"The BIGGEST Little Museum in Cornwall"

  The museum is housed in a Georgian building on Fore Street in central Lostwithiel. It was originally the Corn Exchange and  has also been a school-room, a butchers, then a magistrate's court and the town jail. Nowadays the building houses the Guildhall, which is used for meetings of Lostwithiel Town Council, above the museum.
The museum was founded in 1972 and  it is now is now a fully accredited museum and a registered charity, which is run entirely by volunteers


Last few 2020 Calendars still available. Now only £2 from  Watts Trading,  Uzella Court and Lost In Books  in Lostwithiel.


Page updated 17th March 2020

 The Museum closed for the 2019 season on Friday 25th October 2019.

 In  light of issues related to Coronavirus,  the museum will not re-open on Monday 6 April 2020.

  The new opening date will be advised when available.  

A statement from the Museum Association Committee is available here.


Heritage Walks will be suspended until further notice.


Window Display January 2020

Our Window Display for January 2020  features  books about Cornwall and The Cornish, sponsored by Sue Appleby.

(Click on above image for larger view)

 Sue Appleby, who visited the Museum during May 2019, is the author of the book,The Cornish in the Caribbean, a valuable and fascinating contribution to the history of the Cornish who moved to the West Indies. Whilst it is well known that many Cornish men and women moved overseas this is the first study to tell the stories of some of those who moved to the Caribbean. Whilst some became wealthy plantation owners, others were servants and labourers or members of the armed services. Cornish officers and crew sailed on the Falmouth Packet Service ships which took mail to and from the Caribbean. As Methodism was strong in Cornwall, missionaries and their wives went to the Caribbean to evangelise the enslaved and also the newly free. Not surprisingly, as mining declined in Cornwall the greatest contribution the Cornish made to the Caribbean were their mining skills.

Thank you to Sue Appleby for supporting the Museum by sponsoring the window display, to Lost in books for supplying the books, to Issy Bettin, Ian Gillett, Maggie Lancaster and Peter Best for their help with additional ideas and props for the display.

  Our feature book: The Cornish in the Caribbean from the 17th to 19th centuries, by Sue Appleby, published by Matador ISBN 978 1 78901 713 7 is available from Lost in Books, Quay St, Lostwithiel. 

You can read more about Sue and her latest book on her website.

More images from the display on our flickr pages


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