THE COLLECTION

Sarah Smith promotes the 'A Space For You' campaign for Hall For Cornwall, c. 1994

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Sarah Smith promotes the 'A Space For You' campaign for Hall For Cornwall, c. 1994

Made: 1994

Record Number: HFC:2020:34

Sarah was a Director and General Manager during the transition from City Hall and its subsequent campaign to become Hall For Cornwall. Sarah Smith helped to establish the HFC Trust and led fundraising for the campaign.

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Back Quay showing the Market Inn, the rear of City Hall and N. Gill & Son, Truro, Cornwall. After October 1937

A photo which details the change in landscape to Back Quay once the river had been filled in during the mid-1920s. The river was filled in along Lemon Quay for both sanitation reasons and for a broader civic purpose. The space has since served as a car park and a piazza, home to multiple fairs, shows and entertainment events in the heart of the city.

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Machine shop, H.T.P. Motors Ltd., Back Quay, Truro, Cornwall. 1941

The interior of HTP Motors (now the Pannier Market) during WWII. The automobile showroom was re-purposed as a site for building plane parts for Spitfires during the war effort.

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British Army service vehicles outside H.T.P. Motors Ltd., Back Quay, Truro, Cornwall. Around 1944

Military vehicles outside the building on Back Quay (now the Pannier Market) where the vehicles were re-conditioned and re-purposed ready for service at the end of WWII. This photograph shows the moment the vehicles are handed over to the military.

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Town Crier standing outside City Hall, Boscawen Street, Truro, Cornwall. 1920s

A town crier reads from his sheet with City Hall as a backdrop. Clearly visible are a number of show posters for forthcoming performances at the hall. Also visible is a large handbill mounted to a board by the gates to the hall. This board would have been used and adjusted during a performance run to detail which shows had remaining tickets on sale.

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Snowball Fight, Boscawen Street, Truro, Cornwall. 8th January 1918

A group of naval officers play in the snow outside City Hall during WWI. In the background and tacked to the wall of City Hall, is a poster calling for new recruits to the Royal Navy.

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City Hall, Truro, Cornwall. 1918 or early 1920s

A crowd gathers to watch military personnel on Boscowan Street at the beginning of WWI. City Hall is visible in the background, advertising its performance of The Lost City.

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Clock Tower, atop City Hall, 1914

A photo showing damage to the clock tower following a fire which destroyed much of the structure in 1914.

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Radio Times, February 1955

A radio programme on BBC Radio detailing the songs and stories of The Public Rooms and City Hall, Truro. Broadcast in the South West at 7pm on 8th February 1955.

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Her Majesty The Queen Mother admires the magnolias, 1962

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Her Majesty The Queen Mother inspects the exhibits, 1962

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Flower Show at City Hall, 1959

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Judging the Constance Spry Cup Competition at City Hall, 1961

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Dick Whittington & His Cat poster

The poster is good example of theatre and design trends of the time. Full-colour and eyecatching with a focus on bold type of varying sizes, the poster was set and printed by G & Organ. G & M Organ were a highly prolific organisation specialising in wooden typographic design based in Bristol and known their work in producing theatre posters for theatres across the United Kingdom.

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Jack & The Beanstalk poster

The poster is good example of theatre and design trends of the time. Full-colour and eyecatching with a focus on bold type of varying sizes, the poster was set and printed by G & Organ. G & M Organ were a highly prolific organisation specialising in wooden typographic design based in Bristol and known their work in producing theatre posters for theatres across the United Kingdom.

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Summer Show handbill, City Hall

A selection of handbills pasted up on the walls backstage in the building at different times. The handbills, posters and cast lists were pasted on top of each other and left to fade away as new posters were added. Each poster shows changes in acts booked to perform at the hall, the changing tastes of the public and indeed the changing name of the building. It is alternately named as City Hall and its earlier name, the Regent Theatre within the posters. In-house bands such as the City Hall Trio are also named.

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A collection of handbills

A selection of handbills pasted up on the walls backstage in the building at different times. The handbills, posters and cast lists were pasted on top of each other and left to fade away as new posters were added. Each poster shows changes in acts booked to perform at the hall, the changing tastes of the public and indeed the changing name of the building. It is alternately named as City Hall and its earlier name, the Regent Theatre within the posters. In-house bands such as the City Hall Trio are also named.

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A handbill advertising Babes In The Wood pantomime performance at the 'Regent Truro'

A selection of handbills pasted up on the walls backstage in the building at different times. The handbills, posters and cast lists were pasted on top of each other and left to fade away as new posters were added. Each poster shows changes in acts booked to perform at the hall, the changing tastes of the public and indeed the changing name of the building. It is alternately named as City Hall and its earlier name, the Regent Theatre within the posters. In-house bands such as the City Hall Trio are also named.

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Robert Moreton at City Hall

A selection of handbills pasted up on the walls backstage in the building at different times. The handbills, posters and cast lists were pasted on top of each other and left to fade away as new posters were added. Each poster shows changes in acts booked to perform at the hall, the changing tastes of the public and indeed the changing name of the building. It is alternately named as City Hall from 1926 and its earlier name, the Regent Theatre within the posters. In-house bands such as the City Hall Trio are also named.

