Thanks to all who supported our – and other - Literary Festival events in July.
Our latest book, Growing Up in West Cornwall, edited by Sally Corbet, is now available and will be officially launched at the Morrab Library on August 17th. Want to get your hands on a copy?
You can buy direct from the Morrab and other local shops from mid-August, or of course use the mail order link. (Use the link to ‘Publications’ on the drop-down menu above and click on ‘Growing Up in West Cornwall’ and ‘Prices’).
We hope that you will enjoy the book, which is our biggest in terms of page numbers since 2010. The authors present different aspects of the experience of childhood in West Cornwall, from the seventeenth century onwards.
The book documents childhood memories, mostly from the early years of the twentieth century, set in the context of institutions that structured the children’s lives – the village schools and the workhouse
The recollections captured here deal with schooldays, holidays, home life (sometimes when the father has gone mining overseas, or when the parents are busy Newlyn artists); and starting work, as an undertaker’s apprentice in a spooky situation or a fisherboy preparing meals for the crew.
How many of us regret that we did not ask our grandparents more about their childhood? This book helps us to understand how it felt to be a child in West Cornwall in the very different world of earlier centuries. Family historians will welcome the surname index.