Rare Archive Film collection exhibited at Royal Cornwall Museum

The Tre Project – Rediscovering Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly through Archive Film will be exhibiting archive films at Royal Cornwall Museum from 8th October to 19th November 2011.

 Cornish wrestling in the 1950’s, Hayle Power stacks demolition in 1981, snowy days on Scilly in 1957 and Falmouth Tall Ships in 1967 are some of the Super 8 film delights on display which have been locally donated.

Along with this is a rare 1930’s film collection held at the museum which will also be on display revealing Cornwall and it’s unique cultural heritage as you’ve never seen it before.  The material includes Cornish crafts and trades and fascinating footage of 91 year old Ben Little, the Cornish Wassailer.

Barbara Santi, Director of awen productions cic says “It has been a journey of discovery; looking beyond the veneer of the places we think we know so well yet uncovering an untold story through film.  One of these unexpected gems has been re-discovering The Major Gill collection held at Royal Cornwall Museum / South West Film & TV Archive and it gives me great pleasure in being able to screen this rare 1930’s material in this exhibition.  Alongside the footage we have Major Gill’s original lecture script he used during presentations of the work to the public in 1936.”

The exhibition brings together elements of the TRE project coupled with artefacts from Royal Cornwall Museum which reflect the films on view.

Royal Cornwall Museum’s Exhibitions & Conservation Officer Laura Ratcliffe says “This is such a lovely opportunity for the museum to supplement the work that Barbara has been doing with our archive film footage with pieces from our collection. It is never possible to have all the objects out at once so exhibitions like this allow us to bring out infrequently seen parts of the museum collection. Included in the exhibition will be a recently conserved and mounted ‘Obby ‘Oss mask used by the Bate family in the annual Padstow May Day celebrations; a Cornish Wrestling trophy won by brothers Sidney and Reuben Chapman.”

Barbara continues, “As well as the exhibition I will be following in the footsteps of Major Gill and will give a talk about the material and the process of working with archive and communities.  This will be at RCM on Thurs 20th from 1pm – booking is essential.”


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