Learning at St Agnes Museum

An award-winning volunteer-run Museum comprising information, artefacts and curios relating to the Parish of St. Agnes. 

St. Agnes is a beautiful coastal village with a rich history of tin and copper mining as well as fishing, although today its main trade is tourism. A visit to the museum will enhance your understanding of this special history and can be complemented with one of many walks taking in the historic mine engine house remains or lunch in one of the many restaurants, cafes or pubs.

The Museum was established in 1984 and moved to its current location in the old Chapel of Rest in 1991.



Resources available

Be Fred (9), from the East End of London, who evacuated to a St Agnes farm.  

Learn about his daily life and adventures; handle authentic artefacts; weigh out rations; try on an AR Warden's helmet; make rubbings of wartime coins; swap cigarette cards; and more. 

Two experienced teachers designed this activity, to be taken out to schools, for KS2 pupils, but it is easily adapted for any Primary School class.
All based on research from authentic documents, photos and personal reminiscences.

Be Eliza Cowling, a 10 year old Bal Maiden on her first day at work at a St Agnes tin mine, or her brother Jack (12), just beginning work underground in the 19th century.  Listen to a dialogue as an elderly Eliza looks back on her childhood.   Handle ¾-size mining artefacts and replica clothing.  Take part in a Q&A session on life in a mining community.

Two experienced teachers bring this project to your Primary School.  It is ideal for KS2 groups, but very adaptable.

• St Agnes Museum (open daily 10.30am - 5.00pm from Easter to end of October), offers the following Family Activities:
• a Treasure Chest of toys and the story of "Sam & the Leatherback Turtle" for 3-6 year olds,
• a Cuckoo Hunt and brass rubbings for 6-10 year olds   

All activities are free, but a donation to Museum funds is always welcome.


Contact the Museum's website, www.stagnesmuseum.org.uk for more information.

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