Lovers of photography and history will be in for a treat when Helston Folk Museum opens up its archives early next month.

The museum and Kestle Barton arts centre, based near Manaccan, have teamed up as part of a project called 'Tallys an Tir; Traditions & Stories of the Land'.

This is being led by the Cornish Audio Visual Archive, based on Penryn's Tremough Campus, with the aim of recording history for future generations.

On Saturday, February 2 the three organisations will be hosting a Memory Day, taking place at the museum in Church Street between 1pm and 5pm.

On display will be a range of archive photographs of the local area as well as agricultural photographs and objects from the museum's collections.

Sarah Chapman, who is heading up the project, said: “There are so many fantastic photographs within the museum's archives, it's great that we are able to open these up for people to explore.

“We invite people to come along and share their memories and stories with us over tea and cake.”

The stories, memories and information collected during the Memory Day will become part of the wider project 'Tallys an Tir.'

This year-long project, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and FEAST Cornwall, is working with people in the community and primary schools within five areas around Cornwall.

It is being done in collaboration with Kestle Barton, a centre for the arts above the Helford River, where a group of community members including farmers and artists will be working with the project team to capture stories, photographs and footage local to the area.

The project will end in a celebration and exhibition of collated material at Kestle Barton over the weekend of the August 31 and September 1.

To find out more about the project contact Sarah Chapman at To follow its progression and learn about forthcoming events in each area visit