Wrong Dates!

This post is both an apology and a warning… Somehow, despite being passed by three pairs of (not so) beady eyes, we managed to get our 2012 dates a bit muddled on the calendar of events. So if you received a newsletter from us, we’re very sorry, but the dates are incorrect. In early 2012, the correct dates for lectures and A.G.M are:
Winter Lecture Series / Bob Harrison ‘Carry On Up The Volga’ / Wednesday 8th February at 2:15pm
A.G.M / Monday 5th March 2012 at 2pm
Winter Lecture Series / Cecil Jenkin ‘A Newlyn Childhood’ / Wednesday 14th March at 2:15pm

There will be a 2012 newsletter winging its way to you later this month with further (hopefully correct this time) event dates for the rest of the year. Sorry.

Winter Lecture Series

This month’s ‘lecture’ was actually a film – made by John Potter and introduced by the man himself. A box office smash: no spare seats, everyone enjoyed the film about Nanquidno (where John and his wife actually live now) – in particular hearing from ‘Egbert’ about his family and life as it was in times gone by, and to see footage of the Choughs, now back in the valley.
Next month’s lecture is on Wednesday 8th February, (2:15pm) and is brought to you by Bob Harrison, title: Carry On Up The Volga.
Please also note, the lectures aren’t exclusively for members – all are welcome so do come along for a little mental stimulation / diversion (followed by some reviving tea and Saffron cake!).

New Year – New Course

Robin Lenman (editor of The Oxford Companion to the Photograph) is hosting a new lecture series at the library. Commencing on February 2nd, and at the very reasonable cost of £24 for the six sessions,  each session has a theme and will be followed by discussion – 
#1 ‘All things under the sun’: The rise of photography. 
#2 The Global Medium  
#3 Humanist Documentary Since The 1930s  
#4 ‘You press the button…’: The Snapshot  
#5 Photography and the Environment  
#6 Staging, Faking and Manipulation from Daguerreotype to Digital.
Places are limited, so book early to avoid disappointment – And you needn’t be a member of the library to attend the Lecture series, all are welcome. For further information and to book a place, please telephone 01736 330 869, or ask in the library.

Splendid day – thank you everyone* for your support. 
We hope you all have a Jolly Christmas and happy new year!
(*And special thanks to George for the photographs)

Come one, come all!
Lots of superb stalls selling all sorts of handmade fare.  Liz’s food stall is always a sell out within the first half-hour so well worth coming early for the delicious treats on offer there.  Everyone’s welcome so come along, enjoy a glass of mulled wine and mince pie while you do a spot of Christmas Shopping.  We look forward to seeing you!

Friday’s Mexican ‘Dia de los Muertos’ Feast at the library was amazing – we raised just over £500 for the library!  The fancy dress costumes were brilliant (Martin’s ‘Chinese’ attire was slightly off brief but he more than made up for it with the Tequila -not a drop left by the end of the evening).  David made a toxic punch which was drank in its entirety.  Liz’s menu was inspired and delicious, and quite unbelievably carried off considering there’s no oven at the library and she had to cook the lot in advance before transporting it over from her house.  Everyone seemed to have a grand time so thank you to all who came along and those who helped out decorating beforehand and clearing up afterwards. (Masses of washing up!)
There’s more photos of guests in costume over on the library facebook page, but here’s the decorated room…

Last few tickets* remaining for this friday’s Day of the Dead feast at the Morrab Library -phone/visit/email us to book your place asap.  
*This event is exclusively for library members and their guests.

We thought this little book apt for wishing everyone a happy halloween.  By ‘a mere phantom’,it was published in 1880 by Houlston and Sons. “The increased use of the Magic Lantern as a means of beguiling the long evenings of winter, render a brief and simple guide for the unscientific purchaser not only desirable, but necessary.”

Wednesday saw the first in our 2011/12 Winter Lecture Series here at the library.  Chris Wiblin gave a fascinating and very well illustrated lecture on John Vibert, the Penzance printer, bringing a car-boot full of framed prints both from his own collection and borrowed, and also showed some of the Vibert prints we have here in the archives at the library.  During the tea break, everyone enjoyed looking at Chris’s collection of prints – and also the display Sheila (volunteer) had put together in the library reception room – as well as the Saffron cake that was on offer… Many thanks to Chris for his insightful lecture – also to Ros et al for tea-making and washing up duties.  
Next month’s lecture will be on Wednesday 9th November at 2:15pm and is being given by John Rawles – ‘Mathematics, Morality & Metaphor’.  The lectures are open to members and non-members so if you’d like to come along please do – admission by donation, (free tea + cake).