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Tale of Newlyn's Rosebud at Porthcurno Telegraph Museum

By CMScott  |  Posted: February 19, 2014

By Scott Hamilton

Rosebud on the Thames in 1937

Rosebud on the Thames in 1937

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A talk at Porthcurno Telegraph Museum will explore the tale of the herring drifter Rosebud that sailed to London to fight against the Newlyn slum clearances.

The Rosebud set sail for The House of Commons in 1937 to petition politicians over the Newlyn slum clearance scheme.

Speaker and museum volunteer John Wallis will explain how three telegrams he discovered in a cupboard, along with a rather sorry looking stuffed cat, shed light on the events of 1937, when the plucky vessel carried the hopes and prayers of the Newlyn community to the Palace of Westminster.

In the first of the museum’s Ideas Cafe talks for 2014, guests will enjoy a rich collection of photographs and a unique local collection of memorabilia, much of which has never been seen publicly.

The museum itself remains closed for development, and will reopen this summer with brand new exhibitions and visitor facilities.

The Ideas Cafe talk takes place in the Clore Learning Space - the museum’s brand new learning centre - on Wednesday (February 26) at 6pm. Tickets are £3.50. Full details: www.porthcurno.org.uk

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