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'When the Whales Came' memorabilia wanted

Bryher's Community Association is looking for photos, anecdotes and artefacts from the film When the Whales Came for a mini-museum in its phone box.

The film, starring Helen Mirren and Paul Schofield, was based on Michael Morpurgo's book, which was set on Bryher. It shot on the island in 1988 and featured local Helen Pearce in one of the main roles, as well as many other islanders as extras.

The movie was released in early 1989 and the Town Hall was turned into a temporary cinema so that islanders could see the finished result.

Now Bryher Community Association will transform the telephone box in the town into a mini-museum to celebrate the film's 30th anniversary.

Issy Tibbs explained. "So many people were involved on all the islands it would be wonderful to see any digital pictures or hear stories. There was a big auction at the end of the film so islanders could buy props and it would be lovely to hear if people have still go the props and what they are used for."

The museum will be a permanent fixture in the phone box, which the community bought from BT for £1 in March 2017. It will house a different Bryher-themed display every year.

The Community Association is also hoping to hold other events to celebrate the film’s anniversary, including guided walks.

Anyone wishing to contribute to the museum is asked to email Issy at

The Old Town Inn on St Mary's screens When the Whales Came every week during the tourist season.


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