A rich resource for research, or a place to borrow the latest novel

The Morrab Library. Photo by Glyn Richards.The Morrab Library is an independent library established in 1818, housed in a Victorian mansion in the beautiful Morrab Gardens in Penzance, Cornwall. We hold over 55,000 books on floor-to-ceiling shelves as well as archives and a rich photographic collection.

Our new extension is now complete, bringing us much-needed extra storage space as well as a new home for our photographic archive.

We are open Tuesday - Saturday 10am-4pm.

 01736 364474

enquiries@morrablibrary.org.uk / photoarchive@morrablibrary.org.uk

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Slide Collection

Days Gone By: Pioneer
After a rather more extended hiatus than we’d anticipated, our slide collection posts are now back on track. We’re kicking things off for 2012 with this beautiful, photograph from the 1920s. It shows passengers boarding the fishing vessel ‘Pioneer’, for one of the regular sea excursions around to Lamorna Cove. It looks charming and dignified, and is making us long for summer days on calm waters.
The Poineer was built by the Paynters of St.Ives in 1899, and was one of the first such vessels to be fitted with a steam engine. It was owned by the Hendy family, originally worked out of St.Ives, and after some war service, fished out of Newlyn until 1966. At some stage her steam engine was replaced with a Kelvin Internal Combustion Engine. She was restored, and then relaunched in 1999.
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