Introduction to the Archive
St Ives is a beautiful coastal town in the far west of Cornwall renowned for its fishing and mining heritage. It has long been a magnet for artists – and still is.
St Ives Archive is a community archive staffed by volunteers and funded through grants from local business, donations, sales of publications and membership.
The Archive holds a wide range of records relating to the history of St Ives and neighbouring parishes, including an extensive collection of photographs.
If you are coming to research a specific topic, particularly if you are travelling, please make contact in advance so that our volunteers can prepare for your visit. Some of the records are held off-site and will not be available without advance notice.
For more information about our records and resources see our about us page.
News, Events and Recent Publications
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St Ives Fishing Heritage
Take a look at the results of our recent project on
Tuesday to Friday 10.00am – 2.00pm throughout the year.
Visitors are welcome.
(Closed for Christmas period)
Courtesy of Diana Taylor
Locations photographed NOW and with THEN photographs superimposed
John McWilliams talking to Janet Axten about boats
Janet Axten talking about the boilers on Porthmeor Beach
Seine fishing in St Ives