes to sports that put Newlyn in the limelight. From the earliest times when the luggers that won The Mount Bay Races came from Newlyn to more recent acclaim when Helen Glover, our Olympic heroine, water sports have featured in the wider news. Similarly with Newlyn Rugby. They played their home games on the side of a mountain which might have helped their many successes against unsuspecting opponents. Certainly Newlyn had an uncanny knack of beating Penzance

Another local sport was bowling. The first wood on Penlee Bowling Green was played by JJ hichens in 1919, the year the club was formed and so the exhibition celebrates its centenary







Saturday 13 October 10.00am - 3.00pm

'Families that were the Backbone of Our Town' 

It has been very difficult to select material to feature in this Newlyn Archive Open Day Exhibition because so many families have been the backbone of our towns, Newlyn and Lamorna. We have selected material from large collections that have been given to the archive about particular families. Thanks go to the donors of this material.

Alongside the exhibition there will be our collection of family files for you to look at and our family expert Diane Donohue to consult. You can also see the remarkable film sequences that Brian Newton has put together for this occasion about family life and community. Roger Nowel will feature along with the Le Grice family, a wedding in the Cornish language, and much more. You can also listen to some of the tapes we have in the archive made by people featured in the Exhibition. All this is possible because of the new equipment that the archive has been able to purchase through the generosity of the Cooperative Society who have raised a remarkable £2000+ for us.


Saturday 16 June 2018 10.00am - 3.00pm

'Getting There and Getting Back'

The wide range of photographs showed how goods and people came and left Newlyn. There were some particularly fine photographs of the railway from the quarry to the South Pier taking the granite to the Stoneboats to be transported further (the quarry railway ceased operating in 1973). The North Pier, in contrast, was for the fish dealers; the fish (particularly pilchards) was brought there to be exported by the ‘Bird’ boats to Italy. In earlier days before the new piers were built, the Luggers had taken the fish to the traders on the beach. Many interesting photographs were on display of the fishwives, with their cowls, and the traders, with their horse and carts, on the beach ready to transport the fish further afield. There was also a board devoted to Stanhope Forbes recollections of first coming to Newlyn, with copies of relevant paintings from the art archive collection, and a board of ‘getting there and getting back’ to and from Lamorna that had details of the Good Friday walk, started in time immemorial. 





Saturday 24 March 10.00am-3.00pm

Rescue at Sea

This is an apt topic for the first Open Day of 2018, as the Archive's permanent home is in the Admiralty Boathouse, 23 The  Strand, Newlyn, which was built for the Admiralty in 1900, as a Coastguard's Boathouse. In fact, it seems it  was never used as a boathouse but became the home of the Rocket Wagon, which went to the rescue of the crews of boats in distress. At this Open Day we explore historic shipwrecks around West Cornwall, and particularly the involvement of the lifeboats which were stationed at Wherrytown, Penzance and Newlyn from 1865 until today.


Saturday 16 June 10.00am-3.00pm

Getting There and Back, transporting goods and people

This Open Day looks at the role of transport in enabling business to progress. How did the fish that was landed get to peoples' tables? How did the granite from the quarries at Newlyn and Lamorna reach the building sites and roads where it was used? How have our local forms of transport changed over the years? Who were the boats' captains, train and lorry drivers or men and women who pushed carts?


Saturday 13 October 10.00am-3.00pm

Families that were the backbone of our places

At this Open Day we look at the families that were behind the major developments in our local towns. In Newlyn the Legrice and Bolitho families were powerful land-owners and business people. Newlyn fishing boats often belonged to the same family for generations. Certain families provided sportsmen and women that have put Newlyn on that map.


We hope to draw on all three of our Archives on Newlyn, Lamorna and West Country Art to tell stories in these Open Days


The Lamorna Society 20th Anniversary AGM Weekend



Friday 29 September - Sunday 1 October

29 September: David Tovey's Devonshire house to view his collection of Cornish pictures, followed by get together at the Tolcarne Inn, Newlyn.

30 September: A virtual exhibition of members images of Lamorna, at Lamorna Village Hall, followed by the 20th Anniversary AGM.  Visit to Penlee House Gallery and Museum to view the exhibition - John Armstrong:Dream and Reality. Then, 20th Anniversary Lamorna Society evening meal, Goldolphin Arms, Marazion.

1 October:  Launch of The Lamorna Artists' Trail in Lamorna Booklet, and walk around Lamorna led  by Robert Fishburn and Ron Hogg. 




The Artists' Trail in Lamorna is a celebration of 20 years of the Lamorna Society, its members and their appreciation of the Lamorna Valley - its literature, its social and natural history and the many artists associated with it.


Cost £3. 

