You’ll a find rather splendid radio upstairs in the museum. It sits with other radios and a really old television (the screen is tiny, smaller than my MacBook!). It looks like it’s made of wood, but it’s bakelite, the first plastic made from synthetic components. All the rage in the 1930s. The radio, with its
Perhaps one of the signs that the pandemic was coming our way, well before we’d experienced lockdown, was the national crisis over toilet rolls. Not only was there ‘panic on the streets of London, panic on the streets of Birmingham’ (lyrics by the band, The Smiths), but there was panic in Helston too. Loo rolls
As part of the response to mitigate the effects of the pandemic, in March 2020 the museum closed its doors to the public. It also closed its doors to its volunteer force too. Staff have been working away, sometimes at home and sometimes in Helston, making sure the collections are safe and that the museum
This project brought the museum together with Holifield Farm Project and Park View, both organisations offer day opportunities for adults with learning disabilities. The project was created by Open The Box Arts in 2019. The intention of the project was to give a voice and visibility to adults with learning disabilities in the Helston area. Artists Melanie Young
In 2019 the museum was approached by artist Susanna Webster who had a brilliant idea. She wanted to use everyday technology, that we are all now very familiar with, to let people digitally ‘visit’ the museum. We were very lucky to get ‘Bright Sparks’ funding through Cornwall Museums Partnership and FEAST supported by Arts Council
The Museum of Cornish Life holds an extensive collection of artwork ranging from intricate cross stitch embroidery to 19th century portraits. As the museum’s Curatorial Intern, one of my main projects involves photographing each piece in the art store and adding newly discovered information to our collections database. The aim of this project is to
It happened very quickly. When I say “it,” you know what I mean; that unimaginable shift in daily life which saw high streets hushed by an eerie silence and cultural institutions close their doors to visitors. For the past two weeks, my working landscape has taken a different shape. As a Curatorial Intern at The
Due to government advice in response to COVID-19 the museum closed on Friday 20 March. We will update our opening hours as the situation develops. We may be closed but we are still sharing stories through our website and social media.
The museum is looking for a young trustee to help us shape the future direction of the museum. We are looking for somebody who is passionate about ensuring the museum continues to attract wide ranging audiences. Most of all, we are interested in individuals who can think differently, be ambitious, and see the big picture.
In September I joined the ranks of volunteers as one of the museum’s five Citizen Curators, part of a programme facilitated by Cornwall Museums Partnership. True to form, I wasn’t sure that I could wait for the first of the taught sessions to begin my curatorial journey, and my interest had been piqued for the