We are very proud of our trainee curator Imogen Crarer who has successfully achieved her Gold Arts Award during her six-month internship here at the Museum of Cornish Life. It is a big achievement for her and it has been great to share the exhibitions and displays she has produced using our collection. Imogen says:
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
A short stop animation film made by year 5 Nansloe Academy Students with about the effects of plastic pollution on the planet. Made as part of Helston makes it Festival, facilitated by artist/film maker Amanda Lorens. We will be showcasing this film during our Animate Helston animation festival which is running in the museum 16th-23rd
What links the Cornish pasty, the birth place of Jesus and a Helston butcher? As Cornish butcher William Jewell sat in the desert during the midst of the Second World War, he thought back fondly to his homeland and all that he missed – not least a good old pasty to fill his stomach. The
This year is the first year that The Museum of Cornish Life has taken place in the Helston Christmas lights lantern parade! The project was made possible and made in Partnership with City of Lights. He will be going on display in the museum and the joining the parade again next year!
We have some exciting news to share with everyone, we the museum formerly known as “Helston Museum” are jumping into a new era with a new name more suited to us and what we do best. We would like to welcome you to the new “Museum of Cornish Life, Helston” we needed to change our
Helston Museum has become the first ever winner of an award for innovation at the new Cornwall Heritage Awards.
The elaborate silver gilt dress hook would have been paired with a matching loop, similar to modern day hooks and eyes, and would have been part of a set which fastened the front of his jacket instead of buttons.
An expensive loss at the time – but after being unearthed by metal detectorist Rosemary Rundle back in 2015, the tiny but exquisite item will shortly be acquired by the museum, with the help of the Friends of Helston Museum who are helping with the purchase costs.
Thanks to Heritage Lottery Funding we were able to undertake a huge project to digitise our entire photographic collection. We wanted to make them more easily accessible for everyone and the resulting website is a fantastic new resource for anyone wanting to research the history of the area or if you just want to take a look back at Helston through the years.