St Ives Archive
Research Centre, Wesley Methodist Church
St Ives Road, Carbis Bay, St Ives, Cornwall TR26 2SF
Tel: 01736 796408

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.

About Us

For more information about our records and resources see our about us page.

News, Events and Recent Publications

See our Facebook page.

St Ives Fishing Heritage

Take a look at the results of our recent project on
Fishing-in-St Ives.

Opening Times

Tuesday to Friday 10.00am – 2.00pm throughout the year.
Visitors are welcome.
(Closed for Christmas period)

Archive Films

Women in Industry project about the textile industry in St Ives
Courtesy of Diana Taylor
Interviews after the Women in Industry won first prize in the History Press competition

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

Videos courtesy of St Ives TV