May Half Term

May Half Term
Wheal Martyn

By: Rachel Bell
Added: 09 May 2016

Roll up your sleeves for some creative fun ... Cornwall’s museums are all geared up
and ready with heaps of activities to get stuck into this May Half Term.
Get doodling with drawing and making workshops, help create a giant owl and pussycat
sculpture in Falmouth or make a 3D landscape there’s plenty to keep little hands busy
and engaged this half term.
Plus there’s an array of temporary and permanent exhibitions to choose from you won’t
be short of things for the whole family to enjoy.
These pages give you the low down on happenings at 6 museums across Cornwall.

Falmouth Art Gallery

The award winning Falmouth Art Gallery is family friendly and free. It has an
outstanding collection of art that ranges from Pre-Raphaelite masterpieces
and British Impressionist paintings to contemporary prints, photography and
automata. The collection is showcased through the vibrant and innovative
exhibition programme. The exhibitions change regularly and are designed
to be enjoyed by audiences of all ages

Jerwood Drawing Price
23rd April to 4th June
The Jerwood Drawing Prize is the largest and longest running annual open exhibition
for drawing in the UK, attracting over three thousand submissions in 2015.
Sixty of these were selected for this prestigious exhibition by a panel of artists, curators
and art historians. The exhibition showcases the work of drawing practitioners, from students
to established artists, and highlights the importance of drawing in creative practice.

The gallery has a Doodle Table with self-led art activities. There’s a variety of different
media every month.
There are regular Drop-In Family Workshops – these are creative sessions for families
and children of all ages. They run from 11am to 3pm and are themed to our exhibitions,
here’s what’s coming up for May Half Term;
Drawing With Forfeits
Saturday 7th May
Join us for all manner of drawing and doodling games. Try your hand at speed
sketching, left hand versus right hand, drawing upside down and many more
scribbling skills! Enjoy a game of chance to create amazing drawings.

Drawing With All Things Messy
Thursday 2nd June, 11am - 3pm
Create storms with charcoal and chalk!
Doodling To Music
Friday 3rd June
Join us for a dose of doodling as we improvise music, words and pictures. Musical
whizz Roger Luxton will be bringing his special array of percussion instruments and
helping us to find our voices in song. Jo Lumber will be doodling with drawing, spoken
and written word. There will be the opportunity to record our musical, wordy mash-ups
and create a Falmouth Art Gallery Musical Doodle Stew!

Mono-Printing With Tony John
Saturday 4th June
Take inspiration from the last day of the Jerwood Drawing Prize 2015 exhibition
to explore the use of drawing in your own mono-print!
Lift access, disabled toilet and baby changing facilities available.

National Maritime Museum Cornwall

The multi-award winning National Maritime Museum Cornwall has 15 galleries,
over five floors beautifully illustrating the past, present and future of this island nation
and features a number of stunning exhibitions dedicated to the sea, boats and Cornwall.
With hands-on activities, talks, lectures, workshops, rotating events and exhibitions,
there’s so much happening, don’t miss your chance for a visit.

Viking Voyagers
Until 2 January 2017
Take an epic journey into the Viking world. Discover the secret of the Vikings’ success
and explore the truth behind the popular myth of the bloodthirsty raiders.
Encounter Norse voyagers, experience Viking life over 1000 years ago and climb aboard
a full scale replica Viking ship. Get up close to rare antiquities on loan from the British
Museum, National Museum of Ireland, Manx National Heritage and National Museum of
Denmark, many on display for the first time in the UK.

King Cnut: Holding Back the Tide
Until 3rd January 2017
Dive under the waves in our Tidal Zone and meet King Cnut a thousand years after he
became King of England. What was the truth behind the legend of King Cnut holding
back the waves? Enjoy our audio-visual spectacle in our unique under-water gallery
and meet the Viking warrior who became a king and emperor of the sea.

Mystery of the Darlwyne
30th April to 4th September
50 years since the loss of the pleasure boat Darlwyne off the Cornish coast, this
exhibition commemorates this tragedy through photography, testimony and footage.

