"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 15th April 2019

The  museum is now open Monday to Friday 10.30-4.30.  We will be closing on Friday 25th October 2019.

We also open on public holidays and town event days such as LostFest and Dickensian Evening.  Occasionally  the museum opens  Saturday mornings.  

Entry is free, but donations very welcome.


Window Display October 2019

Our iatest Window Display is about Hat Makers and Hat Suppliers in Lostwithiel.

Today, when you read the list of bespoke makers and suppliers of hats in Lostwithiel featured in our display it is hard to believe that there were quite so many in such a small town. We perhaps need to be reminded that 'once upon a time' to go out without wearing a hat was not acceptable.

One of the difficulties with hats is storing and keeping them in good condition. Sadly, many wonderful hats become 'victims of deterioration or destruction ' over time so it hasn't been easy to locate the ones on display.  
The history of 'hats for every occasion' is a fascinating one. With thanks to Fiona, Judy, Red and Keith for loaning the hats on display, and to Maggie,Gill and Amanda for executing the display.

The display is kindly sponsored by MKM Extrusions



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