St Ives museum to display series of 1930s photographs

St Ives bridge chapel

St Ives bridge chapel - Credit: Archant

A SERIES of photographs of St Ives from the 1930s is to go on display at the town’s Norris Museum.

Mr Malcolm Stokes who was evacuated to St Ives…nice pic. This is him aged 7 with his dad (1940).

Mr Malcolm Stokes who was evacuated to St Ives…nice pic. This is him aged 7 with his dad (1940). - Credit: Archant

The Jude Collection is one of the displays of the Unseen St Ives exhibition and includes display glass plate negatives and lantern slides that were taken by R C Jude, known as Bob, who lived in Willow Bannk, St Ives until his death in the 1980s.

The display documents changes and events in the town from the 1930s and also includes personal photographs of Mr Jude and his family.

Helen Giles, curator at the Norris Museum, said: “It’s a fascinating collection of images from St Ives’ past. Before the previous curator Bob Burn-Murdoch retired, we went through these negatives together to select those which we thought would be most interesting. Of particular interest is the upper storey of the Bridge Chapel being demolished in 1930, together with the river freezing in 1963.

“We are now in the process of getting 40 of these images digitised so that they can be seen in all their glory in our new exhibition.”

The Unseen St Ives exhibition takes place from March 30 until June 30. The museum will also be displaying photographs from donors and is keen to display more ‘unseen’ photographs of St Ives people, places and events particularly from the 1940s onwards.

During the exhibition the museum is hosting ‘My Kind of Town’ on April 2-3 when visitors will be able to decorate a frame and take it home.

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INFORMATION: If you think you might have some photographs that the museum can borrow, pop in before March 22. Photographs can be scanned at the museum while you wait.