The Dragon’s Den
24 Mar-30 Oct
Enter our Vikings and Dragons Playzone! Explore the world of Viking myths,
monsters and legends with games galore and fun for kids of all ages. Dress as
a Viking and become a raider or trader, take on the giant magnetic Viking picture
puzzle and slide down the neck of Fafnir the fearsome dragon if you dare!

Owl Encounters Super-sized Weekend
Saturday 28th & Sunday 29th May, 12pm to 3.30pm
“The Owl and the Pussycat went to sea in a beautiful pea green boat…” Meet the
amazing owls from Screech Owl sanctuary and work with our artist to create a giant
owl and pussycat sculpture.
Boats, Birds and Beasts
Saturday 28th May to Sunday 5th June , 12-3.30pm
Build a rubber band boat and race it on our boat pool. Make owl and cat masks and
other crafts inspired by Edward Lear’s nonsense poem.

Story and Song
Tuesday 31 May, 11am, 12.30pm & 2pm
Join in the nonsensical antics of the Owl and The Pussycat in a musical rendition of
Edward Lear’s poem.
Thursday 2nd June, 11.30am, 12.30pm & 2pm
Meet the Norse men and women from our Viking Voyagers exhibition and experience
horrible, hairy history brought to life with Morvleydh, the Sea Wolves. Plus make your
own authentic ‘King Cnut’ Viking age coin to take home.

All activities are FREE with Museum entrance ticket unless otherwise stated. One creative
craft activity each day. Adult supervision required.
Entrance Prices
Adults £12.50
Children (Under 18s) £5
Children (Under 5s) Free
Buy a full price individual ticket and get in to the Maritime Museum free for a full year
Fully wheelchair accessible, level access to entrance, lift and ramps. Accessible toilets
on 1st and 2nd floors. Guide Dogs and Dogs for the Deaf welcome. Large format guide
book. Baby change facilities available.
All activities are FREE with Museum entrance ticket unless otherwise stated.
One creative craft activity each day. Adult supervision required.

Penlee House Gallery & Museum

Open Monday to Saturday 10am to 4.30pm (November to March)
10am to 5pm (April to October)

Fred Hall: from Newlyn School to Caricature
Until Saturday 11th June 2016
As well as producing some outstanding rural realist paintings during his time
at Newlyn, Fred Hall (1860 – 1948) left a unique legacy in the form of witty caricatures
of his fellow artists. Born in Stillington in Yorkshire, Fred Hall studied in Antwerp
alongside Frank Bramley and became a keen advocate of the new ‘square brush’
technique, along with painting in the open air, making him a natural candidate for
the new art colony in Newlyn, where he settled from the mid-1880s to 1898.
This exhibition brings together a range of work from this versatile artist who also
painted not only in Newlyn, but also the landscapes around Porlock and Newbury.
Caricature of Fortescue by Fred Hall, 1890. Tate 2016
Penlee House Gallery & Museum is an elegant gallery
set within a Victorian house and park.
Changing exhibitions mainly feature the art of the
area from 1880 to 1940, often including the famous
Newlyn School artists such as Stanhope and Elizabeth
Forbes, Walter Langley, Harold Harvey and ‘Lamorna’
The museum collections cover the archaeology
and social history of West Cornwall, and include an
extensive photographic archive. Penlee House also
offers an excellent café and well-stocked shop.

Cartoon Workshop with Nick Brennan
Tuesday 31st May, 10am – 12pm
Inspired by Fred Hall’s caricatures in the current exhibition, cartoonist Nick Brennan will
be showing you how to draw funny faces of yourself and people you know.
Cost: £4.50 Booking essential, for children aged 7 – 13 years.
Tel. 01736 363625 or email

Penlee run free family drop-in workshops, every Saturday from 2.30pm - 3.30pm

3D Landscapes
Saturday 28th May
We’ll be recreating Fred Hall’s lovely landscapes in simple 3D in our family drop-in
Free. Children must be accompanied.

