From The Cornishman:
Penzance 400: A Celebration of the History of Penzance
The long and fascinating history of Penzance will be celebrated at Penlee House Gallery & Museum to mark the 400th anniversary since the town gained its Charter of Incorporation.
The exhibition will include paintings, photographs and artefacts, exploring facets of Penzance from its earliest origins to significant events in living memory and also celebrates the 200th anniversary of the foundation of the Royal Geological Society of Cornwall.
Much of the material on display comes from the museum’s own collections and stores but significant items such as Stanhope Forbes’ famous 1925 painting of Penzance railway station, The Terminus, have been borrowed from the National Railway Museum, York and the royal Cornwall Museum, Truro, which has loaned Alfred Wallis’s Penzance Harbour Entrance.
Penzance through the ages is represented through old photographs, postcards, Art Deco travel posters and numerous paintings by Newlyn School artists including Norman Garston’s The Rain It Raineth Every Day and Stanhope Forbes’ Abbey Slip.
The exhibition also features the original 400-year-old charter, newly restored, and borough memorabilia such as silver maces, robes and staffs.
Penzance 400: A Celebration of the History of Penzance runs from next Saturday, March 29 to June 7.
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