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New website allows you to explore Cornwall’s history in photos

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‘Memory Lane’ is a new free online picture archive launching through lockdown, enabling people to share and celebrate historical moments

If you’re already running out of ideas for things to do this lockdown, a new online tool has launched to enable people to connect over Cornwall’s past from the comfort of their own home.

Prince Charles on a visit to the Duchy of Cornwall. 16th June 1970.
Prince Charles on a visit to the Duchy of Cornwall. 16th June 1970.

‘Memory Lane’, currently a nostalgia feature with InYourArea, is launching as a standalone website on Thursday, providing people with a home for photographs that may have remained hidden for years.

A rich, interactive and nostalgic archive with content searchable by location, date, topics, people, categories and more – it aims to create a bigger, more inclusive picture of history by allowing you to preserve, discover, share and colourise the past.

Daily Mirror Treasure Hunt, Fistral Beach, Cornwall
Daily Mirror Treasure Hunt, Fistral Beach, Cornwall, Tuesday 7th July 1959. Daily Mirror Pirates are staging a Summer treasure hunt on a tour of UK seaside resorts. Each day they bury miniature treasure chests in the sand, everyone who digs up a chest wins a Guinea (one pound and one shilling or 21 shillings). Children clamber onto the platform, Pirates David Tyler (left) and David Hughes, stand guard.

Backed by broadcaster, author and historian Professor Kate Williams, website follows a YouGov survey carried out for Memory Lane suggesting that the past is in danger of being lost because 80% of Brits haven’t digitised all their photos.

It revealed 67% of the population are looking for something that brings them comfort while more than half of UK adults (55%) are thinking about what we did before the pandemic.

Almost a third of the population (31%) are looking at old photographs to get themselves through these strange times.

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Source: CornwallLive

Original publication 5 November, 2020

Posted on NatCorn 17th November 2020

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