Season Wheels
Saturday 4th June
Spring, summer autumn, winter… make your own simple season wheel using our
colourful materials. Drop-in family workshop. Free. Children must be accompanied.

Entrance Prices
Children (under 18) FREE
Standard adult £4.50
Concessions £3.00
Ramped/lift access throughout, adapted toilet and baby changing facilities,
three disabled parking spaces available


Telegraph Museum Porthcurno

Telegraph Museum Porthcurno offers a surprising and inspiring visit time and time again.
Porthcurno’s golden sandy beach hides an amazing secret. Beneath your feet,
messages from all corners of the globe have been buzzing through undersea cables
since 1870, making Porthcurno one of the most connected places on the planet and
a hub of global communications, even today.

Discover Cornwall’s hidden history at the award-winning Telegraph Museum
Porthcurno. Interactive exhibitions, live demonstrations and family-friendly activities
bring to life the story of communications which have shaped our modern world. Step
back in time in Porthcurno’s famous Wartime tunnels and experience the sights and
sounds of the world’s biggest telegraph station.
There is a lovely café which is free to visit, whether or not you’re visiting the exhibitions.
The menu focuses on simple, seasonal and fresh food, often using locally sourced
Cornish ingredients. Free superfast WIFI is available for all café visitors.

NEW Valley Tales & Trails Exhibitions
Explore the new ‘Valley Tales & Trails exhibition” and find out how Porthcurno’s role in
shaping modern communication affected the local landscape and community. Be guided
by stories of Porthcurno’s lasting legacy, and connect the outdoor landscape with the
richly told stories inside the Museum. Imagine the buzz of pioneering communication
in Porthcurno in 1870, to the technical training college that continued here until 1993.
This small Cornish coastal village changed the way people connect across the world.
Wander around the coastal valley of Porthcurno as part of the ‘Valley Trails’ element of the
exhibition. Let the inspiring stories guide you on a path around one of the most beautiful
and historically important coastal villages in Britain. Put on your walking shoes and venture
forth to uncover places you never knew formed part of Porthcurno’s communication
heritage. Visit the Exiles Sport’s Field just next to the Minack, or walk the South West Coast
Path and take a moment to reflect at the Cable Hut. A place where the cables that made
Porthcurno the most connected valley in the world are visible to this day.
Explore the ‘Valley Tales’ part of the exhibition inside the Museum, and visualise how the
Valley looked when the training college was at its peak. In 20 years, the landscape in
Porthcurno has changed phenomenally. Immerse yourself in the indoor exhibition, where
the outdoor landscape is recreated inside. Brought to life by rich stories from those that
lived and breathed the communication revolution.
Pick up your trail map from the Museum’s reception. The ‘Valley Trail’ is free, and the indoor
‘Valley Tales’ exhibition is included with Museum admission.


Entrance Prices
Children under 5 free
Children (5-16) £5.00
Family (2 adults and up to 3 children) £23.50
Adult £8.50
Seniors (60+) £7.50
Students £6.00
Gift Aid your ticket for unlimited FREE return for a year.
Museum café and shop are free to visit. The museum is accessible to visitors with
mobility impairments or pushchairs with the exception of the World War II escape steps.
Disabled parking available close to entrance. Accessible toilets and baby changing

Royal Cornwall Museum Truro

The Royal Cornwall Museum in Truro has the unique position of holding Poldark author,
Winston Graham’s original notebooks showing his internationally best-selling novels in
long hand.
Our aim is to champion a better understanding of Cornwall’s unusual relationship
with the wider world through one of the most significant British emigrations
of the 19th Century.
We also want visitors to take advantage of our special role as the only museum in
Cornwall with, a British Museum supported, Ancient Greek, Roman and Egyptian
permanent exhibition, along with our ceramic collection on loan from the V&A,
a world-renowned mineral collection and exceptional art on display.