Available locally and online


The Lamorna Society Summer Weekend

Newlyn/Penzance/Lamorna 16-18 June

16 June: Reception at the Admiralty Boathouse, Newlyn, the new home of the Archive. Then meal at Italian Kitchen.

17 June: Archive Open Day, 'One Hundred Years Ago' . The Open Day focusses on events that happened one hundred years ago in 1917 and in the years of the Great War. It shows archive material about Newlyn and its people in 1917 and also tells the story of the artists from Newlyn and Lamorna (some too old to enlist) who played their part during the Great war and shows some of the pictures painted during the war.

Visit to Penlee House Gallery and Museum to view exhibition 'Stanhope forbes: Father of the Newlyn School'. Evening meal at the Smugglers Restaurant, Newlyn.

18 June: Talk by David Tovey - Warhorses, Ferrets, Moles and Other Mudlarks, by Crosbie Garstin. Afternoon walk in the Lamorna Valley.



The Lamorna Society Spring Weekend

Falmouth 5-7 May

A wonderful opportunity to celebrate the 20th year of Lamorna Society. The Society was created after the publication of A Painter Laureate Birch and his Circle, by Austin Wormleighton (1995), the exhibition at Falmouth Gallery of 88 paintings by Lamorna Birch in August (1997) and the guided Walk held at Lamorna by the artist Keith Gardiner, son of Stanley Gardiner (1997).



24-26 June 2016

The Lamorna Society Literary Weekend, Cornwall


13-16 May 2016 

The Lamorna Society Liverpool and Birkenhead Weekend




2-4 October 2015

The Lamorna Society AGM in Cornwall

1. Archive Open Day, Trinity Centre - Children from Newlyn Primary School involved in     art activity with Stephen Sedgeman,local artist

2. Lamorna Society members viewing Archive exhibition

3. Pam Lomax lecture- Where the Artists Lived in Lamorna and Newlyn

4. Evening meal at the Newlyn Italian Restaurant

5. Evening Meal at Lime Tree Restaurant,

    Dr Roo Gunzi gave Saturday lecture-Stanhope Forbes,  Painting Craft and


6. Jack Osborn  gave After Dinner Speech -10 January 2016 Jack celebrated his

    100th Birthday. Congratulations!

7. Sunday walk  - discovering the artists' houses in Lamorna

8. Sunday walk - discovering the artists' houses in Newlyn


 26-28 June 2015

The Lamorna Society Summer Weekend in Cornwall

June 2015

The Lamorna Summer Weekend in Lamorna & Newlyn

   1&2   Viewing the Archive at Wheal Betsy Annexe

    3-6   Socialising in the Wheal Betsy Garden

       7   Discovering the artists' houses in Newlyn

  8-13   Painting Day at Trewoofe, Lamorna

14&15  Evening Meal at The Smugglers Restaurant, Newlyn

16-19   Discovering the artists' houses in Lamorna

      20  Lunch at Borah Studio, Lamorna



May 2015

The Lamorna Society Spring Weekend in Nottingham

1. Nottingham Castle

2. Willow sculpture of robin Hood in Nottingham Castle Gardens

3. Sarah Skinner, part-time curator showing us the stacks deep in the heart of Nottingham Castle

4. Viewing the early works of Laura Knight in the print room

5. 'Cornish Light The Nottingham 1894 Exhibition Revisited - 'Old Sea Dogs' painting by William Titcomb

6. Tour of exhibition by David Tovey

7. Wollaton Hall and Deer Park in the heart of the City of Nottingham

8. Prospect Room in Woolaton Hall with stunning architecture

9. High on the roof of Woolaton Hall with panoramic views of the expansive deer park, the City of Nottingham and beyond

Read the reports of The Lamorna Society Spring Weekend in Nottingham in The Flagstaff Issue No35 Summer 2015


October 2014

The Lamorna Society AGM Weekend 2014

1. The Lamorna Society/Newlyn Archive Open Day

2. Evening meal at the Newlyn Italian Restaurant

3. AGM talk by Louise Connell, curator of Penlee House Gallery

4/5. Views of Lamorna Cove

6. Lunch at the Lamorna Cove Cafe

7. Dinner at the Lime tree Restaurant

8/9. Re-enactment of the Good Friday Walk to Lamorna


Read the reports of the Lamorna AGM Weekend 2014 in The Flagstaff Issue No 34 Winter 2014, p24-28. 



 May 2014

The Lamorna Society Spring Weekend in Whitby and Staithes

1. The Whitby Museum and Pennant Art Gallery

2. The Staithes Gallery

3. Inside the Staithes Gallery with owner, Al Milnes

4. Plaque dedicated to Laura Knight

5. Whitby artist Michael Pottas and his wife, Jane

6. Tour of Trevelyan College Durham University by Muriel Woodward, Emily Spencer and Brian Whitton

Read the reports of the very enjoyable May Weekend in Whitby and Staithes in The Flagstaff Issue No 33 Summer 2014, p16-19.