Taking Care of Your Heritage

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 registered charity whose aim is to develop and maintain a local historical archive for the benefit and use of the public, covering all aspects of the history, geography, natural history, the arts, architecture and the inhabitants of the parishes of St Ives, Carbis Bay, Lelant, Halsetown and Towednack in the county of Cornwall. We began in 1996 and continue as a community activity staffed by volunteers and funded through grants from local businesses, membership, sales of publications and donations. We have collected information on every aspect of the town's unique history, its people and neighbouring parishes.

We have volunteers who have special areas of expertise. They can help with research, whether it's a simple query or a detailed research project. Learn more about what we do in this short film.

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.

Owing to continued Covid restrictions visitors will be welcome by appointment only. Please book your visit in advance to help us manage secure social distancing.

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