Helston officially has “heroes” living amongst it and they’re championing the town’s heritage.
The Helston Makes It! event, celebrating past and present trades in the area, won its organisers the Heritage Heroes award at the Cornish Museums Partnership’s annual ceremony.
Taking place last September, it featured daily talks and workshops on various subjects, with 1,200 getting involved over the two weeks.
They were able to learn about crafts ranging from printing and ceramics to sign-writing, natural dyeing and spinning.
The Museum of Cornish Life Helston was shortlisted for five awards in total and narrowly missed out on also winning Cornish Object of the Year for its Bethlehem Pasty, which was beaten by only a few votes in a public online poll by the Gurney Stove at The Castle Heritage Centre in Bude.
It was also shortlisted in the Innovation award category for its re-branding from Helston Museum, Audience Initiative for its work with RNAS Culdrose and Environmental Responsibility for volunteers’ work on the building’s exterior.
A spokesperson said the awards not only brought a welcome boost to the museum’s finances but also acknowledged the work of its volunteers.
The next Helston Makes It! event will be held from September 14 to 28 this year. For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org.