Town through the ages

Original photographs of Victorian St Ives will be on display for the first time at the town s Norris Museum as part of a new, free exhibition. The displays are all based on the museum s new book, Victorian St Ives, and as well as old photographs include t

Original photographs of Victorian St Ives will be on display for the first time at the town's Norris Museum as part of a new, free exhibition.

The displays are all based on the museum's new book, Victorian St Ives, and as well as old photographs include the royal charter that made St Ives a borough in 1874, complete with Queen Victoria's Great Seal.

There also the chance to see a rather more unusual item: the horns of the first bullock to be sold in the St Ives cattle market after it was built in 1886. This was made into a dinner gong (pictured) for the then Mayor of St Ives, Frederic Warren.

Museum curator Bob Burn-Murdoch said: "The display gives visitors the chance to see some of the original photographs for the first time ever.


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"Delicate old photographs may fade if exposed to light, but the museum's display gallery has special environmental controls that allow the pictures to be put on show without harming them."

These photographs show a composite picture of Market Hill, St Ives. The left side was taken in 2007, the right side in the 1890s. It shows how many Victorian buildings are still standing in the town centre.

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INFORMATION: Victorian St Ives continues until January 31. The Museum is open Monday to Friday 10am-4pm, and Saturday 10am-1pm. The museum is closed from December 25-27, and on January 1. Admission is free.

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