New book delves into the history and stories of Penzance’s Jubilee Pool

A new book tracing the history and stories of Penzance’s famous Jubilee Pool has been published.

Celebrating the famous Art Deco lido, Jubilee Pool Stories is a three-year participatory heritage project that has brought together a wide range of contributors to produce a collection of inspired works.

The results include a creative archive website and a beautiful new book, Jubilee Pool Stories: Reflections on Penzance’s Seawater Lido.

Showcasing films, audio postcards, oral histories and over 600 specially digitized and cataloged images, along with animation produced by Penwith College and Falmouth University, the project explored the prehistory of the pool and its opening to 1935 to its modern geothermal innovations.

The book complements a three-year program to tell the story of the Jubilee Pool

It also featured an exhibition at the Exchange Gallery, a lecture program, two artist film screenings, five short documentaries, a group of experimental audio pieces, and four new media responses to the pool.

Now a new book has been released to complement the three-year project and ensure it has a lasting legacy as well.

Illustrated with archival photographs, the book examines the swimming pool’s acclaimed architecture, its central role in the lives of local people and swimming culture, and its stature as an internationally renowned entertainment palace.

Jane Bailey, one of the project’s producers and co-editor of the book, said: “We are delighted that this multi-authored work brings together the voices and perspectives of writers, photographers, historians, architects. and artists, with the stories of people who just love the pool.

Co-editor and contributor Hannah May, who officially opened the new geothermal pool last August with her family in honor of her late grandmother, swimmer and pool enthusiast, Joyce Cooper, added: Was a immense joy, and the book emphasizes the intergenerational importance of the swimming pool.

“What also struck me throughout the production of the book was how the supporters of the pool campaigned tirelessly for its survival in the wake of the devastating storms and funding cuts, and fiercely continue. to do.”

The book is currently available for purchase at the pool counter and in their online store at

It’s also available at The Edge of the World bookstore in Penzance.

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