"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


2019  SEASON

Page updated 1st January 2020

 The Museum closed for the 2019 season on Friday 25th October 2019.  The opening date for the next season will be Monday 6 April 2020.

Entry is free, but donations very welcome.


Window Display January 2020

Our Window Display for January 2020  features  The Cornish In Other
Parts Of The World,
sponsored by Sue Appleby

Sue has just published "The Cornish in the Caribbean from the 17th to the 19th Centuries"

The Cornish in the Caribbean is the first study to tell the stories of some of the many Cornish men and women who went to the Caribbean.
Some became wealthy plantation owners, while others came as indentured servants and labourers.
Cornish men were active in the armed services, taking part in the numerous sea and land battles fought by the competing European powers throughout the region. Cornish officers and crew sailed on the ships of the Falmouth Packet Service which took the mail to and from the Caribbean.
Methodism was strong in Cornwall and Methodist missionaries and their wives came to the Caribbean to evangelise both the enslaved and the newly free.

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


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