BODMIN’S SECOND WORLD WAR IN PICTURES

VJ Day in Bodmin 1945

Every Friday, we will share a photo from the George Ellis collection held at Kresen Kernow on our social media channels: Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

A professional press photographer, Mr Ellis documented news stories and community events from the mid 1940s until the 1970s.


His collection of images held at Kresen Kernow is a wonderful record of community life in Cornwall during the second half of the twentieth century – from village fetes, agricultural shows and weddings to capturing historic moments which affected our county in the Second World War.


George Ellis moved to Cornwall from London during the Second World War. The collection focuses primarily on mid-Cornwall but also includes images from right across the Duchy.

The George Ellis Collection was given to Kresen Kernow upon George’s retirement in the 1980s and as part of our WWII project work and with permission from Kresen Kernow we would like to share some of these wonderful images, which will culminate in a FREE community event on the weekend of 4th and 5th September at the Old Library in Bodmin, where all weekend there will be a BODMIN’S SECOND WORLD WAR IN PICTURES rolling slideshow of unique photographs of the local area during the Second World War, taken by the Bodmin photographer George Ellis.

We are grateful to Kresen Kernow for collaborating with us on this project to digitise over 100 photographs of Bodmin in the Second World War.

Find out more about the FREE community event here: