It’s official. The dust sheets have been lifted, the doors unlocked, and the Flora Day Clock awoken from its hibernation. The Museum of Cornish Life is open once again and it’s been a delight to welcome back visitors. After four months of communicating with our supporters online, it feels special to see people cross the threshold and engage in person with the diverse curiosities hidden throughout the museum.
It’s also been wonderful to welcome back more of our fantastic band of volunteers (all be it from a two-metre distance)! Volunteers are the lifeblood of the museum; a creative, knowledgeable community who fill the cobbled corridors with positivity and imagination. They’ve adapted quickly to the museum’s new ways of operating and we look forward to seeing more familiar faces over the coming weeks.
As a museum, it’s important to remember that we are still learning. My own ability to operate the till after a four-month break has proved about as changeable as the Cornish weather and I might have been wearing my visor the wrong way around until politely prompted… However, we are learning every day from new encounters and will always do our upmost share the museum’s stories in the safest way we can.
We also recognise that not everyone is able or ready to return to the museum yet and will continue to connect with supporters online. On Thursday 13th at 11:30 am we’ll be running a paper flower making activity via Facebook Live. Don your creative cap and join us!
Alongside the Flora Day Clock bursting back to life, its figurines spinning and singing the unmistakeable ‘Hal an Tow,’ my favourite part of this week has been seeing visitors marvel at the museum’s collections. Over the past few months I’ve forgotten to appreciate how The Museum of Cornish Life is an extraordinary place of discovery. Next time I walk through to the office, I’ll be sure to take a moment to appreciate its treasures, from behind my visor of course… and the right way around this time.
Rachel Haddy- Curatorial Intern