All Monsters Great and Small
Until Tuesday 30th August 2016
From the Sphinx to ‘Nessy’, monsters have played a part in human culture from
the earliest civilizations to the present day. They continue to fascinate all ages and
societies and abound in contemporary culture. The forthcoming exhibition will explore
the psychology behind the invention of monsters, how they have changed over time
and Cornwall’s very own particular beasts.
Royal Cornwall Museum

Boo Beaumont
Until Thursday 30th June 2016
Boo Beaumont is an award-winning XRay artist, film-maker and photographer with
works in many prestigious public and private collections worldwide. Twelve of her ‘
Remarkable Women’ portraits are in the National Portrait Gallery collection in London.
Her XRay work has been exhibited at the V&A Museum; the Hyogo Museum of Art in
Kobe, Japan; and the Brazilian Museum of Art in Sao Paulo.
She was the first female to have works hung in the Museum of Islamic Art in Qatar. Her
groundbreaking film ‘Metamorph’ will be shown for the first time, in a gallery setting, at
this exhibition.

Walk. Stop. Walk
Friday 18th March to Thursday 30th June 2016
Environmental Art is a broad term that covers often politically or ecologically motivated
artwork. Tony Plant is at its very heart; he’s also a prolific creator of transient, whole
beach sand drawings, and is regularly invited to ‘make work’. For this exhibition space
Plant has created a body of drawings, paintings and sketches based on the Cornish
coastline – day and night – this work is rooted in the Cornish landscape and the
experience of moving through it, one step at time which is inspiration for exhibition title

FREE Art and Craft dased messy Monday
Monday 30th May

Handling sessions.
Daily during half term, 11am
Come and touch treasures from over 3000 years ago, hold real ancient objects and
transport yourself back into the past.
Make and Take workshops
Daily during half term, 12pm
01872 272205 | L@RoyalCornwall
River Street, Truro, Cormwall TR1 2SJ
Royal Cornwall Museum
Entrance Prices
Under 16’s go free
£5.50 for a day pass (including a £1 voluntary donation)
Become a ‘Friend’ of the museum, receive an annual pass, newsletter and invitations to
all our event £10 direct debit/£12 non direct debit

Wheal Martyn Museum & Country Park

Set within 26 acres in the heart of Cornwall Wheal Martyn offers a great day out for all
the family, even the dog! The picturesque site includes nature trails, woodland walks
and is home to the UK’s only china clay heritage centre, set amongst preserved remains
of a Victorian clay works.
See Cornwall’s largest working waterwheel, witness modern mining in action and
explore ancient buildings and vintage commercial vehicles. The rich history of the
china clay industry is brought to life in the interactive centre which tells the story of
china clay from past to present. There’s also a wonderful café, gift shop and children’s
play area.

Jack Clemo: Tragedy and Triumph
The remarkable story of a deaf-blind Poet
Until June 2016
Discover the work and life of renowned local poet and writer, Jack Clemo.
The exhibition features original artefacts from Clemo’s home and tells the story of a
man who lived most of his life in the heart of the clay country, inspired by its landscape
and industry. It will tell of the tragedy of his early years, his physical decline, as well as
his literary rise and of those who influenced his life. Most of all, it will paint a picture of
a man who defied adversity to become one of the most original literary figures of his
time. He first experienced problems with his eyes aged five, then more significantly aged
13. He became deaf around 1936 and blind in 1955. His work was unique, using the stark
Clay Country landscape to explore universal themes like suffering, faith, love and sex.
Enjoy the Spring
Come along and explore your creative side with card making, vase designing with silk
flowers, colour pictures and painting.

Pit to Port Tour
2nd June
Enjoy this land rover tour taking you from the clay pit where the clay is mined to the
coast where the clay is exported across the sea. £15pp booking essential.

Entrance Prices
Children (under 5s) FREE
Children (6 to 16) £5
Adults £9.75
Concession (60+, students, with a valid NUS card) £8
Family (2 adults and 2 children) £27
Family (2 adults and up to 4 children) £33
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Wheal Martyn Museum & Country Park | 01726 850362
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Carthew, St Austell, Cornwall PL26 8XG

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