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Morrab Library Photographic Archive


Though not herself Cornish, Serena Wadham had established strong ties there by the 1950s, often staying at Bohemia, Georgia, a few miles from St Ives, where some of her earliest work was done.  Even after she settled in London she returned frequently, and after her retirement in 1987 she lived at Middle Georgia Farm.  In her heyday she would travel around the district by bicycle or motorbike, often appearing at the Engine Inn at Cripplesease (where she was known by her maiden name of "Miss Mills") in full leather gear.  Although she became reclusive towards the end of her life, Serena's Cornish photographs suggest a warm and easy relationship with her farming neighbours.