Re:collect seeks to expand the online archive by adding more:


The project collections include significant footage of Cornish life dating from the 1930’s featuring folk customs, celebrations, music, sporting events and industrial activities


Chief among the audio material is the ‘Gundry Collection’ which feature a host of Cornish characters including lighthouse keepers, publicans, miners and the only known audio recording of a balmaiden (a female mine worker).


A substantial number of collections documenting life across Cornwall and featuring farming, industry, celebrations and sporting, musical and theatrical events, thriving high streets, transport, maritime activities, agricultural fairs, gardens and historic buildings.

Re:collect will:

  • increase public access to audio-visual material through a free open access online archive
  • create a qualified and skilled volunteer workforce to undertake the significant task of digitising and disseminating the audio-visual material
  • provide archive roadshows in Cornish communities to showcase the audio-visual material and give people the opportunity to share their own collections online
  • develop archive-inspired education materials to help teachers and pupils
  • explore a range of themes the collection of information from members of the public regarding the archive content, preserved for future generations

The project is well underway. Visit to browse the archive.

Heritage Lottery Funded