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Close up of Regent Theatre handbills

A selection of handbills pasted up on the walls backstage in the building at different times. The handbills, posters and cast lists were pasted on top of each other and left to fade away as new posters were added. Each poster shows changes in acts booked to perform at the hall, the changing tastes of the public and indeed the changing name of the building. It is alternately named as City Hall from 1926 and its earlier name, the Regent Theatre within the posters. In-house bands such as the City Hall Trio are also named.

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Babes In The Wood handbill

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Fashion Show I

In the later years of City Hall, the space was regularly hired for use by the public for a broad variety of functions. From fashion shows to flea markets, dances, balls, election counts, motor shows and baby bathing competitions, the hall (and its annex) has seen it all and played an important role in the civic life of the city.

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Fashion Show II

In the later years of City Hall, the space was regularly hired for use by the public for a broad variety of functions. From fashion shows to flea markets, dances, balls, election counts, motor shows and baby bathing competitions, the hall (and its annex) has seen it all and played an important role in the civic life of the city.

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Fashion Show III

In the later years of City Hall, the space was regularly hired for use by the public for a broad variety of functions. From fashion shows to flea markets, dances, balls, election counts, motor shows and baby bathing competitions, the hall (and its annex) has seen it all and played an important role in the civic life of the city.

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Fashion Show IV

In the later years of City Hall, the space was regularly hired for use by the public for a broad variety of functions. From fashion shows to flea markets, dances, balls, election counts, motor shows and baby bathing competitions, the hall (and its annex) has seen it all and played an important role in the civic life of the city.

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Fleamarkets at City Hall

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Rollerskating Rink at City Hall

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Truro from Lemon Bridge

Until the 1920s, the River Kenwyn ran through both Back Quay and Lemon Quay in the centre of Truro. The river ran immediately behind City Hall and was used for loading and offloading goods on a regular basis for the theatre and beyond. In the mid-1920s, the river was covered over as part of a processing of 'filling in' Back Quay. The river still runs through the city (as do a number of others) but the Piazza now sits on top of it. The Piazza has alternately been a carpark and open-space during WWII. It is now used as a civic space and is frequently host to markets and pop-ups throughout the year.

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Lemon Quay & Wesleyan College, Truro

Until the 1920s, the River Kenwyn ran through both Back Quay and Lemon Quay in the centre of Truro. The river ran immediately behind City Hall and was used for loading and offloading goods on a regular basis for the theatre and beyond. In the mid-1920s, the river was covered over as part of a processing of 'filling in' Back Quay. The river still runs through the city (as do a number of others) but the Piazza now sits on top of it. The Piazza has alternately been a carpark and open-space during WWII. It is now used as a civic space and is frequently host to markets and pop-ups throughout the year.

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How Cats Got Fleas

Stephen's recollections of Truro; 'Loved my visit to Truro in the early 1980s. I was studying photography at Nottingham Trent Polytechnic and a group of us were staying at the cottage of a tutor in the County. Came across this scene and had to take a frame. Particularly impressed that the Flea market was only 1p for entry and that went to charity. Whimsy is such a forgotten art, we need more cat shows and flea markets advertised together!'

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Under Truro's Clock

A stop motion animation film by year 2 children from Truro Learning Academy. The children worked with Artist film-maker Amanda Lorens and writer Rebecca Gregson to create this film. Based on stories from the the Hall for Cornwall archive. Made for Revealing City Hall, a Hall for Cornwall project developed with KEAP.

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Keeping Truro's Clock Ticking

An important Truro landmark, City Hall's clock tower has had an eventful past. A fire in 1914 almost destroyed the entirety of the tower although the clock itself was largely saved with its facade built back up around it. The clock's wheels, cogs and pulleys were built by J. Smith & Sons of Derby, specialists in manufacturing hand-wound turret clocks.

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City Hall's Clock I

An important Truro landmark, City Hall's clock tower has had an eventful past. A fire in 1914 almost destroyed the entirety of the tower although the clock itself was largely saved with its facade built back up around it. The clock's wheels, cogs and pulleys were built by J. Smith & Sons of Derby, specialists in manufacturing hand-wound turret clocks.

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City Hall's Clock II

An important Truro landmark, City Hall's clock tower has had an eventful past. A fire in 1914 almost destroyed the entirety of the tower although the clock itself was largely saved with its facade built back up around it. The clock's wheels, cogs and pulleys were built by J. Smith & Sons of Derby, specialists in manufacturing hand-wound turret clocks.

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Weights Case

Weights were used at the Stannary Courts (there were four Stannary Towns in Cornwall, in Truro, Helston, Launceston and Lostwithiel). The weights would be used to ascertain the weight and therefore the value of the tin brought to the courts from the tin mines within each town's district. Once the tin had been weight and valued, taxs and coinage would be paid at the local Coinage Hall and the tin would receive the stamp of the Stannary town. This weight case was manufactured in London by De Grave Short & Co Ltd. The case bears the inscription ' Manufacturers of Bullion, Assay and Chemical Balances, Scales, Weights & Measures.'

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Decorative Element of loft room at City Hall I

Painted decorative details on the walls of loft rooms inside City Hall, directly beneath the clocktower and above the Council Chambers. No longer in use, these rooms illustrate the tastes of the period when it came to furnishing the walls of a civic building and employ a trompe l'oeil or stencilled detail. These decorative details are the last clue as to the feel of the rooms prior to the fire of 1914 which destroyed the clock tower. These rooms were significantly more simple in decorative style than the rooms on lower floors (decorated in 1924-1927) which housed the mayoral chamber and courts. These rooms, on public display on a more regular basis, feature mouldings, ceiling roses and a far grander decorative scheme.

