Photographer Harry Penhaul (1914 – 1957) dedicated his life to documenting the events and everyday lives of local people. After the war, he worked as a freelance press photographer for The Cornishman newspaper, earning the affectionate nickname of ‘Flash Harry’. This selection of work from the archive of Penhaul’s work at Penlee House shows what life was like for people on the Penwith Peninsula in the 20th century. There is still plenty more to discover and we’re hoping that visitors to the exhibition can help! This is a chance for everyone to learn more about this historic collection and to shed new light on these wonderful images.
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