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Memories of Royal Cornwall Show sought for archive

By WMNAGreenwood  |  Posted: May 24, 2014

The then Prince of Wales visiting the 1927 Royal Cornwall Show

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Visitors to this year’s Royal Cornwall Show are being encouraged to bring their old photos, cine film and memories along with them to be recorded for future generations.

Cornishmemory.com – run by community interest company Azook – is aiming to collect as much history as possible during the show which takes place on June 5-7 at Wadebridge.

The project is designed to capture material from the late 19th and the 20th century which relates to Cornwall and all things Cornish.

These will be digitally recorded and posted on their website and available for future generations to view as part of the re:collect project.

So far, the project has scanned more than 11,000 images, digitised more than 100 hours of cine film and 300 hours of audio interviews.

The majority of material so far has been garnered from established collections and museum archives.

Richard Trant, from Cornishmemory.com, said he was looking forward to capturing the show’s history.

“We encourage show-goers to bring along with them any old Royal Cornwall Show or farming related photos, cine film and quirky stories that we can very quickly scan or digitise using out state-of-the-art equipment,” he said.

“It’ll be great to capture and create an archive of memories of such an iconic event that has been part of Cornish life for more than two centuries.”

The project will be touring locations around the county in the coming months to gain further vintage imagery and film highlighting local life, characters and history.

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