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Decorative Element of loft room at City Hall II

Painted decorative details on the walls of loft rooms inside City Hall, directly beneath the clocktower and above the Council Chambers. No longer in use, these rooms illustrate the tastes of the period when it came to furnishing the walls of a civic building and employ a trompe l'oeil or stencilled detail. These decorative details are the last clue as to the feel of the rooms prior to the fire of 1914 which destroyed the clock tower. These rooms were significantly more simple in decorative style than the rooms on lower floors (decorated in 1924-1927) which housed the mayoral chamber and courts. These rooms, on public display on a more regular basis, feature mouldings, ceiling roses and a far grander decorative scheme.

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Weights Case Detail

Detail from inside the weight case (ref HFC:2020:158) This weight case was manufactured in London by De Grave Short & Co Ltd. The case bears the inscription ' Manufacturers of Bullion, Assay and Chemical Balances, Scales, Weights & Measures.'

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We Need A Hall Campaign I

An active community campaign was launched in the early 1990s to spearhead the effort to fundraise and advocate for a permanent venue in Cornwall for the performing arts. City Hall was sited as the venue, and over a couple of years, the campaign was successful. The building which housed City Hall was partially re-configured to become Hall For Cornwall, opening in 1997.

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We Need A Hall Campaign II

An active community campaign was launched in the early 1990s to spearhead the effort to fundraise and advocate for a permanent venue in Cornwall for the performing arts. City Hall was sited as the venue, and over a couple of years, the campaign was successful. The building which housed City Hall was partially re-configured to become Hall For Cornwall, opening in 1997.

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We Need A Hall Campaign III

An active community campaign was launched in the early 1990s to spearhead the effort to fundraise and advocate for a permanent venue in Cornwall for the performing arts. City Hall was sited as the venue, and over a couple of years, the campaign was successful. The building which housed City Hall was partially re-configured to become Hall For Cornwall, opening in 1997.

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We Need A Hall Campaign IV

An active community campaign was launched in the early 1990s to spearhead the effort to fundraise and advocate for a permanent venue in Cornwall for the performing arts. City Hall was sited as the venue, and over a couple of years, the campaign was successful. The building which housed City Hall was partially re-configured to become Hall For Cornwall, opening in 1997.

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Damage to City Hall's roof and clock tower

During the fire at City Hall, a number of the municipal rooms were destroyed as well as a substantial collection of artwork belonging to the council. The efforts of the volunteer fire brigade meant that there were not greater losses sustained to property in the aftermath of the fire.

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Roof From South Side

During the fire at City Hall, a number of the municipal rooms were destroyed as well as a substantial collection of artwork belonging to the council. The efforts of the volunteer fire brigade meant that there were not greater losses sustained to property in the aftermath of the fire.

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Souvenir programme cover for Ruddigore at City Hall

A Gilbert and Sullivan collaboration, Ruddigore, or "The Witch's Curse", is set in the fishing village of Rederring in Cornwall and tells the story of the cursed Baronet brothers who must commit a crime every day to avoid a painful death. The comic opera ran for 288 performances at the Savoy Theatre in 1887 before eventually being revived in 1920 to critical acclaim. Although initially regarded as a failure by critics, the opera soon proved to be a success after running for 8 consecutive months and amassing a total of £7,000. Directed by Mr. Gordon Hall, the opera was performed at City Hall by the T.A.O.D.S between the 19th and 23rd of January 1926.

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Souvenir programme cover for The Rebel Maid at the County Theatre Truro

The Rebel Maid was performed at the County Theatre Truro by the T.A.O.D.S between the 12th and 16th of March 1929. Produced with great success in London in 1921, it tells the story of Lady Mary, "The Rebel Maid", who's secretly engaged in obtaining the support of local fishermen to overthrow King James II. The opera was directed and produced by Mr. and Mrs. Gordon Hall whilst Mr. Ellery and Mr. Farley managed the stage and scenery. An illustration of the title character is displayed on the cover. There is also more information inside the programme including advertisements, details of future performances and cast listings.

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Programme advertisement for Criddle and Smith Ltd

An advertisement for Criddle and Smith Ltd within the programme for The Rebel Maid production at the County Theatre Truro. Situated within the new arcade on Nicholas Street, the advertisement for 'The Furnishers of Cornwall' desrcibes it as 'the home of quality furniture' and exhibits a photograph of the shop as it existed in 1929.

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Programme advertisement for Furniss and Co., Ltd

An advertisement for Furniss and Co Ltd within the programme for The Rebel Maid production at the County Theatre Truro. Founded in Truro in 1886, Furniss biscuit boxes soon became a standard feature in shops across Cornwall. Adorned with the royal coat of arms, the advertisement reads 'original makers of the celebrated Cornish ginger bread.'

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Programme cover for Utopia Ltd at County Theatre Truro

Utopia Ltd, or "The Flowers of Progress", is a Gilbert and Sullivan opera centred around Princess Zara, the eldest daughter of King Paramount of Utopia, after she has been sent to England in the hope that her training there will contribute to her fathers master plan. The opera was performed by the T.A.O.D.S at the County Theatre Truro between the 1st and 5th of February 1927. This performance was directed by Mr. Gordon Hall who was the director of music for a number of T.A.O.D.S performances at the theatre in this period.

