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Extension Grand Opening, Saturday 18th October 2014

The future looks bright!

On Saturday 18th October we had the grand opening of our wonderful new extension. Due to space restrictions the event was for invited guests only and the Library was packed full for the big celebration. Guests included Lord St Levan; Grand Bard Maureen Fuller; the Mayor David Nebesnuick; Mike and Sharon Higgins of the the Myner Trust; Lucy Nottingham from The Tanner Trust; Ian King representing Cornwall Council; Poynton Bradbury Wynter Cole architect Simon Burgess; Library staff, volunteers and the Library Management Committee and old and new friends from far and wide. Our president A.N.Wilson sent his best wishes but was unable to attend due to filming commitments in Germany.

A good time was had by all – canapes courtesy of Little Wonder Cafe and plentiful wine from Mounts Bay Wine Company.

In accordance with the late Mr Myner’s wishes the ribbon was cut by Annabelle, the Librarian, and following the official ceremony the guests were shown around the new rooms. Of special interest was the new Photographic Archive Room, kitted out with state of the art equipment in readiness for the digitisation project of the entire photographic collection. The three new archival rooms in the basement were also on show as was the new and exciting Art Room on the ground floor.

We now have a glorious building and a passion for the place which gives us the confidence to grow and continue to add to the cultural life of the town and Cornwall. The new building is a visual celebration of our future. It combines modern eco-friendly design with sensitivity to the town’s history and cultural heritage. Buildings old and new have merged to create a wonderful library. The old building redolent of a more leisurely time and the new extension humming with creative activity.

We are so lucky to have a chance to expand and with libraries closing all over the country it is important to celebrate our achievements both here and in the wider world. Our gratitude and most sincerest thanks to all those involved with bringing this fantastic project to fruition.

Sharon Higgins of the Myner Trust opens proceedings

Guests at the grand opening, including Penzance's Mayor David Nebesnuick

Librarian Annabelle Read cutting the ribbon to the new extension (action shot!)  Annabelle toasting the event

Food supplied by Little Wonder Cafe  Food supplied by Little Wonder Cafe


Library closed Saturday 18th October, 2014


The Library will be closed on Saturday 18th October for an official opening of the new extension. This event is by invitation only due to a restriction on numbers.

Apologies for any inconvenience this may cause.

We hope that Members will join us at our Christmas party on Saturday 6th December to celebrate the opening of the extension.

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.

poppy-field (poster copy)


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.