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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Photographic Archive – Slide Collection

Recently, Margaret Orchard donated a large collection of photographic slides to the library‘s Photographic Archive. The collection belonged to Cyril Orchard, her husband, and he used the slides to illustrate the numerous lectures and talks he gave.

The collection is currently being sorted and catalogued by Glyn and Alan, who volunteer here in the Photographic Archive. And they thought it a good idea to let people see the collection, in the hope that we might get some more information about the pictures’ subjects and scenes. So, we’re going to post one image a month for you to see, and hope that you might comment if you have any more information. Also, should you wish to buy a copy of the photograph, prints can be purchased from the library – visit the website for details on prices. Thanks!

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Mr Bond Clark, pictured at his shop at the bottom of Adelaide street, Penzance. C1988. He owned an emporium selling engineering tools, hardware, general tools, car accessories etc. Where the shop’s back entrance was, on Bread Street, he had a garage, and he used to drive his Jaguar in there in the mornings before opening. Everything he had was immaculate; he kept his car in pristine condition and the shop window was always spotless and full of lovely shiny spanners and other tools. We don’t know when the shop opened or when it closed, so any information anyone can give about Mr Bond Clark’s would be greatly appreciated.