Cookworthy On The Quay, an exhibition of photographs and artefacts from Kingsbridge Cookworthy Museum is at Harbour House this autumn.
Kingsbridge Cookworthy Museum makes its fourth excursion down the hill to Harbour House with a temporary exhibition of photographs and artefacts that will appeal to visitors of all ages.
Cookworthy On The Quay offers a fascinating glimpse into the history of our local area, and includes just a fraction of the museum’s vast archive of over 12,000 19th and early 20th century photographs of Kingsbridge, Salcombe and surrounding villages.
Exhibits include the popular ‘then and now’, giving visitors the opportunity to compare historical images with contemporary views, and Evacuation: A Tale Of Three Villages, a DVD telling the story of Slapton Sands.
Containing rare archive footage, photographs and interviews with residents of the area, it paints a picture of life before the War, the build up to the evacuation, life during it and the eventual return.
But the exhibition won’t only include photography – there will be a range of intriguing artefacts for visitors to try to identify in the ‘mystery objects’ display.
Kingsbridge Cookworthy Museum, in the Old Grammar School on Fore Street, Kingsbridge, houses the Local Heritage Resource Centre containing parish records, tithe maps, local history books, Grammar School records and local newspapers on microfilm.
There will also be the opportunity to browse and search the museum’s vast photographic archive.
Many of the images have been gifted to the museum as plates, negatives or prints, as more people come to realise the value of allowing the material to be archived for future generations. Anyone wanting to keep a slice of history can order prints in A4 or A3 size.
There will be an informal gallery talk, titled Then and Now: a Photographer’s View, on September 27 at 2pm, with local historian Tim Noyce.
Cookworthy On The Quay is at Harbour House in Kingsbridge from September 24 to 29, 2013. Admission is free – see the Harbour House website for more details.