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Programme advertisement for the Cornish chemist T.B. Percy Ltd

The advertisement promotes Percy's Rennet as 'the best rennet obatainable' to make an irresistable Junket with. Rennet is the enzyme obtained from a calf's stomach which is used in the cheesemaking process to coagulate milk and is the magic ingredient in Junket puddings. Although a dish savoured only for the well to do in medieval times, Junket had become a relatively cheap and accessible family staple by the 1920s.

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Illustrated souvenir programme cover for Call Me Madam at City Hall Truro

Call Me Madam was performed by TAODS at City Hall Truro in 1972. This souvenir programme features an illustration of the lead character Mrs. Sally Adams and the distinctive logo of the three spires of Truro Cathedral. The American flag on the cover is reference to the fact that the musical is set in 1950s America and satires its political landscape and foreign policy affairs. The programme also celebrates the diamond jubilee of TAODS who formed in 1912.

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The Lisbon Story poster

The TAODS performance of The Lisbon Story ran from the 14th of November at the Regent Theatre Truro in 1949. It was produced and choreographed by Mavis Ward who was accompanied by Gordon Hall as musical director. Both Mavis and Gordon were prolific in the shows they produced and directed for the TAODS. This specific performance was the first West Country premiere of the musical. Printed by David R. Poland of Truro, the poster is an interesting example of post-war theatre and design trends. It's bold text, eye catching colour and type of varying sizes is accompanied by a cast list and prices of tickets for prospective audiences to survey and was typical of the time. This theatrical poster was typeset and printed by David Poland Printing Services in Truro.

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Illustrated souvenir programme cover for Bless the Bride, 1983

A Vivian Ellis and A.P. Herbert muscial, Bless the Bride tells the story of an English girl who marries a French actor in which she has been led to believe has been killed in action during the Franco Prussian War. The musical was performed by the TAODS at City Hall Truro in November 1983. This programme cover features an illustration of a married couple with an accompanying decorative border and bold modern text.

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Programme cover for 42nd Street at City Hall Truro

42nd Street is a musical based on the 1930s novel by Bradford Ropes and the subsequent film adaptation of the same era. The show centres on the efforts of a famed director to successfully mount an extravagent stage production during the worse years of the Great Depression. The programme cover for the 1995 TAODS production of the musical features the distinctive cathedral inspired logo of the society along with bold and striking text to convey the name, place and time of performance.

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Poster advertising Camelot at City Hall

Camelot was performed by the TAODS at City Hall Truro between the 1st and 6th of November, 1993. It was co-directed by Joan and John Boreham who were accompanied by Hubert Julian as musical director. In contrast to earlier advertisements for TAODS productions, this poster contains less detailed text in favour of a larger title and illustration. The T.A.O.D.S iconic logo inspired by the spires of Truro Cathedral also features.

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Poster advertising Seven Brides for Seven Brothers at City Hall

Advertising a performance of Seven Brides for Seven Brothers at City Hall, this poster is an interesting example of the changes in design trends throughout the history of TAODS performances. Illustrations, eye catching colour and modern fonts contrast with earlier production posters which had simpler designs.

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Poster advertising Showboat at City Hall

Advertising the TAODS performance of Showboat at City Hall in November 1992, this poster is an interesting example of the progression in theatre design that had resulted in sophisticated and modern advertisements by the end of the century.

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Souvenir programme cover for Jolly Roger at The Regent Theatre Truro, 1937.

First performed in 1933, the Jolly Roger musical is set in Jamaica in 1690 and follows the events that follow in the aftermath of Jolly Roger's arrest after being accused of piracy. The T.A.O.D.S staged a production of the musical at the Regent Theatre Truro between the 26th and 30th of October 1937. The show was produced by Arthur R. Hendy, who was accompanied by Bertram Lightbown as musical director.

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Programme advertisement for Blewett's Bakers and T. Mutton & Son Butchers

Both situated in Victoria Square Truro, the advertisement boasts that Blewett's bake the 'best bread in town' and that T. Mutton & Son's provide 'high class English meat.' The design and tone of the promotions are typical of the advertisements which featured in theatre programmes at the time. They also showcase the design trends which characterised commerical promotions during the inter-war period.

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Programme advertisement

This advertisement in the programme for the 1937 TAODS production of Jolly Roger promotes three different Truro businesses, including a teacher of pianoforte, organ and theory, a men's hairdressers and a building and contractors. These advertisements document the changes that have occured in shopping trends, advertising and ways of life since 1937.

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Souvenir programme cover for The Count of Como at The Regent Theatre Truro, 1933

A comic opera in two acts, The Count of Como is set in the fictional 'Oblivia' and follows the events that unfold in the aftermath of the betrothal of the Grand Duke Otto's daughter with the 'rich but ridiculous' Crown Prince. The T.A.O.D.S staged their own production of the opera at the Regent Theatre Truro between the 21st and 25th of February, 1933. It was produced under the sole direction of Elsie A. Hall who was accompanied by Gordon Hall as musical director. The scenery was 'specially painted' by E. I. Ellery of Truro, who had extensively photographed a large number of the local aristocracy in the first two decades of the 1900s. Mr. Ellery was also the scenic artist and stage manager for the society and had painted the scenery for its productions since its formation. The dresses and wigs for the production were made by B. J. Simmons & Co., London who were best known for their historical costume designs. Daintily decorated, the programme is in keeping with the art-deco design trends of the era.

