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Lecture Seminars – 1914-1918 ‘THE WAR TO END ALL WARS’

Two Lecture Seminars at the Morrab Library led by Robin Lenman and George Rowe.

Wednesdays at 2pm

15th October: How did it happen?

22nd October: A hundred years of fall-out

Cost – £3 per session, £5 for the two

Numbers will be limited – please book in advance via the Library (01736 364474)

A short list of suggested reading will be available prior to the sessions.

World War One Exhibition, 16th – 27th September

To commemorate the beginning of the Great War in 1914, the Photographic Archive will hold an exhibition of photographs, memorabilia and examples of the written word.

Entry will be free to both members and non-members; donations to library funds will, of course, be gratefully accepted. The exhibition is to be staged in the Reading Room and also the Art Room in the new extension.

Visitors will be able to view the exhibition during normal library opening hours which are: Tuesday to Friday from 10.00am until 4.00pm and Saturday from 10.00am until 1.00pm.

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The Photographic Archive will be temporarily closed for three weeks in order to install new equipment and furniture. We hope to be open again on Thursday 28th August.

Apologies for any inconvenience caused.

Easter Hours & World Book Night Events

Please note that the Library will close at 4pm on Thursday 17th April and re-open after the Easter weekend on Tuesday 22nd April at 10am

To celebrate World Book Night on Wednesday 23rd April the Morrab Library will be giving away 100 free books between 12.00 and 3.30pm. Come along and collect your book and take a look at a selection of interesting and unusual books that will be on sale.

At 2.30pm local author Mark Penrose will launch his book “Apologise Later ” – a biography of Hollywood actor Robert Newton, who grew up in West Cornwall.

Hope to see you!

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A Stormy History

STORM R 27CG 032 low res copyright Every now and then nature puts us firmly in our place – the recent storms being our timely reminder of the sheer force of the ocean and the elements.

Following the latest spate of weather disruption we found some incredible photos in our Archive from the Ash Wednesday storm, which caused considerable damage to Penzance & Newlyn in March 1962.

The Ash Wednesday Storm, much like the recent storms we experienced, was due to a weather front sweeping in from the Atlantic. The Great Storm of 1962 hit the Eastern Coast of the United States between 6 – 8th March bringing hurricane force winds, coupled with exceptionally high tides as a result of the Spring Equinox. The storm was thought to be one of the most destructive ever to affect the mid-Atlantic states. One of the ten worst storms in the United States in the 20th century, it lingered through five high tides over a three-day period, killing 40 people, injuring over 1,000, and causing hundreds of millions in property damage in six states.

On 13th March 1962 the storm hit the western tip of the UK wreaking havoc on the coastline of Cornwall – Penzance and Newlyn bearing the brunt of the damage. The promenade was breached, the Jubilee Pool smashed and the Tolcarne area of Newlyn pummelled by the full force of the storm.

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In comparison here are some images of the damage caused in the same areas of Penzance and Newlyn by the recent ‘Valentine’ storm of February 2014:

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Considerable damage has been caused to the prom, the lower sea wall and the Newlyn Green end of the coastal path, as well as major disruption at the Jubilee Pool. Many homes and businesses in Newlyn and along the promenade have been flooded but thankfully no-one was hurt. The Council have been very quick to act and the clean up operation is in full force.

So are we seeing the effects of global warming or is this another weather cycle brought about by a powerful combination of factors? Either way it is a reminder of the awesome power of the sea and the elements when they come together in force.