Step through the unassuming doors of Helston Museum for a truly breath-taking surprise – the sheer size of the museum is completely unexpected. This lovely old fashioned museum, housed in the town’s historic Market Buildings, is spread over five display halls on three floors, and the thousands of objects will keep you fascinated, entertained, and coming back for more! The museum houses one of the largest social history collections in the South West, and ranges from archaeological evidence of the earliest settlers to the Lizard Peninsula, to a fully stocked 1950s kitchen.
Come and learn about Helston’s famous inventor, Henry Trengrouse, whose ingenuity helped to save thousands of lives!
The Museum hires handling boxes in a wide range of subjects for schools and groups. €¢ World War One €¢ World War Two €¢ Holidays €¢ Domestic Home Life €¢ Toys €¢ Archaeology €¢ Materials €¢ Cleaning Technology €¢ Weighing and Measuring €¢ Lighting €¢ Fishing and Farming €¢ Reminiscence
Victorian School Room
A product of partnership working between the Royal Cornwall Museum and Helston Folk Museum, this activity takes place in the reconstructed Victorian Schoolroom at Helston. Pupils take on the roles of pupils at a village school in 1891 and are given instruction by Mrs. Crawford.
Butter and Egg Market
The Butter and Egg Market, site of the original museum, provides a fascinating insight into Helston's civic and town history, from its origins right through to the 20th century, with topics including archaeology, geology, religion, civic, and Victorian domestic life.
The Costume Gallery
The Martin Matthews Costume Gallery was opened in July, 2002 There are early Victorian gentleman's smoking caps, leggings, and a prisoner of war shirt, as well as more conventional clothing. The Ladies Cabinet includes early footwear, capes and dresses from various periods.
The museum has extensive information on various personalities of local interest. Bob Fitzsimmons 1863-1917 William Bickford 1774 €“ 1834 William Cookworthy 1705 €“ 1780 Guglielmo Marconi 1874 €“ 1937 Henry Trengrouse 1772 €“ 1854 William Penberthy Davies Gilbert, P.R.S., M.P. 1767-1840
Admission & prices
Mon-Sat 10.00am - 4.00pm
Closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day, Good Friday and Easter Sunday.
We are also closed on Flora Day - contact us for details.
Helston Museum from 1st – 11th March 2017, 10:00am-4:00pm Joining Forces is a project delivered in partnership with Cornwall Museums Partnership, Helston Museum, and Active Plus, together with the artist Tony Minn......
Helston Museum is a local history museum, which has been serving the town of Helston and the Lizard District since 1949......
Disabled access via lift to first floor and mezzanine gallery.
Well behaved dogs on leads welcome.
For enquiries, or to book a school visit, telephone 01326 564027.
Visit our website at www.helstonmuseum.co.uk
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25 Apr 17 to 23 May 17
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