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Souvenir programme cover for The Gondoliers at The Regent Theatre Truro, 1936

The Gondoliers is the twelfth collaboration by Gilbert and Sullivan and is set in the fictional kingdom of Barataria. The comic opera follows the events which unfold when the young bride of the heir to the throne arrives in Venice. Premiering at the Savoy Theatre in 1889, it successively ran for 554 performances which, at that time, made it the fifth longest-running piece of musical theatre in history. The T.A.O.D.S staged their own production of the opera at the Regent Theatre Truro between the 11th and 15th of February, 1936. It was produced by Miss. Vera Ware who was accompanied by Mr. Bertram Lightbown as director of music.

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Mr. E. I. Ellery

Pictured in this programme page is Mr E. I. Ellery who had extensively photographed a large number of the local aristocracy in the first two decades of the 1900s. Mr. Ellery was also the scenic artist and stage manager for the society and had painted the scenery for its productions since its formation. Also pictured is a photograph from a previous TAODS production of The Mikado.

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Programme cover for Trial by Jury and The Pirates of Penzance at The County Theatre Truro, 1931

Both comic operas by Gilbert and Sullivan, the TAODS production of Trial By Jury and The Pirates of Penzance ran at The County Theatre Truro between the 3rd and 7th of February 1931. Included in the programme is the statement that 'to write a synopsis of this essentially Gilbertian Dramatic Cantata is almost a sacriledge: The words and the humour are so rich...'

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Programme cover for Doctor at Sea at City Hall Truro, 1965

Written by Ted Willis, Doctor at Sea is a farsical comedy in three acts. It was performed at City Hall Truro by the TAODS between the 10th and 13th of March, 1965 and was directed by John Knight. The cover features the distinctive cathedral inspired logo of TAODS against a colourful background and bold border.

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City Hall 1995

City Hall is a grade II listed building that was completed in 1846. Built to house the headquarters of the local council, the north end of the complex accommodated the municipal buildings, which included a courtroom and a council chamber, while the south end accommodated a market hall. The clocktower was installed on the Boscawen Street frontage in 1858 and in 1877, when Truro became a city, the complex was renamed Truro City Hall.

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Inside City Hall 1995 (1)

City Hall is a grade II listed building that was completed in 1846. Built to house the headquarters of the local council, the north end of the complex accommodated the municipal buildings, which included a courtroom and a council chamber, while the south end accommodated a market hall. In the early 20th century, civic leaders decided to make the market hall available for public use. In 1907, it operated as a skating rink and then as a cinema in 1912. In 1925, the market hall was remodelled as a theatre with a stage after a fire had gutted the building in 1914.

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Inside City Hall 1995 (2)

City Hall is a grade II listed building that was completed in 1846. Built to house the headquarters of the local council, the north end of the complex accommodated the municipal buildings, which included a courtroom and a council chamber, while the south end accommodated a market hall. In the early 20th century, civic leaders decided to make the market hall available for public use. In 1907, it operated as a skating rink and then as a cinema in 1912. In 1925, the market hall was remodelled as a theatre with a stage after a fire had gutted the building in 1914.

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Inside City Hall 1995 (3)

City Hall is a grade II listed building that was completed in 1846. Built to house the headquarters of the local council, the north end of the complex accommodated the municipal buildings, which included a courtroom and a council chamber, while the south end accommodated a market hall. In the early 20th century, civic leaders decided to make the market hall available for public use. In 1907, it operated as a skating rink and then as a cinema in 1912. In 1925, the market hall was remodelled as a theatre with a stage after a fire had gutted the building in 1914.

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Inside City Hall 1995(4)

City Hall is a grade II listed building that was completed in 1846. Built to house the headquarters of the local council, the north end of the complex accommodated the municipal buildings, which included a courtroom and a council chamber, while the south end accommodated a market hall. In the early 20th century, civic leaders decided to make the market hall available for public use. In 1907, it operated as a skating rink and then as a cinema in 1912. In 1925, the market hall was remodelled as a theatre with a stage after a fire had gutted the building in 1914.

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City Hall backstage 1995 (1)

This photograph captures the lighting control gantry where the backstage crew controlled the stage lighting for productions and performances at City Hall. At this time, plans were in place to develop Hall for Cornwall with plans to greatly enhance the facilities and technical equipment for staff working at the hall.

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City Hall backstage 1995 (2)

The T.A.O.D.S had their own backstage crew as well as actors, producers and musical directors. This photograph captures the props area at City Hall where the T.A.O.D.S backstage crew would store the props for their productions.

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City Hall backstage 1995 (3)

The TAODS had their own backstage crew as well as actors, producers and musical directors. This photograph captures the area where the backstage crew would operate.

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City Hall hall stage

This photo shows an interesting perspective on the old City Hall at the beginning of the 1990s. From the very back of the hall, the old projection room was used to light concerts, plays and project imagery during its time as a cinema in the early 20th century.

City Hall is a grade II listed building that was completed in 1846. Built to house the headquarters of the local council, the north end of the complex accommodated the municipal buildings, which included a courtroom and a council chamber, while the south end accommodated a market hall. In the early 20th century, civic leaders decided to make the market hall available for public use. In 1907, it operated as a skating rink and then as a cinema in 1912. In 1925, the market hall was remodelled as a theatre with a stage after a fire had gutted the building in 1914.

