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Under the Eaves: Evaristo’s Epitaph

This ‘under the eaves’ feature follows a different route to a curious story about a master, Thomas Johns and his former slave, a black man, Evaristo Muchovela, who came to live in Cornwall in the 1860s. He died in 1868 and his grave is in Wendron churchyard. One of the objects in the museum is

© IWM HU91777 -Terence, son of Francis and Alice Matthews, as a child during the Second World War. Terence was evacuated to Cornwall during 1940 - 1944. Museum News

WW2 – A Cornish Story: Evacuees

What was everyday life like in Cornwall during the Second World War? What kind of sights, sounds and smells would have greeted the many visitors and newcomers who found themselves in the county as a consequence of this momentous conflict? At the Museum of Cornish Life, in collaboration with Bodmin Keep, we have recently embarked

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“Can you spot me?”

“Can you spot me?”, isn’t that just what we say when we look at old school photos?  So many visitors at the Museum do this when they reach the school photos in the link corridor between the Meat Market and Drill Hall.  We look for ourselves or a relative, peering at the tiny faces all

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The Egyptian Collection, Part 2

Fascinated by ancient Egypt since I was a child, the opportunity to research a previously unknown case of Egyptian artefacts in the museum was one I could not pass by. Although I am by no means an Egyptologist, I want to share with you some insights into a few of the artefacts that have been

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Animate Helston – 2021 Programme

Join us online for our annual animation take-over, developed in partnership with Cornwall Film Festival and Falmouth University. To Watch: We are sharing with you a range of films selected by the museum and our partners. The animations explore all aspects of life and its challenges. Please be aware some young children or adults may

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Under The Eaves: The Egyptian Collection

Tucked at the back of the Victorian classroom is a cabinet with a small collection of Egyptian artefacts. In my time circumnavigating the museum looking for objects and peering into corners, I confess that I have never noticed it. My route to it came from trying to work out what had been folded into the

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Under the Eaves: Sugar nips

Photo Credit: Nina Verdon This strange looking implement, somewhere between a pair of pincers and a pair of scissors, is one of the objects that Isobel King (our Community Engagement Curator) likes to take out of the handling boxes and present to school children. She will ask them what they think it is, and they

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WW2 Project Begins at the Museum

We are delighted in 2021 to be working collaboratively with Bodmin Keep on a project with the Imperial War Museum (IWM). Thanks to Lottery Players the IWM has received funding to open two new galleries on the Second World War and Holocaust. This project also sees IWM working with eight cultural partners across the UK