‘Helston Makes It!’ is a project created by and delivered by a team of amazing museum volunteers. This annual event started in 2017 and each year celebrates past and present trades. Through a varied programme people can learn about crafts ranging from printing and ceramics to sign-writing, natural dyeing and spinning.
In 2019 the volunteer team won he Heritage Heroes award at the Cornish Museums Partnership’s annual ceremony for the programme of talks and workshops they curated on various subjects, attracting over 1,200 people to to the museum.
In 2020 rising to the challenge of Covid-19 the tem pulled together a set of films to showcase local makers and their amazing talents.
- Carving with John Samworth and Rodger Gluyas from Cornwall Woodcarvers
- Guitar making with Martin Douglas
- Quilting with Sara Price
- Whittling with John Samworth from Cornwall Woodcarvers
We were delighted to return in 2021 and captured some of the talented makers:
- Silversmith Anna Rennie
- Tess Collett from Glazed Expression
- Textile artist Bettina Holland
- Serpentine worker Don Taylor
- Piecework with Vicki Aimers
Each year as part of the project a local primary school has worked with artist Amanda Lorens to explore craft and create the their own stop-motion animation.
- St Michael’s – The Church on Helston’s Hill 2020 by St Michael’s Primary School telling the story of how the church was built
- ‘Museum of Change’ 2019 by Parc Eglos Schools imagines what museum objects would like to be.
- ‘Recyclemation for our Nation’ 2018 by Nansloe Academy considers the impact of pollution and importance of recycling.