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The old projection room at City Hall

City Hall is a grade II listed building that was completed in 1846. Built to house the headquarters of the local council, the north end of the complex accommodated the municipal buildings, which included a courtroom and a council chamber, while the south end accommodated a market hall. In the early 20th century, civic leaders decided to make the market hall available for public use. In 1907, it operated as a skating rink and then as a cinema in 1912. In 1925, the market hall was remodelled as a theatre with a stage after a fire had gutted the building in 1914. The projection room, seen here in the early 1990s, would initially have been used during City Hall's time as a cinema. The space was alternatively used to store lighting equipment and project from during gigs and concerts in the 1950s - 1990s.

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Old posters from past productions at the Regent Theatre (1)

Several old posters of past performances at City Hall were discovered during the first Hall for Cornwall build between 1995-97. However, due to being firmly glued onto the wall, they were unfortunately not able to be preserved. This poster was created by G & M Organ Theatrical Printers who regularly created theatre posters for City Hall in the 1950s - 1960s. Alan Kitching, the typographer and graphic artist who has created our Performance Timeline bought the entirety of the Wrington Press when G & M Organ closed their business in the mid-1990s. This poster is a good example of the hierachy of type used to denote headline acts as well as less well known support acts.

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Old posters from past productions at the Regent Theatre (2)

Several old posters of past performances at City Hall were discovered during the first Hall for Cornwall build between 1995-97. However, due to being firmly glued onto the wall, they were unfortunately not able to be preserved. These posters are a good example of changing fashions with regards to typography and design. Visible on the right hand side is a pasted up image used to advertise Babes in the Wood, a classic pantomime popular in the early- mid 20th Century. These images would be ordered from brochures produced annually by theatrical printers like G & M Organ. Theatres would receive the image and then set type around it for the specific dates of their performance.

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Old posters from past productions at the Regent Theatre (3)

Several old posters of past performances at City Hall were discovered during the first Hall for Cornwall build between 1995-97. However, due to being firmly glued onto the wall, they were unfortunately not able to be preserved.

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Festival of Community Arts (1)

Kernow Bys Vyken means Cornwall Forever. In the early 2000s, an initiative launced across Cornwall to celebrate the story and spirit of the county and to raise awareness of its history. As one of many participating institutions, Hall for Cornwall launced A Festival of Community Arts which commissioned a series of performances and events which responded to this agenda.

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Cornwall Youth Music Action Zone

Cornwall Youth Music Action Zone (CYMAZ) was a registered charity which provided extra curricular music workshops for young people who wouldn't otherwise have access to such initiatives. CYMAZ used trained community musicians to work with disengaged and disaffected young people up to the age of 19. Hall for Cornwall would regularly play host to these workshops and conduct them in collaboration with CYMAZ.

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Kernow Voice

Hall for Cornwall runs a variety of community outreach and artistic performance programmes. Kernow Voice was a Hall for Cornwall project funded by the Community Education and Participatory Arts Department and offered the oppurtunity for children aged 9-14 to participate in singing and voice workshops at the hall.

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The Shell Seekers

The Shell Seekers is a 1987 best selling novel by Rosamunde Pilcher. Set in Cornwall and London between the Second World War and present day, it tells the story of Penelope Keeling who examines her past and her relationships with her adult children. The play was staged at Hall for Cornwall between the 8th and 13th of March, 2004.

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Programme cover for Cinderella at Hall for Cornwall, 2002

The Cinderella pantomine has been regularly staged at Hall for Cornwall throughout the theatre's history. With the main characters of Fairy Godmother, the Ugly Sisters, Widow Twanky and Buttons, the pantomine follows the misfortunes of Cinderella until good finally trumps evil and she marries her Prince Charming. The pantomine was again staged at Hall for Cornwall in 2002 and ran between the 13th of December and the 12th of January.

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Programme cover for Wizard of Oz at Hall for Cornwall, 2003

The Wizard of Oz stage shows are based on the 1900 novel 'The Wonderful Wizard of Oz' by L. Frank Baum. Although usually produced as a musical, The Wizard of Oz was staged as a pantomine at Hall for Cornwall between the 12th of December 2003 and the 11th of January 2004.

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Programme cover for Peter Pan at Hall for Cornwall, 2004

Peter Pan was staged at Hall for Cornwall between the 11th of December 2004 and the 9th of January 2005 in association with The Hiss and Boo Company Ltd. The design of the programme cover features a hand drawn image of Captain Hook and his ship.

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Programme cover for The Shell Seekers at Hall for Cornwall, 2004

The Shell Seekers is a 1987 best selling novel by Rosamunde Pilcher. Set in Cornwall and London between the Second World War and present day, it tells the story of Penelope Keeling who examines both her past and her relationships with her adult children. The play was staged at Hall for Cornwall between the 8th and 13th of March, 2004.

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Snow White education activity pack

The Snow White pantomine was staged at Hall for Cornwall between the 10th of December 2005 and the 8th of January 2006. An education activity pack was created by the Hall's education officer for children to engage with the performance.

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Programme cover for Avenue Q at Hall for Cornwall, 2011

Avenue Q is a musical comedy that features both puppets and human actors. The unconcealed puppeteers, costumed human actors and puppets all visibly interact on stage; a format which parodies Sesame Street. The production was staged at Hall for Cornwall between the 22nd and 26th of February during its 2011 U.K. tour.

