About the Jubilee Pool Stories project

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Garfield Hall, Penlee House Gallery & Museum, Penzance © The Artist's Estate

Jubilee Pool is the UK's largest surviving open air, tidal swimming pool and is situated in Penzance, Cornwall. Much loved since it opened in 1935, the striking Grade II listed lido stirs vivid memories for a wide cross-section of people and holds a wealth of social and community history.

Jubilee Pool Stories was a three-year, community-focused, creative heritage project to collect, digitise, interpret and share the pool's rich cultural archive. The  project resulted in the Jubilee Pool online archive, a new book Jubilee Pool Stories: Reflections on Penzance's Seawater Lido  and new films / media work inspired by the pool and the archive.

The archive, developed with the input from many volunteers (the Jubilee Pool Stories Research Group), includes hundreds of photos, artefacts, oral histories, films, animations and creative interpretations of the pool. The project worked with local school children, students from Penwith College and Falmouth University and artists in Cornwall and connected with artists around the UK to celebrate our beautiful lido and create new artwork about it. 

Jubilee Pool Stories was produced by awen productions and artists Jane Bailey and Lou Brett with partners Jubilee Pool PenzanceFalmouth UniversityPenwith College and The Lux London.

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This project is made possible with funding by:

Funders logos - Arts Council, Heritage Fund, Tanner Trust, Falmouth University