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World War One memories go on show in St Ives on Friday

By CMScott  |  Posted: February 18, 2014

Carbis Bay Red Cross Ladies during World War I.

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St Ives Archive will hold the first of many First World War commemorative events planned for this year at the Western Hotel tomorrow [FRIDAY].

holding an event at the Western Hotel, Royal Square, on Friday 21st February from 11.00am to 1.00pm.

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Archive volunteers have been working hard to prepare displays which aim to show the impact that the Great War had on the townsfolk of St Ives.

Ted Lever, author of many Archive publications, is working on a new book to document this and would be interested in talking to people who can share their family’s experiences.

Volunteer Patsy Geddes has been looking into what life was like in the town in the lead up to the outbreak of hostilities.

She said: “I can only open a small window onto life before the war, but it is fascinating to take even this small step back into our history.

“Other displays will show how the fishing and mining industries were affected, how Edward Hain was drawn into the war, and much more.”

St Ives Archive plays an important role in preserving the unique heritage and history of the town and surrounding area.

The charitable organisation works closely with the community, engaging with the Town Council, local schools, colleges and other educational establishments, with strong links to libraries, museums, art galleries and archives in St Ives and throughout Cornwall.

Admission tomorrow is £1 including tea or coffee. Refreshments including homemade luxury cakes will be on sale, along with Archive books, photographs and cards. A raffle will be held.

• Geoff Greaves of Merlin Cinemas will be in attendance to answer any questions on the future of our local cinemas. Fascinating information on the history of St Ives’ Royal will be on display.

For any further details please contact Rachel Opie on 01736 796408 or by emailing info@stivesarchive.co.uk

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