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Souvenir programme cover for Cinderella at Hall for Cornwall, 2013/14

The Cinderella pantomine has been regularly staged at Hall for Cornwall throughout the theatre's history. With the main characters of Fairy Godmother, the Ugly Sisters, Widow Twanky and Buttons, the pantomine follows the misfortunes of Cinderella until good finally trumps evil and she marries her Prince Charming. The pantomine was staged at Hall for Cornwall in 2013 and ran between the 15th of December and the 11th of January. The production featured Granville Saxton and Daniel Cane as the Ugly Sisters, Nichola Lagan as Cinderella and Dean Nolan as Buttons.

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Programme cover for Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra at Hall for Cornwall, 2014

The Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra was founded in 1893. On the 25th of September 2014, the orchestra performed at Hall for Cornwall as part of the theatre's 'International Concert Series 14/15.' The performance was conducted by Frank Zielhorst and featured the violin soloist Bartosz Woroch.

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Programme cover for Calamity Jane at Hall for Cornwall, 2014

A comic musical adapted from the celebrated original stage play and film, this performance of Calamity Jane was staged at Hall for Cornwall between the 28th of October and the 1st of November 2018. It was produced by The Watermill Theatre in association with Jamie Wilson, Paul Elliott and Duncan C Weldon. The musical featured a stellar cast with Jodie Prenger playing the title character and Rob Delaney playing the role of Francis Fryer.

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Souvenir programme cover for Robin Hood at Hall for Cornwall, 2014/15

The Robin Hood pantomine was staged at and produced by Hall for Cornwall between the 9th of December and the 4th of January 2014/15. The production cast included Granville Saxton as the sheriff which features on this programme cover.

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Programme cover for Dick Whittington and his Mousehole Cat at Hall for Cornwall, 2015/16

Hall for Cornwall staged it's own production of the Dick Whittington pantomine between the 6th of December and 3rd of January 2015/16. The story follows a young Dick Whittington and his Mousehole cat as he leaves Cornwall in search of riches. The pantomine was produced by Simon Harvey who has directed HfC's Christmas shows since 2015. The production featured Harry Potter actor Granville Saxton as Alderman Fitzwarren and Cornwall's very own comedy star Kernow King, otherwise known as Edward Rowe. Hall for Cornwall's very own Kimberley Healey featured as the Mousehole Cat.

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Mr and Mrs Arbon and the Cornwall Youth Orchestra

Dennis Arbon was an unwavering supporter and eventual trustee of Hall for Cornwall. His relationship with HfC began in the 1990s when he stepped in to make considerable financial donations to the theatre, its associated organisations and fundraising campaigns. He was then appointed to the venue's board in the late 1990’s and served for four years as Chair, helping in the process to secure the future of the theatre during a period of significant financial difficulty. Dennis was awarded an MBE for his outstanding services and philanthropic contributions to the arts and the community in Cornwall in 2013.

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Plan of Truro new public hall, 1924

City Hall was built in 1846 to house the headquarters of the local council. In the early 20th century, civic leaders decided to make the market hall at the rear of the complex available for public use. This resulted in the market hall operating as a skating rink in 1907 and then as a cinema in 1912. The market hall was then remodelled as a theatre with a stage in 1925. This plan from 1924 details the partitioned space within the main body of the hall. In addition it shows the location of the fire station, kitchens, annex foyers and markets. Many of the partition walls still stand today, although the uses of the rooms has changed enormously to house Hall for Cornwall theatre and its auditorium, the Cornwall Playhouse.

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Lemon Quay, 1905

This postcard photograph was printed by Glasney Press at number 28a High Street, Falmouth and captures the River Kenwyn running through Back Quay and Lemon Quay before it was filled in during the mid-1920s. During this time, the position of Truro on the river gave it an important role in the ongoing transport and trade of tin and copper around the country, as well as receiving goods which were then delivered across the county. City Hall itself was located in a prime position along the river and was able to welcome fish, livestock and other goods to its green, wet and fatstock markets through the doors of Back Quay entrance.

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Filling in Back Quay (1)

The River Kenwyn ran through both Back Quay and Lemon Quay in the centre of Truro until the 1920s. Running immediately behind City Hall, the river proved a useful vantage point for the recievership of goods that arrived and departed on the boats which docked at the quays during the 19th century. The river was eventually covered over between 1923-1926 as part of the process of 'filling in' Back Quay. In the mid-20th century, the piazza was used alternately as a car park for a car dealership as well as a public car park during the 1980s-1990s. In the 1990s council chose to utilise the open space as a civic meeting spot for fairs, cattle markets and festivals.

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Filling in Back Quay (2)

The River Kenwyn ran through both Back Quay and Lemon Quay in the centre of Truro until the 1920s. Running immediately behind City Hall, the river proved a useful vantage point for the recievership of goods that arrived and departed on the boats which docked at the quays during the 19th century. The river was eventually covered over in the 1920s as part of the process of 'filling in' Back Quay.

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Back Quay c. 1995-97

In 1995, enough funds had finally been raised to begin the refurbishment of City Hall. This photograph shows the River Kenwyn as it's sent into it's cover underneath Back Quay. Until the 1920s, the River Kenwyn ran through both Back Quay and Lemon Quay until the river was covered over as part of the process of 'filling in' Back Quay. Also visible in the background are the cranes operating on the refurbishment of City Hall prior to its opening as Hall for Cornwall in 1997.

