Hilda Quick & VE Day

 

The library is lucky to hold archives of work by the Cornish artist and illustrator Hilda Quick.

Quick was born in Penzance in 1895 and trained at the Central School of Arts and Crafts, London, later specialising in wood engravings. Locally, she created designs for the Minack Theatre programmes, working directly with Rowena Cade (founder of the Minack). She also illustrated numerous books including her own — Marsh and Shore, about bird-watching on the Cornish coast, which became a bestseller.

She lived in Penzance until the death of her parents in 1951, after which she moved to St Agnes in the Isles of Scilly, remaining there for the rest of her life and continuing to produce work until her death at the age of 83 in 1978.

During her long career Quick produced numerous studies of the local community in Penzance and Newlyn, including these rather wry and playful sketches. They were made during the second world war and give an insight into the everyday lives of people in Penzance during that time – from the desperate and dutiful queues at the local fishmongers and chaos at the food office in St John’s Hall, to Penzance’s exasperated ‘chief billing officer’ pulling at his hair.

VE day commemorates the beginning of peace in Europe, a peace that must have been felt in a thousand little ways across the country, from our own land’s end to the highlands. It celebrates the peace that started the long and complicated process of healing for many countries. Hilda Quick’s drawings capture a time that is past but VE day reminds us that the value of peace, and working together, is ever-present.

 

 

Immy & Marlene – Duke of Edinburgh Volunteers

Looking back one of the highlights of 2019 was having these wonderful young ladies complete their Duke of Edinburgh volunteering with us. Their enthusiasm was completely infectious! Near the end of their time here we asked them to write a little something about the library which you can read below. We think they’re some of the best reviews we’ve ever had! 

 

 

“Hello! My name is Immy and I have been coming to the Morrab Library for a few months now and it’s been really great. The people are so nice and funny, just being at the library I lose track of time and I end up spending a few hours here. By doing this it takes me away from my phone and stress… the atmosphere is so peaceful and quiet it feels like you’re in a different place, completely stress free. Which is absolutely needed in this 21th century. Even if you might not realise it, you probably are stressed out by one thing or another. And if you’re not it’s a great place to experience! The rooms are lovely! If you like a modern look you might like the art room and if you want to learn about West Cornwall then visit the Cornish Room. My friend and I found these funny poems written by a Cornishman, and it got me into poetry! I never really liked it until I found that little treasure. There’s many beautiful looking books from and about different eras. You can learn so much from a library, why not do it in a peaceful library with a stunning view of the Morrab Gardens right in front of you? I never came here before I started volunteering and it’s so refreshing and relaxing. If you don’t like reading just come to the library to look at its beauty. It’s been here since 1818 and it’s just so beautiful being in such a historic place.” 

 

“Hey! I’m Marlene. I volunteer at the library with Immy and I completely adore it. We’ve been coming here for almost nine months and our Duke of Edinburgh time is almost up, but I’m going to come by and visit afterwards because I’ll really miss all the lovely lovely people here and the beautiful vibe. My favourite place is the Natural History Room. The walls are covered with row upon row of gorgeous wooden shelves and stacked with hundreds of old volumes and pretty pictures. The light comes in gently from one tall window and the room is always in a state of peaceful twilight. Morrab Library is absolutely one of my favourite places in the world – and there’s something for everyone! Immy’s already told you all about the many attractions of the Library… there are so many hidden treasures to be stumbled upon here. The tiny book of Cornish poetry that we unearthed and pored over for hours is probably one of my favourite books. I’ve also found tons of beautiful clothes books from centuries ago which were a portal to another world entirely – just like the library itself!”

LIBRARY CLOSED – TUESDAY 26th NOVEMBER

We’re sorry to say that due to the high winds, the Council has closed Morrab Gardens for the day, and therefore the library will need to close as well. We will be closed for all of today, Tuesday 26th November.

The forecast for tomorrow isn’t ideal either, but we will let you know as soon as we are able if we will re-open tomorrow morning.

We are very sorry for the inconvenience this causes you.

Best wishes,
The Library Team

New Books for Autumn/Winter 2019

Pictured here are the covers of just some of the wonderful (& typically eclectic) new additions that have arrived in the library over the last few months… 

Most of these can be found on the new additions shelves by the library desk – if they haven’t been snapped up and taken out by members already! Do let us know if you would like anything reserved. You can find a full list of new titles (in no particular order I’m afraid!) here. 

Christmas Craft Fair – this Saturday 16th November

Don’t forget our Christmas Craft Fair will be held this Saturday from 10.30 am to 2.00 pm. We will be jam-packed with stalls showcasing a variety of beautiful crafts including ceramics, knits, cards, art, woodwork, books and more. Images from our Photo Archives will also be on sale. First prize in our raffle is a wonderful Christmas cake and we’ll have a Tombola too. And of course, our delicious refreshments will be available to enjoy. We really hope to see you there.