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Refurbishment of City Hall

In 1995, enough funds had finally been raised to begin the refurbishment of City Hall. This photograph, as taken from Back Quay, exhibits the front exterior of City Hall during the refurbishment process. Also visible is the neighbouring exterior of the Market Inn facade. A crane lifts in a key part of the steel structure which formed the balcony seating in the auditorium. The crane was able to life in key pieces of new infrastructure through the roofspace which was completely refurbished above the auditorium during this process.

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Flea market stall layout

City Hall was built in 1846 to house the headquarters of the local council. In the early 20th century, civic leaders decided to make the market hall at the rear of the complex available for public use. This resulted in the market hall operating as a skating rink in 1907 and then as a cinema in 1912. The market hall was then remodelled as a theatre with a stage in 1925 and, following a period of neglect in the 1960s, served as a flea market in the 1970s. This image is a sketch of the layout of stalls for the flea market which was held at City Hall on Saturday the 30th of March c. 1990. Each highlighted number corresponds with a stall holder who had paid a fee to sell at the market. The flea markets took place regularly underneath the huge granite pillars of the Boscawan side of the building and are an example of the myriad uses City Hall had for the people of Truro.

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Hall for Cornwall, 1998

After undergoing major refurbishment in the mid 1990s, a large part of City Hall reopended as Hall for Cornwall in 1997. This photograph is the view of the newly refurbished exterior of the hall from Boscawen Street, above which sits the council offices. Visible in the photo is the Tourist Information office which was housed within the arches of City Hall adjacent to the space occupied by flea markets.

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City Hall refurbishment

Husa at Hall for Cornwall is a co-working space for Cornish creatives, entrepreneurs, social enterprises, freelancers and small businesses that's situated in the south wing of the building. This photograph was taken during the refurbishments of City Hall in the mid 1990s and features the space above what would eventually become the Husa space.

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Benjamin Luxon CBE

Benjamin Luxon was the honorary president of the Music Theatre Kernow during the 1990s. Before this, he had enjoyed a successful career as a baritone and had toured the world as an equally renowned recitalist, concert, opera and folk singer. In the late 1980s, Ben bought City Hall's 125 year lease for £1.00 from Carrick District Council at a point when its physical decline was reaching the point of no return. The plan was to then return the complex to a performance venue by launching a series of high profile, community led campaigns to secure funding for the renovations. Ben subsequently played an instrumental part in the community campaign to fundraise and eventually bring about the reopening of Hall For Cornwall in 1997. Visible in the background of this photo was a sign detailing how much money had been raised as part of this initial campaign.

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Ann Jennings, Ben Luxon CBE and Chris Warner

Pictured in this photograph is Ann Jennings who ran the flea markets at City Hall, HfC's director Chris Warner and Ben Luxon who bought City Hall's 125 year lease for £1.00 from Carrick District Council in the 1980s. The number they are pictured holding is The Hall for Cornwall Trust charity number.

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A music event at City Hall (1)

In the early 20th century, civic leaders decided to make City Hall's market hall available for public use. Since then, the Hall has operated as an extremely flexible and versatile arts, performance and events venue and has held many a function during its 100 year history as a public space. This photograph is from a music event which was held at the Hall in the period 1993-94. Taken from the back of the theatre space, it showcases the interior architecture of the Hall's vaulted roof on Doric columns whilst also conveying the electric atmosphere of the packed space.

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A music event at City Hall (2)

In the early 20th century, civic leaders decided to make City Hall's market hall available for public use. Since then, the Hall has operated as an extremely flexible and versatile arts, performance and events venue and has held many a function during its 100 year history as a public space. This photograph features the bar staff replenishing the till during a musical performance in the former market hall space, c. 1993-94.

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A music event at City Hall (3)

In the early 20th century, civic leaders decided to make City Hall's market hall available for public use. Since then, the Hall has operated as an extremely flexible and versatile arts, performance and events venue and has held many a function during its 100 year history as a public space. This is photograph features the bar in the market hall space during a music event in the period 1993-94.

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A music event at City Hall (4)

In the early 20th century, civic leaders decided to make City Hall's market hall available for public use. Since then, the Hall has operated as an extremely flexible and versatile arts, performance and events venue and has held many a function during its 100 year history as a public space. This photograph is from a music event which was held at the Hall in the period 1993-94 shortly before the space was overhauled entirely to become Hall for Cornwall. These music events were relatively low key and followed on from the popular Rock N Rhythm and skiffle competitions held at the hall in the 1970s which attracted audiences from all over Cornwall.

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A music event at City Hall (5)

In the early 20th century, civic leaders decided to make City Hall's market hall available for public use. Since then, the Hall has operated as an extremely flexible and versatile arts, performance and events venue and has held many a function during its 100 year history as a public space. This photograph is from a music event which was held at the Hall in the period 1993-94. As well as showing the original layout of the performance area of the building, it also shows contemporary fashions of the time and is an interesting reminder of an era in which smoking inside as a spectator was commonplace. 

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A music event at City Hall (6)

In the early 20th century, civic leaders decided to make City Hall's market hall available for public use. Since then, the Hall has operated as an extremely flexible and versatile arts, performance and events venue and has held many a function during its 100 year history as a public space. This photograph is from a music event which was held at the Hall in the period 1993-94.

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